A virtual machine is an emulation of a guest operating system, running on virtualized hardware within a host operating system.

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Keyboard repeat stop working on Virtual PC

I am running Virtual PC 2007 (6.0) on a Windows XP host. My virtual boxes are all Windows Server 2003. Every so often, key repeat stops working. Normally in Windows if you hold down any key (Space, ...
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Why do I need Windows XP mode in Windows 7?

Tomorrow on 15th of July Microsoft is staring pre-order of Windows 7. I compared the three editions ("Which one is right for you?") for me. The main difference is "Windows XP Mode" in Professional and ...
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Portable virtualization software?

Does anyone know of any portable virtualization software for Windows that will run from a flash drive and doesn't require administrator privileges?
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Keyloggers and Virtualization

Whilst pondering about security, and setting up different VM for certain online activities deemed more risky or requiring extra security (banking, or visiting untrusted websites, etc), I came to think ...
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Running iPhone SDK on Mac OS X Server in VMWare on a PC [closed]

I have read somewhere (can't find the source now) that Mac OS X is only licensed to run on Apple hardware but that Mac OS X Server can run on non-Apple hardware and virtualised platforms. I have two ...
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Run VMware Virtual Machine without using the web interface

I have installed the VMware and the only option to log into the Virtual Machine is via the web interface. This way poses several uncomfortable moments: Need to enter the web-interface of VM ...
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Running linux kernel 0.01 in a virtual machine

I'm just trying to know if is there is a way to run the first version of linux in a virtual machine. Since I am very new to this, my aim is to learn something basic on how the first version of linux ...
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Debian Lenny expects udev on a vps that doesn't support it

Primary symptom: /proc/self/fd is there and normally populated, however /dev/fd is not. Process substitution therefore fails, because bash wants to create files under /dev/fd. /dev/.static/ and ...
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High Physical memory usage on windows 2008 after using virtual box

I have a 16 core machine having 8 GB of RAM running windows 2008 I installed a virtualbox on it and installed windows 2008 64bit os and allocated 4 GB RAM to it . A Mysql database was installed on the ...
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Is it possible to run my other partition inside of a VM?

So I have dual boot machine with windows 7 and ubuntu 11. I would like to, at times, run a vm from one partition to another. For example sometimes I would like to do certain things in windows while ...
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How to reduce or remove the need for filesystem checks

I am currently running windows 7 in a virtual machine. After several days of disk-intensive I/O, the virtual machine crashes and needs to run a filesystem check when booting the guest OS back up. (The ...
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How to install Linux VM on Microsoft Hyper-V

I am looking for step-by-step guide to do so. I can go for any easy to work with Linux distribution , may be UBUNTU. But Hyper-V page says it officially supports only SUSE and REDHAT, others can be ...
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virtual machine and client OS

I just adjusted my client OS to scale its display to fit the host Windows virtual box and things began to look warped. I want to undo this new setting and re-employ its display to be back to the ...
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How to use a data like a image and song in android on Virtual Box from my computer?

I installed Oracle Virtual Box on Windows 8. Then I downloaded Android-x86. After I installed Android-x86 on Virtual Box from the ISO, and it working good but how to use a data like image and song ...
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What's the recommended way to move a VirtualBox VM to another computer?

I use VirtualBox 4.1.x on my Ubuntu machine and I've set up several virtual machines. Since there are several ways one can move a VM in VirtualBox to another computer, I was wondering which one is the ...
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How does VirtualBox's memory usage work?

I've been running several VM's with VirtualBox, and the memory usage reported from various perspectives, and I'm having trouble figuring how much memory my VMs actually use. Here is an example: I ...
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Use physical harddisk in Virtual Box

Using Virtual Box, how can I install an OS to a secondary, physical disk, and boot it in both (at separate times) Virtual Box, and as a typical secondary OS install?
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Using virtual box is it possible to set your virtual machine time to be different from host time

Using virtual box is it possible to set your virtual machine time to be different from host time. Say 1 year into the past. If I wanted to run the windows XP images provided by Microsoft from here. ...
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Tuning Windows 7 for use in a VM

I'm running Windows 7 in a VirtualBox Virtual Machine, and would like to make it run in a more streamlined fashion. I'll be using the install primarily for testing web apps, and have no need for it ...
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Is it possible to create Portable VM?

I want to know that is it possible to create a fully portable virtual machine using any of the VMWare like products? My objective is to create a virtual machine (XP as guest OS), install some app in ...
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I want to virtualize my workstation (Tier 1), Looking for Bare Metal Hypervisor for consumer grade components

I find myself in this similar bind at least once a year. The bind whereby I'm either upgrading a motherboard, or an OS hard drive. It drives me crazy to have to reinstall Windows, Visual Studio, all ...
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What's better a better VM app: VMWare, Parallels or Virtual PC [closed]

From a Windows developer's perspective, which VM application is the best? Why?
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Move an existing XP install into VMWare or Virtual PC

I have a computer that has a bunch of things on it that are pretty legacy. It's an old machine, but getting everything on it set up properly on another computer could take weeks, if it's even possible ...
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Is it recommended to run a firewall/router on a virtual machine?

Googling found me people saying running a firewall/router as a virtual machine is "dangerous" but none of them gives any reason as to why it is so. I also found posts from people who are successfully ...
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Is it possible to split VirtualBox Hard Drive to multiple volumes?

VirtualBox hard drive usually has one or a few files when you create a drive. I think it is good because you manage only a few files. However, I have out of space of my drive. Is it possible to span ...
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Is it possible to “virtualize” an existing PC?

I'm running Ubuntu Desktop 12.04, and I was wondering if it was possible to somehow take my whole filesystem (everything under /) and create an ISO from it. Then, perhaps, use that ISO as the file ...
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How can virtual machines consume so little RAM on the physical host machine?

I'm running VirtualBox on a Windows XP machine with 2GB RAM. I've created a virtual Ubuntu machine and allocated it a base memory of 750MB. Just to put it to a test, I ran 20 things at once on the ...
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Can I make a virtual machine out of a Windows XP physical machine?

I would like to switch to Linux, but I need some stuff on my Windows XP install. I know that VMWare Workstation can convert a physical machine into a virtual machine, but it's $189. :-/ Are there ...
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How can I connect to a web server running in a VM when the VM is in NAT mode?

I've got a development webserver on an Ubuntu box inside of VMWare Workstation 7.1.3. I'd like to run a web browser on a Windows machine (the host OS) for actually testing a web page I'm working on -- ...
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Quick and dirty user management service for Linux VMs?

Background I have a home server running Debian, and a workstation that runs various VirtualBox VMs (mostly Linuxen but some Windows). At the moment, I'm creating my main user account anew for every ...
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Virtualbox: Raw linux partition not booting

I have a dual-boot laptop with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. I am trying to boot the ubuntu partition from windows using Virtualbox. I have successfully created the .vmdk, and created the virtual ...
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VMware Workstation: how to reduce .vmdk maximum size

I have a 150 GB disk file (.vmdk, non pre-allocated) where my virtual machine is stored. The file is currently 20 GB, but it is growing everyday, even though I'm not storing anything new in the guest ...
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Emulate fake monitor on Windows 7?

Is there a way to emulate a monitor on Windows 7? I have one physical monitor, and I want Windows to think I have two. I actually don't care whether the second monitor is visible anywhere, or if ...
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Change MacOS X guest screen resolution for VirtualBox

I have tried all alternatives and resources that I found on internet to achieve to change screen resolution in my MacOS X guest. I have the latest VirtualBox version (4.1.22) and I have MacOS X 10.6.3 ...
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why does Virtualbox use 15-20% CPU when VM is paused?

I run VirtualBox 3.1 on Ubuntu with a Win XP guest. I have noticed to my surprise that when I pause the VM (its screen grays out) VirtualBox continues using 15-20% of the host's CPU. Is this normal ...
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How do I find the IP address of a virtual machine using VMware Fusion?

Can I determine the IP of a virtual machine using VMware Fusion without actually entering the operating system running on the virtual machine? I'm looking for a menu option, command line, or otherwise ...
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How can I cause a VirtualBox VM (running Ubuntu) to run a command upon resuming its state?

I am running a few Ubuntu VMs on a MacBook Pro host. Whenever I pause a VM or save its state to disk, the next time I restart it, the system clock goes out of sync. Is there a way for the VM to know ...
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Minimal OS for running virtual machines

Is there a minimalistic operating system built purely for the purpose of running virtual machines (preferrably open source / otherwise free)? If not, let's say I decided to do something like Linux ...
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Is it possible to run several virtual machines each with independent mouse+keyboard on a single PC? [duplicate]

My goal is to instead of buying 4 separate basic PCs (plus the obvious peripherals), buy just one fast PC and the peripherals. I'm wondering if I can use a more powerful computer, say, one with core ...
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How to recover Virtual Machines in Virtualbox?

For some reason, all of a sudden, all virtual machines are gone from the User Interface in virtual box. I suspect CCleaner has something to do with it, but that's not the point. Both the virtual ...
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How to access my local server on my VirtualBox virtual machine?

Here's my setup: I have a local server running on my machine (Mac OS, Snow Leopard). I can access it via my browser by doing localhost:3000 I have a virtual machine using Virtual Box running a ...
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VT-x/AMD-V Work-Around For VirtualBox?

After converting a Parallels VM to VirtualBox, the converted VM still does not run. VirtualBox says: VT-x/AMD-V hardware acceleration has been enabled, but is not operational.... Please ensure ...
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Can I boot up into an existing virtual machine?

The situation: as a freelance developer, I need to work in a similar development environment to the other people on the project. Because the dev environment has so many dependencies and 3rd party ...
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How can I run an existing WinXP partition (dual boot machine) inside KVM?

I use KVM to run virtual machines on Ubuntu Jaunty and virt-manager to configure them. My machine is dual-boot, and I don't want to have to reboot for my occasional uses of Windows. So I set up a VM ...
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Virtual machines and TRIM

Although TRIM support was introduced to make SSD work better, it should also help virtual machines optimizing virtual disks (for example to know which parts of virtual disks needs no storage on ...
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How do you copy a file from Windows to a VMware virtual hard disk (Ubuntu)?

I have VMware Player, and I run Ubuntu with it on my Windows 7 system. Now I want to copy some files from my Windows folders into the VMware virtual hard disk, so that I can view these files on ...
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How can I mount an external hard drive in a VirtualBox machine

I have installed Virtual Box on Machine and setup a Ubuntu 9.10 machine. And I have an external hard drive formatted for linux. But when I hook up the external hard drive, my ubuntu 9.10 can't see ...
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Unable to ssh to a Linux VM after a day

I have a machine running 4 VMs on it. There is one Fedora VM which is causing me some trouble. The IPs of the VMs are something like 10.100.100.* I have a Windows PC which is in the same network. It ...
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How do I migrate my Windows desktop to a VirtualBox VM?

I have VirtualBox 4.3.6 and True Image 2014 Premium with Universal Restore. I've read a lot about different methods but I'm not sure where to start, or what will suit my needs. Directly from ...
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Dual boot Linux / Windows 7 + Window 7 virtual machine under Linux + licensing

Is it legal to use single Windows 7 (home basic) license to install windows on host AND on virtual machine running under Linux on the same host? It will be physically different installations ...