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I'd like to run a windows server 2008 in Virtual PC on my windows 7 machine. It seems like I can either turn on the vm with its screen on, or turn it off/hibernate. Is it possible to make it run at the background?

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With Virtual PC, there is no built-in way of doing this. This is what Microsoft designed Virtual Server for. VMWare can run virtual machines in the background if an alternative is a possibility for you. See The How-To Geek's Guide on how to run them in the background on VMWare. For a free solution, VirtualBox can run VMs in the background as well with the -headless switch.

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run VMware, i've been using it and in my opinion is the best :)

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