VM's - What VM OS'es /hosts / virt progs are you using

  1. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    VM's - What VM OS'es /hosts / virt progs are you using

    Hi folks

    I was just amazed that on a topic on XP I got over 10,000 views and another one over 14,000 -- so I thought would be interesting to get an idea of what VM's people are running, on what type of HOST system and what Virtualisation platform they are using -- I know quite a few run the various W10 insider builds on a VM (makes sense too). I'd be interested if people were running W7 builds, VISTA builds or even Millenium edition builds.

    I've some legacy hardware that needs XP but I think I might be able to "Poodle fake" some of the drivers so it might work on W7 which IMO would be better but I was amazed too see the number of views for XP !!!!!!

    Not creating a POLL on this topic as there's far too many options and combinations -- I'm just interested to know what people are running as VM's.

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  2. Posts : 1,323
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

    Seems so far that you only got views. To start, here's my VM list.

    Yes, XP is on my VM list too, it's quite popular since it literally flies as a lightweight VM.
    I occasionally run the XP 64-bit version but mostly the 32-bit one. This one is needed for some old games (old meaning some 90's and 00's releases).
    Besides this there's Win7, Win8.1 and some version of Win10 as a VM (usually 1809 or newer depending on what I test there)
    For the Linux side, I run KNOPPIX (9.0 Linux Magazine edition) as VM as well and Fedora. (some other spin than my host, for testing)

    Now you know I've switched to QEMU/KVM as well since I run Fedora as a host on the laptop.
    And to my surprise I even gave Windows ME and 98 a go as VMs and run pretty well. The cirrus gfx adapter does the magic, since there are built in drivers in the guest.

    On the Windows side on my tower desktop I run Hyper-V with some temporary VMs for testing. I run most of the stuff on the laptop on QEMU/KVM now.
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  3. Posts : 2,068
    Windows 10 Pro

    I'm running Hyper-V on a Windows 10 Pro platform at home. The reason for Hyper-V is having to have support for Docker Desktop and WSL2. Prior to this change, I was on Virtual Box and prior to that VMWare Workstation) I'm running on an AMD Ryzen CPU on PCIe Gen 3 (external) NVMe drives over USB 3.2 10Gbps and PCIe Gen 4. NVMe drives. Since I use my machine for both work and gaming at home, it needs to run on a Windows platform for the best game support.

    My VM's mostly consist of
    1. Windows 2019 servers, (domain controllers, Storage Servers, Microsoft Failover Clustering setups (SQL).
    2. New and test releases of Windows 10
    3. Various Linux distributions.
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    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110

    On 2000 pro, I used Microsoft Virtual PC (version 2004) to test Vista.
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    Dual Boot Windows 11 & 10, usually latest version

    Currently I'm running several variations of W10 plus a few Linux and a W8 Pro on Hyper-V. I recently (mid January) movedmy "work" system from a tower (listed as system 1 in my info) to a VM as an experiment. Performance wise, I don't see anydifference from running it on the previous system. I also have an Insider version running. Both are W10 Pro, and run 24/7 on my second listed system. I also mount a Macrium Reflect Image of a system when I want to verify it. I often have 3 VMs running at the same time, and my host system seems to handle everything just fine.

    I used to run the Linux VMs on Virtual Box, but stopped using VB because I frequently found that some or none of the VMs would run after updating VB.
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    Windows 11 [21H2]

    I used VMware Workstation and VBox on my VM config.

    1 Windows 10 (20H2) not working well because of 1gb of ram
    2 Various Linux Distributions working in 512 to 1gb of ram
    3 Android-x86 (needed 1gb of ram)
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    HyperV for windows VMs that act as an RDP server so enanced mode can be used.

    Vmare for anything else.

    That may change given V8 of Macrium Reflect will open VMs from a Virtual box backup. Be interesting to see if that applies to all images e.g. Linux.
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