I’ve finally reached a working solution for SDM with the aid of the brilliant multi-platform VirtualBox. I can run this set-up on OSX Snow Leopard or XP/Vista.
I used a Windows 2000 Professional VM that I had available and I’ve set it up to meet the SDM requirements.
- Internet Explorer 6 SP1 as w2K ships with IE5.
- Java JRE 1.6.0_03 – This can be found in the Oracle Java Archives.
- Disable Java Updates in the Java settings in Windows Control Panel.
- Set the Java User Runtime parameter to -Xmx256m in Java Runtime Environment Settings, otherwise you’ll get an error message from SDM when you try and access the IPS menu item.
- Install SDM 2.5.
Please understand that W2K is no longer supported by MS so this should only be used for SDM in a controlled environment. Continue reading