Thursday, 4 September 2008

Getting Virtual Server 2005 R2 to work on Vista

Had a bit of a nitemare getting this to work properly but eventually got there.

First make sure you go into the Enable Windows features and switch on the following:

Under Web Management Tools enable:
IIS Management Console

Under IIS 6 Management Compatibility enable:
IIS Metabase and IIS6 configuration compatibility

Under Application Development Features enable:

Under Common Http Features enable:
Default Document
Directory Browsing
HTTP Errors
Static Content

Under Health and Diagnostics enable:
HTTP Logging
Request Monitor

Under Performance Features enable:
Static Content Compression

Under Security enable:
Windows Authentication

Then install Virtual Server.

Once installed open up the administration website in IE using the following link:


ALSO ENSURE YOU RUN IE as Administrator!!!!! This is a biggy and is what stumped me for ages! If you dont you will get the following error message:

Could not connect to Virtual Server. Access was denied.
You can specify an alternate Virtual Server below.

Also note that when you signed in you will have to login the following way:


or domain\username

If you try and login with just username it will fail and give you the machinename.domain/username in the popup. This will still not work until you remove the machine name part.

Hope this helps you out.

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