Virtual Server 2005 R2 gives network administrators an easy way of consolidating multiple servers and operating systems on to a single computer. Instead of using a dedicated server for every application and service, you can run the applications and services within virtual server instances. This allows you to continue to isolate applications and services while making better use of existing hardware.

However, as with every piece of software that you install on a computer, there are potential problems that can arise, some easier than others to troubleshoot and resolve. Problems can occur in a number of different areas including networking, installing the Virtual Machine Additions component, starting virtual machines and so on.

In this series of articles I will outline some of the common problems that can occur with Virtual Server 2005 R2 and how you can fix them.

One of the first problems you might see when running Virtual Server is with the right Alt key. By default, this is the Host key and on some keyboards the keystrokes used to access menus (Host Key + Alt + keyboard shortcut) do not work. The workaround for this problem is to designate another key as the Host Key.

To change the Host key through the Administration Web site:

  1. Open the Administration Web site.
  2. Under Virtual Machines, point to Configure and select the appropriate virtual machine.
  3. From the Status page, point to the virtual machine name and click Turn On.
  4. Click Remote Control once the virtual machine is turned on.
  5. Click Remote Control and the click Set host Key.
  6. Select the option you want to use and click OK.

[tags]virtual server, r2[/tags]