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Using Microsoft Virtual PC

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Since starting to work towards my MCSE 2003, I’ve been able to set up a lab here at the school with Server 2003 and an XP client to connect to the domain.  But I wanted to be able to do some lab work at home as well. 

Enter the MCSE forums, particularly the MC MCSE Forums.  This is where I found out about someone in the same situation as myself, with the advice that they should download a copy of Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2007, and an evaluation copy (good for 180 days) of Server 2003.

So I grabbed a copy of both.  The Server 2003 came as a Virtual Hard Disk image that can be downloaded (along with a number of other OS/application images) here.

The only issue that I’ve come across is trying to install Adminpak.msi on the server, which would give me access to things like Active Directory Users & Computers.  But when I try to install it from a physical Server 2003 CD, I get an error message that it can only be installed on Server 2003 or Windows XP machines running Service Pack 2 or later.  My home machine is running XP Pro with Service Pack 3, just to eliminate that possibility.

Has anyone else come across this, and if they have, is there a solution?  I have to admit that I haven’t looked to see if there’s a copy of Adminpak.msi in an /i386 folder included with the VHD or not, but I’ll do that when I get home tonight.


Written by The Geek

July 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Posted in Windows

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