Being curious about Visual studio 2008 I wanted to try the VPC with the Team Suite edition on it (Visual Studio Team System 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite (Virtual PC)).
After all the beta trouble with Visual Studio 2005 and SQL server 2005, my feeling is that VPC's are very good to try out a beta version.

So I downloaded the VPC (7 parts) from my MSDN Subscription.
It's a 11 Gigabyte download so it took a while, finally the download was ready.
I fired up Virtual PC 2007 and started to add a new excisting VPC, all went well untill I wanted to start the VPC.
The following message appeared:
"The parent virtual hard disk has been deleted or has been movedfrom it's previous location. Please select the new location of the parent virtual hard disk."


The parent virtual hard disk has been deleted or has been moved from it's previous location. Please select the new location of the parent virtual hard disk

Ofcourse the Base01.vhd is not on my machine. When I clicked the Cancel button the following message appeared:
"Virtual PC was not able to create an undo disk.
Please verify that you have sufficient privileges to write to the virtual machine configuration directory, and that the physical hard disk containing your virtual machine configuration is not full. If the virtual machine is attached to a differencing virtual disk, please verify that he virtual hard disk's parent was not modified without using the differencing virtual hard disk."

Virtual PC was not able to create an undo disk. Please verify that you have sufficient privileges to write to the virtual machine configuration directory, and that the physical hard disk containing your virtual machine configuration is not full. If the virtual machine is attached to a differencing virtual disk, please verify that he virtual hard disk's parent was not modified without using the differencing virtual hard disk.
Virtual PC was not able to create an undo disk.

The VPC was closed.
I really did not know what to do next. So I asked my uncle Google once more...
I found out that Microsoft also offers a version of the VPC to non- MSDN Subscribers: Microsoft Pre-release Software Visual Studio Team System 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite (Virtual PC).
On this page a >VSCTPBase.vhd can be downloaded. Now when I start the VPC I point to the downloaded Base Image when the 'Select File' window appeared, the message "the Virtual PC was not able to create an undo disk" appeared, but the VPC works!


Henry Cordes
My thoughts exactly...


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