Dual booting inside a VMWARE Virtual Machine.

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  1. Kari's Avatar
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    jimbo45 said:
    Why would you want to dual boot from WITHIN a VM -- what's wrong with having TWO VM's -- no prob running both at the same time if you have anothing bigger than a tiny netbook. Even a small laptop is more than capable of running two VM's concurrently.
    I think you missed one point, although I admit the point was well hidden in between the lines :)

    Dual boot means that both operating systems have direct access to each other's disks. This in its turn means that if and when I set up a virtual machine to dual boot with another vm, I only have to have one vm running to move data between them. Much faster than running both virtual machines simultaneously and moving data over the network.

    Not too often needed feature but an important one.


    Edwin said:
    So..., you have a machine running a v-machine, running a ......
    What's the point? Isn't that just a waste of overhead?
    Why not just dual boot on clean metal?
    Some of us are virtualization freaks like me, or just interested in finding out what's possible.

    Dual booting on physical hardware, I have one OS running. Running a vm I have two operating systems running at the same time on same hardware, visible on same displays. Having that vm set to dual boot, see my reply to Jimbo above.

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  2. cereberus's Avatar
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    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there

    Call me peverse - but why would you want to dual boot from WITHIN a VM -- what's wrong with having TWO VM's -- no prob running both at the same time if you have anothing bigger than a tiny netbook. Even a small laptop is more than capable of running two VM's concurrently. !!

    I know you specifically asked for dual booting within a VM -- I'd love to have your reason for this -- I'm always interested in learning stuff and you might well have a great reason for doing this.

    (By dual booting of course I mean running say Windows and Linux VM's. I don't mean running say something like ESXI as a VM and then installing VM's on it or say a Windows virtual server and running VM's on that (second level VM's) which is quite possible and easily done).

    Cheers
    jimbo
    As I said it was more out of curiosity to see if it was possible.

    The only advantage I can see is that you can share data between the installs without having to resort to external drives or other virtual drives. And only one vm to backup.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Kari said:
    I think you missed one point, although I admit the point was well hidden in between the lines :)

    Dual boot means that both operating systems have direct access to each other's disks. This in its turn means that if and when I set up a virtual machine to dual boot with another vm, I only have to have one vm running to move data between them. Much faster than running both virtual machines simultaneously and moving data over the network.

    Not too often needed feature but an important one.




    Some of us are virtualization freaks like me, or just interested in finding out what's possible.

    Dual booting on physical hardware, I have one OS running. Running a vm I have two operating systems running at the same time on same hardware, visible on same displays. Having that vm set to dual boot, see my reply to Jimbo above.

    Kari
    Hi there

    OK - I agree about the networking bit -- copying data between 2 VM's on same physical host goes through Network - seems to use the PHYSICAL wi-fi network rather than internal "Virtual NIC" even though both VM machines are on the same Host. I should get 1 Gb transfer but instead get network wifi speed --still OK where I am but it shouldn't really send data over the "Real" wi-fi" adapterr !!!!

    (Using "Local Host" networking fixes that problem - but then I can't access the VM's from the rest of the network !!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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