As you see in the above image, all drives on my host or Windows 7 system are mapped as network drives in the VM. Now, at the command prompt, if you run Net use command, it reveals that they are infact mapped to the host. if you have noticed, network drive mapping is pointing to TSCLIENT. Now, what is TSCLIENT? I don’t know the answer yet. That is certainly not my Windows 7 computer name. I will come to this topic in a later post.
One point worth noting is, you can have only one connection to virtual Windows XP. This means, you cannot access the console of the VM and virtual applications at the same time. When you try to do that you get to see what is shown in the below screen capture.
coming to the virtual machine settings, you will be able to change quite a few settings of the Virtual Windows XP instance. You can access this window in two ways
1. Start -> All Programs -> Windows Virtual PC -> Virtual Machines and then select the virtual Windows XP instance, right-click on it select Settings
2. Start -> All Programs -> Windows Virtual PC -> Virtual Windows XP and then select Tools Menu -> Settings.
Either way it opens the below dialog
While most of the settings you see in this window are not new, “close” Action is worth discussing. This to some extent impacts your vitual application startup performance. This setting basically defines what should happen when you click on the “x” or close button of the Virtual Windows XP console window. It is by default set to Hibernate. Other possible options are “Shutdown” or “Turn off”. I prefer leaving it as “Hibernate”. This is because, if the VM is in a Shutdown state when you try to access a virtual application, it will take longer time to switch on the VM and then give you access to the application. However, when you hibernate the VM, it takes a few seconds to bring up the virtual application.
When you close a virtual application, VM will not be hibernated. It will still be running in the background. Yes, I prefer sending the VM to hibernate state when no virtual applications are running but that is not how it is designed.
Ok. That is it for now. More on installing your own virtual machine later.