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Windows 7: VM ware noob questions

09 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 
VM ware noob questions

Do you guys use a third party VM ware or do you use virtualization for windows XP?? Also is virtualziation really vm ware?? I am looking to put some vm ware on my workstation to test files for accuracy and viruses before loading them to my server. I have thought about doing a VPNing to an old machine but after weeks of research I found out that you can still obtain a virus through VPN. Any good articles or tutorials on vmware here?? My apologies I dont know really what to look for or where to start.

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09 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by graphicsman View Post
Do you guys use a third party VM ware or do you use virtualization for windows XP?? Also is virtualziation really vm ware?? I am looking to put some vm ware on my workstation to test files for accuracy and viruses before loading them to my server. I have thought about doing a VPNing to an old machine but after weeks of research I found out that you can still obtain a virus through VPN. Any good articles or tutorials on vmware here?? My apologies I dont know really what to look for or where to start.
I use Virtualbox: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads It is really fast and has better graphics than Windows XP Mode. Note: You need to have a license for XP to activate it in the virtual machine.
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09 May 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

Just for the record, WMware is a virtualization software, a VM or Virtual Machine is the actual appliance...

You can choose from 3 options (by now, unless I'm mistaken) Microsoft Virtual PC, VMware Player (or Workstation if you are for purchasing the full product) or VirtualBox, this last is the one I use too... although I'm waiting for parallel port support (for some legacy hardware I have) but is my primary soft for virtualization on my laptop.

If you are for testing only software and stuff not too specific, VirtualBox is just perfect, if you need something like in my case (for my desktop, I need parallel port support), then you can use VMware Player, I recommend version 4.0.3, it's fast, and has a clean instalation. (It installs some extra services, but they are uninstalled if you eventually don't need VMvare anymore, as well as the rest of devices it installs, also solves some problesm with autoplay settings in Windows 7 that were overriden by older versions) Also, if you need to install any Vista/7 based OS, Aero is fully working in there.

See ya!!!
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