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 PostPost subject: What do *you* use virtualisation for?        Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:09 pm 
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Just wondering what everyone's uses for Virtual Machines are, and what client you use?

I use Virtual Box at the moment, as it seems snappier than VPC 2007 & is free, unlike vmware. (probably to do with my poverty-spec pc)

I tend to use it for being logged onto two msn accounts (yeah, I know I could use an all-in-one client, but there's less likelyhood of me getting confused) for business and personal.

For testing operating systems

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 PostPost subject: Re: What do *you* use virtualisation for?        Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:31 pm 
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I thought you can hack WLM polygamy?

Well, my answer would have to be testing out OSes, and running a web server every so often I find a reason to do so.

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 PostPost subject: Re: What do *you* use virtualisation for?        Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:33 pm 
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You can, but he said he likes it so he can't get confused between personal and business ;) I use polygamy myself for dual accounts.

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I thought you can hack WLM polygamy?

Probably, yes. But I find it easier to be comping with seperate desktops if one if for business and one personal.

...awaits someone to suggest virtual desktops...

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 PostPost subject: Re: What do *you* use virtualisation for?        Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 11:25 pm 
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I use VMWare. I mainly use it to test new stuff that appears on technet before I deploy it onto my desktop or laptop :)

Other then that, occasionally I use it for old betas.

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Is it possible to run a VM inside a VM, which is inside a VM, and so on...?

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I'm afraid it isn't. Virtualised environments seem to detect it before installation.

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I use mostly VirtualBox, but at times Virtual PC (2004 or 2007).

Mainly use it to take screenshots of older OS's and Betas, and also to show people what the really old Operating Systems looked like before they came into this easy environment.

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I don't run virtual environments anymore, but I once used it to test stuff and try out old OSes, so if something bad happens I'll just delete the virtual environment

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i have xp on virtual pc to do my university java stuff as i don't want to install the jdk and crap on my desktop


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More or less my entire server system consists of VM:s. I run ESX Server "at the core" on the server, and above that I run 6 VM:s 24/7 (File/web server, rendering server (for my 3D graphics projects), private web/FTP hosting server, legacy client (Win3x and misc) and a linux workstation), and additionally 2-3 VM:s I enable when I need to test stuff. All these VM:s shares the resources of the main server, and I can freely re-allocate memory, CPU cores or whatever between them.

But on my desktop machines I occasionally run VMWare or VirtualPC when I test some minor stuff. I also use Bochs and DOS-Box for some stuff, but those don't virtualise their environments, they emulate them :).

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My server has VMWare server installed (linux host) with a few Windows Server VMs for things such as Terminal Services etc when I am away from home.

I run VMWare workstation on my Windows Vista host (desktop PC) to run linux-on-windows

I run KVM on my Linux host (desktop PC) to run windows-on-linux

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I use it mainly for testing old betas, or making great changes in my Windows installation. (I test it first virtualised, if it works out fine, I put in on my main computers).

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I tend to use a mixture of all three main Virtualisation Solutions: VirtualBox, Virtual PC and VMWare.

I find Virtual PC has by far the best compatibility, but is slow with it. VirtualBox is fast, and has the best 'seemless' mode, but is getting increasingly worse for compatibility with Longhorn builds, a must for me, since they still get virtualised the most for me. VMWare I find is somewhere between the two, and I probably use it most overall.

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I use VirtualBox, usually within Linux to run old DOS games (I don't like DOSbox, it werids up the controlls of some games for me)


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I use Virtual box, is free, and good for os beta testing, VMware is also good.


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I use Virtual box, is free, and good for os beta testing, VMware is also good.

It said what do you use it for, not what do you use.
I use it for virtual servers for mates really. And a play about on my core 2 quad

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hougtimo wrote:
Just wondering what everyone's uses for Virtual Machines are, and what client you use?


Reading the post is more important than reading the title sometimes ;)


Anyway, finally got round to trying Hyper-V and I love it, it's a real polished product.

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I use Virtualization on my laptop to test out new Apple beta's and different OS's but it's just to play with, I don't use them on a regular basis or for anything important.

On my servers I run Xen hypervisor software and virtualise a few servers. One is a web and database server for shared hosting clients and the rest are client rented virtual dedicated servers that run anything from VoIP to Gaming Servers on Linux operating systems.


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Used to use VMWare, but now I use Virtual Box since they finally added the option to open/import a VM. I use(d) both to run any OS too new/heavy/slow/big to be emulated. I like portability, so emulators are nice, sometimes you just need the speed of virtualisation though.


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I use VMWare Workstation to test software before i install it on to my computer to aviod keep installing things a uninstalling thing


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