Disabling System Speaker Output from Virtual Server

by Chris Sanders [Published on 7 Dec. 2006 / Last Updated on 7 Dec. 2006]

The type of beep a virtual machine can push out from a virtual server is something that you may be dying to disable. This is how you do it.

One of the first things you may notice when dealing with Virtual Server is that it ports the windows critical stop sound to the host computers system speaker. However, if you have ever heard this beep you know it is not a standard system speaker beep. As a matter of fact, it is a loud, one second, obnoxious beep that is comparable in annoyance to that of a car horn.

The best solution for getting rid of this annoyance is to completely disable the system speaker on your guest operating systems. To do this, simply go to the start menu, select run, and type:

sc config beep start = disabled

There may also be situations where you only want to disable the system speaker temporarily. If that is the case, you will open the start menu, select run, and type:

net stop beep

This will disable the beep until the next restart, or until you go to the run dialog box and type:

net start beep


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at www.chrissanders.org.

The Author — Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at www.chrissanders.org contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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