Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer
You need to install Server 2003 in its own VM, not in a VM that already has XP in it. There are many ways to install an OS into Virtual PC - I suggest googling for instructions. We can't exactly tell you how, since it's a research project you have to complete.
Think of it this way - if you have a brand new computer with a brand new hard drive, would you install Windows 7 on it and then try to install Server 2003 inside of Windows 7? No, you would install Server 2003 on the brand new hard drive.
To be honest, I didn't realize Server 2003 was treated as an OS. The way his instructions vaguely explained it are to put MySQL and Server 2003 inside the virtual PC program. So, I've been approaching this the wrong way for the most part it seems.
Edit: I think a lot of this brought on myself above because I didn't realize 2003 was like an OS, and I thought you had to have an OS like XP on a virtual machine to do anything server related... To be fair, none of the guides I read made this distinction probably because they thought you'd already know this. And our discussion board I guess I may have been confused because a classmate said that he had had luck by downloading and installing Server 2003 from within a virtual machine...
Okay, I've seen a YouTube video of creating a virtual PC with an older version of the virtual PC software, and it gives the option of a drop box of selecting which OS you want to put on it. The only options I have are to name it, where it should be located, RAM allocated, use network connections, create a dynamically expanding disk, use an existing virtual hard disk, and create a virtual hard disk. I've not been able to find a video of doing this successfully on Windows 7.
But I really use the term research project loosely here. The teacher didn't state it as such (my term, not his) since it's just a lab. But basically he just said he's not using a text book and go find our answers on the net. I've been working on this all week without instructions or a book trying to find answers on the internet and I'm so close yet not there yet.
I had tried to initially download an ISO from Microsoft's website and burn that to a CD (but I think virtual PCs can load the ISO off the PC so burning is not required), changing the boot order to the drive first and HD second, but it doesn't recognize there's anything there and fails to boot anything (since it's blank). I think I may be using the wrong server 2003 ISO, but I'm not sure which is the right one for what I'm trying to do here. For example, I have a 64-bit operating system, but the MySQL 64-bit version doesn't work inside the virtual machine and the 32-bit does instead. Looking up My Computer and then Properties doesn't bring up the bit info for the virtual PC, so I'm guessing a virtual installation of XP just runs off 32-bit.
Would I be right in assuming I need to download an ISO of the 32-bit Server 2003, configure the virtual PC disc drive to load that ISO, change the boot order to the disc drive, and start up the virtual PC I want to have Server 2003 on it?
I'm sorry to sound like I'm stressing over this (well, I am), but I have to have all this on there before I can take future classes.