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  1. Fabler2's Avatar
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    What exactly are virtual OSs worth having?


    So many threads on IP's regurgitating that VM's not working in preview releases. With modern ability to create images easily available then why use VM's? For my ignorance's sake I would be much enlightened why, in today's tech, you need to use a virtual OS ?
    Just a thought.
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    They main idea of a virtual PC is you can run other o/s like Linux or old window 98 there simple to set and don't risk the problems if you duel boot you could use them to test software without effecting your main system
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    Samuria said: View Post
    They main idea of a virtual PC is you can run other o/s like Linux or old window 98 there simple to set and don't risk the problems if you duel boot you could use them to test software without effecting your main system
    Thanks Samuria . Linux nor an older version of Windows would not interest me in a virtual set-up. Each to their own.
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    I have VMs for XP, W7, W8.1 and a clean install of W10. I mainly use them to investigate mixed OS networking questions that crop up on these forums, for that restoring an image won't work as I need to run several different machines simultaneously.

    I also use VMs to safely test software that others may be having problems with, or to try and recreate system problems they report (by trying to break my VM). After testing I can just reset the VM to its earlier checkpoint to return it to a pristine state.

    The other use I have for a VM is to boot a Macrium image as a VM using Macrium's viBoot. It's a great way to test that the image is sound (ie. that it boots successfully).
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    @Bree . That makes sense as to using it as a troubleshooting/testing tool. I ran Linux in a VM on my main Laptop just because it was possible but lost interest. Unfortunately on my test (skippy) laptop the CPU isn't capable to run VMs, processor doesn't have required virtualisation capabilities. Hence the sandbox doesn't work.
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    Hi there

    @Bree

    another use for VM's is in teaching -- you can teach students all sorts of things about coding, OS internals, how people try and hack computers etc etc. If they break stuff or whatever you can just boot up another virtual machine. Also at the end of lessons you can save each students session so they can re-start in the following class where they left off.

    If you've got a decently enough powerful machine or a server type one you can have several sessions running concurently -- each student with their own virtual desktop rather than requiring umpteen sets of hardware which might be quite different (assuming students use own laptops) with windows at who knows what level of fixes etc on it. The VM's can all be bog standard and identical for teaching classes.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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