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Windows 7: Why do you use a virtual machine?

02 Jun 2009   #11
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I use the VM for some very old apps written in 98 but run in XP for specail equipment the writers of the software are no where to be found today so porting them to Vista or 7 is on the impossible side. I also have a Win2k Server in VM due to work and testing settings before I change the real one. We are now looking at moving to Server 2008 but with everyone tighting the money belt that might not happen so Im looking at ways to run the old Servers as long as I can.
Plus I the added reason is I can and makes it very nice in meetings to show people what the server or app looks like on a laptop running server and the app by its self letting the customer toy around with it not having to worry about the real database cause I can wipe the demo copy and reset a new one from the orginail. Full network right in your hands on a laptop makes life easier.


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04 Jun 2009   #12
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi all
There's no way I can run THIS on W7 or even any 64 Bit OS currently.

If you need to access this type of Software (SAP) you have to wait until this has been upgraded.

As there are literally thousands of companies running this world wide doing an upgrade on this scale is going to take years.

It's one thing to upgrade a base OS running a few stand alon Office type applications but running a fully blown ERP system containing HR, Finanace, Materials Management, Logistsics etc etc is a totally different ball game.

It will still be a while yet before this stuff will run on W7 - and larger companies might take YEARS before they upgrade. Virtualisation is the only answer.

Here's a typical shot of a SAP application screen -- this is running on an XP VM front end (note the database and application servers are usually on Linux servers whilst the front end is a Windows server).


Cheers
jimbo


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04 Jun 2009   #13
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

me, I just like messing about with virtualisation, seeing what ancient OS I can install. Managed to get Windows 1.1 installed in the past lol.
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04 Jun 2009   #14
scaramonga

 
 

Better than using Anti-Virus
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04 Jun 2009   #15
MasterEvilAce

Win
 
 

I use VirtualBox to run Windows XP. I had to do this because I have some VPN applications that don't work in Windows 7. This, however, has let me see some hidden benefits.

First, I keep all of my work stuff separate. If I format my computer, my virtual machine image is intact, meaning I don't have to reinstall anything for work related tasks.

Second being all my network traffic doesn't go through the VPN anymore, only what the VM does. So my Windows 7 (the host OS) uses my connection regularly, and my XP (guest VM OS)'s traffic goes through the VPN

It works pretty well, so I'm keeping it this way even when the apps get Win7 support
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05 Jun 2009   #16
dw96

Windows 7 Home Premium [64-Bit]
 
 

1. To try out something more serious, like mess with system files, without fLucking up my real OS

2. For fun, when the best of the best (Win7) starts to get boring, it's always fun to go to the basement, find those old original CD's of NT and check what it was like back then. Still, no harm done to your real OS.

3. Last for compatibility issues, sure I haven't seen many of those since I've started using 7, but it's wise to keep the classic XP in handy whenever you need it...
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08 Jun 2009   #17
kwxvii

Windows 7 RTM (x64)
 
 

As somebody already mentioned, some vpn clients (like Cisco or Nortel) works intermittently with Windows7/Vista at best, so I need to run WinXP for vpn. I also run some server stuff, like IIS for some scripting job...and of course to play around with different flavors of Linux. I wonder a user mentioned that he wanted to run vm but he can't since he has a Vaio...I have a Vaio and I run VMWARE x64...
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08 Jun 2009   #18
banderz777

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

So I have one question, can I run OSX in this ???
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09 Jun 2009   #19
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by banderz777 View Post
So I have one question, can I run OSX in this ???
Provided you have the Intel version of the macbook you *could* in theory run this on a PC (you need an OS install disk to install the Virtual OS whatever OS you want as a guest)

However there's a caveat here apart from the legal B/S stuff about running APPLE OS'es on non APPLE gear. There are some closed proprietary drivers that might not be supported in the Virtual hardware when you try and install the OS.

So i haven't heard of anybody actually running OSX on a non Apple machine -- however since OSX is only a Unix derivative why not run one of the many Linux distros out there -- these are very OSX like and you've got a lot more choice.

Note of course there isn't any problem in running WINDOWS on a Macbook in a virtual machine -- try BOOTCAMP or PARALLELS for the Virtual machine software. (You will need an XP install disk as well of course).

Cheers
jimbo
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12 Jun 2009   #20
kwxvii

Windows 7 RTM (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by banderz777 View Post
So I have one question, can I run OSX in this ???
Here's an article about multi-booting with OSX...
Build Your Own Hackintosh

A good read...
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