Subject: Re: Microsoft Virtual Server...
To: Chavdar Ivanov <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 04/08/2006 23:06:49
On Wed, 5 Apr 2006 01:01:50 +0100, "Chavdar Ivanov" <>

> Hi, all,
> Just a bit of fun here. You may have noticed that Microsoft Virtual
> Server 2005 R2  [] is available
> now as a free download. It also happens to be able to run NetBSD quite
> well, judging from the 15 minutes I spent yesterday with it ( I had
> NetBSD 3.0 running on it approximately 20 minutes after the download
> completed, networking, X and everything... ).
> shows one of my
> -current machines running a Remote Desktop session to a W2K3 server
> with a visible NetBSD X11 desktop (in the background xterm one can see
> Gnome 2.14 being compiled locally). I guess that even might have some
> minimal geek value, especially if I start a VNC session from the
> Virtual NetBSD onto the -current machine.^8*}
> I will have a look later today at the performace figures (well, I
> know, I should have been usin Xen, but I decided to wait until Dom0 is
> working for Xen 3.0 under NetBSD; also the W2K3 server is somewhat
> underused, so I can help myself to it's free cycles).
Hmm -- can it handle a NetBSD partition?  If it could, it would be worth
seeing how well NetBSD runs on my laptop under it; the better power
management and device driver support make it tempting.

		--Steven M. Bellovin,