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

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How to have Windows XP virtual machine ready to use quickly whenever it is needed?

It used to be that I download .vhd images from Microsoft, and then use it for 2, 3 months before it expires: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=11575 But it is quite troublesome ...
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Is it possible to update VirtualBox offline?

Is it possible to update VirtualBox offline, while preserving the already installed virtual machines and their settings?
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How to decrease the number of reads/writes to hard disk when running virtualbox?

I use an external disk to store virtualbox's hard disk image. I think if there is any way to decrease the number of reads/writes to the hard disk, maybe by using more physical memory, it may have ...
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Host-only network with Ubuntu guest in VirtualBox with Host running a Juniper VPN

I have a Windows host that needs to run a Juniper VPN, and an Ubuntu guest that needs to be accessible from the host as it runs a web server that must be accessed by the host. Without the VPN running ...
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Debian VM requires manually running “ifconfig eth0 up” to start network after reboot

I have a new guest install of Debian 6.0.2.1 i386 as a VM in VMware Server 2 Windows XP host. I selected only the "standard System Utilities." After that I installed SSH and VIM. I then changed the ...
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How do I setup a linux server network on a virtual machine?

I want to setup a Linux server and client network on virtual machines on my Windows 7 laptop, so that I can learn about Linux server system. The setup will be one VM as Ubuntu server and 2 VMs as ...
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Installing programs in a sandbox or virtual environment

I have a new PC with zero viruses. I want to keep it that way. Is the best way to do that using anti-virus software (like security essentials)? Should I be using a sandbox or a virtual PC? a ...
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Installing Windows XP sp2 on a system with an i5 processor [closed]

I want to install Windows XP service pack 2 on my computer which is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor. I must have Windows XP sp2 because of certain software I must run that do not support other ...
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Are virtual machines performant enough to be a primary workstation?

I have a MacBook Pro through my employer, but I prefer to spent most of my day in Linux. Will running Linux in a virtual machine (e.g. VirtualBox) in full-screen mode be enough slower than running it ...
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Running Windows 7 VM on XP machine?

I'm fairly certain that this is not possible, but just wanted to ask the really smart people to be sure. My company wants to run a Windows 7 VM (using any virtual machine software) on an desktop ...
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Reading from hard drive of crashed VMWare VM

I have VMWare Fusion running on my Mac, running a Windows 7 VM. I accidentally powered down my Mac and the VM image won't restore properly, losing all my files I had worked on in that image. I have ...
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VMware/VirtualBox and partitioning

I am completely new to the concept of virtual machines and am trying to set up my first VirtualBox VM. Specifically I am trying to run Ubuntu as the guest on my Windows 7 host machine. I'm at a stage ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 VM shows a black screen in VMware Player

I have a Ubuntu Server 11.04 64 bit VM running on VMware Player 3.1.4 that only shows a black screen. No matter what I try, the screen remains black. The VM has worked the first time. When I reset ...
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Why does VM software need to know which OS will be running inside the VM?

When I create a new VM (with VirtualBox) it will ask me what OS will run inside the VM. Why does it need (or like) to know that? Will it result in better performance? Will some things work / not ...
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Restore Windows disk image to virtual machine?

I'm currently looking into (image based) backup solutions for Windows (XP, Win7). One problem I have is that I'm not sure how to verify that the backups can really, actually, reliably be restored ...
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Is it possible to run Windows 8 (dev preview) in a qemu?

I can't seem to get Win8 up and running in a VM built on Ubuntu with VirtualManager. Is there something about it that prevents running as a guest? It gets as far as the screen below: and then it's ...
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Virtual machine is restored to original on restart

I wanted to create a Linux VM using Oracle VM Virtual box. The problem is that as soon as I restart the VM it restores to it original state. This is what I don't want as I lose all the test results ...
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Program to create a virtual operating system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What virtualization software to use? I am looking for a program so I can install Windows 7 Pro on my machine, but in a virtual environment. What program should I ...
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VMware vSphere Client in Parallels 5 Windows 7 VM becomes unusable

Unfortunately there is no VMware vSphere Client available for Mac OS X, so I have to run the client in a Parallels 5 VM with Windows 7. I always get to a point where the client becomes unusable. If ...
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Difference between Virtual Machine and a Hypervisor

If you Google the term "hypervisor" you get endless definitions that state a hypervisor is also known as either a virtual machine monitor or a virtual machine manager, and that it is a form of ...
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How do I use dual monitors with VMware Player on Windows and an Ubuntu Guest?

I have my VMware Player (v 3.1.4 build-385536) all up and running Ubuntu (11.04) from my Windows (XP SP2) machine, but now I'm getting greedy and want to run Ubuntu on both monitors. I've tried ...
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Do WIM disk images and VMware/VirtualBox/Parallels play well together? If so, how?

I want to create a WIM image and use VMware to manipulate it. Is this doable? Another option that has been offered is to install a fresh system on a virtual machine, set up the VM the way I want it, ...
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How do I connect two virtual machines in VMware player?

How do I connect two virtual machines in VMware player? I mean network connectvity and my host is XP and my my virtual machines are 2003 & 2008 Server respectively. Please give your valuable ...
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Can the Microsoft Virtual PC .vhd be “activated” instead of expiring?

I usually use the Virtual PC .vhd from http://www.Microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=11575 together with Windows 7's Virtual PC to emulate an XP machine, so as to run any XP software or do ...
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Breaking XP into its fastest form

I'm using a program called Quemu to run a virtual machine on another computer of mine. The computer I'm using this on is slow and has a lot of admin locks on it. I've gotten a copy of Windows XP to ...
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Benefits & Practicality of Virtual Machines [closed]

I have been living under a rock for the past 5 - 8 years, and am just now getting up to speed with virtualization, virtual machines and platforms like VMware or VirtualBox. I think I am starting to ...
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Windows 7: How to mark an isolated subnet as “private”

I have set up a number of virtual machines on my Windows 7 - where all the guests are also Windows 7. I hooked up a host-only network adapter to the virtual machines. Since this network is completely ...
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How do I easily set up a virtual machine on Windows?

I'm looking for literature for how to setup a Virtual Machine (VM) and install an OS on it. My current OS is Windows 7, however I may want to put both Windows 7 and Windows XP on the VM. Is this ...
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Why do my VirtualBox VMs take more space than they should?

I have VirtualBox with 91 virtual machines, each virtual machine has a static hard disk with 20 GB. I have Ubuntu, Windows, Mac OS X operating systems, each of them takes no more than 5 GB. I also ...
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Create a VM from DMG disk image created from Windows XP Boot Camp Partition

I had Windows XP installed on a Boot Camp partition, and wanted to replace it with Windows 7, so I used Disk Utility to create a .DMG image from the partition, reformatted and installed Windows 7 on ...
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Is it possible to run OS X Lion inside a virtual machine in Windows 7 Bootcamp on Mac hardware? [closed]

All of the answers I've come across seem to either pre-date the change in the OS X EULA or are not dealing with real Apple hardware. The reason I want to do this is because I love my Macbook Air, I ...
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Which virtual machine software is preferable for running Windows 8 Developer Preview? [closed]

I want to preview Windows 8 and decided to install it on a virtual machine as I don't want to format an existing partition. Installing Windows 8 by mounting the .iso results in the primary ...
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Cannot boot Virtual Machine beyond the 1st time

I'm trying to run a Windows Server 2003 + SP2 Virtual Machine with Virtual PC. So I created a new Virtual Machine, from the Virtual PC menu, selecting the VMHD file (which contains the operation ...
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How to install Windows 8 x64 (preview) on virtual machine without hardware virtualization (VT-x) support?

Just downloaded Windows 8 preview (x64) with VS 2011 and other goodies. My box has an older processor (E4400) which does not support hardware virtualization, hence not allowing me to install x64 ...
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Windows 7 auto log in when launching from a VM

Short Question Is there a way to configure Windows 7 to auto log on when launched as a virtual machine, but require a log in when boot natively (ie from Boot Camp?)? System Information Operating ...
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How do you add more space to a Fedora (LVM) partition?

In a nutshell, i have a VM that ran out of space. I increased the size of the VM's harddrive to be 4 times bigger but the OS partition is still only using 1x the space. I need to change the LVM ...
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What are sxxx.vmdk files and how do I get rid of some of them?

I have a single virtual machine on VMWare Fusion with Windows XP on it. I noticed that I have a bunch of huge vmdk files (several Gb): Do I really need them all for a single virtual machine? What ...
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VirtualBox freezes when using anything but NAT

I have an Ubuntu(10.04.3 64bit server) guest VM on an ubuntu(11.04 64bit desktop) host. The guest VM defaulted to the first network adapter as NAT. Now I want to enable bridged mode, but every other ...
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Share virtual machine images between multiple computers

I am in the process of setting up a development environment for a new project and wondered about the theoretical possibility of my ideal set up. I would like to use virtual machines in order to make ...
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Connect to VM localhost virtual directory

I have an Ubuntu guest VM operating inside Windows 7 host (VirtualBox with Bridged Networking enabled). In my VM, instead of browsing to http://localhost/somesite I set up virtual directories in ...
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Best way to set static IP for a guest vm on a laptop, although the laptop is often on different networks

A Win 2008 Server runs (guest) in VMWare Player, on Win 7 laptop (host) The guest has installed software, Oracle, that demands the same IP address each time I start the guest. At home it works fine ...
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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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Virtual Machine can access internal network but not the internet

I am on a company computer with Windows 7 installed on it. I installed VirtualBox on it too and installed Ubuntu on this virtual machine. Now from inside the virtual machine (Ubuntu), I can access ...
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Internet not working on a VirtualBox Linux machine

I installed VirtualBox on a Windows 7 PC and installed Xubuntu (Ubuntu with XFCE) on it. Now on the Windows, I am connected to the internet through a LAN which automatically authenticates to connect ...
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Open Source Virtualization Solution [closed]

I'm looking for an open source solution to launch, manage and interact with VMs (10-15 VMs, Linux and mostly Windows Servers) through a web interface. I bumped into archipel , karessansui , oVirt, ...
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Use VMWare Workstation or VirtualBox to emulate Windows 7 on Windows 7?

I've got a highly optimized Windows 7 for making music. Up until now I dual-booted into another copy of Windows 7. I use that for Photoshop, testing applications and regular work so the registry of ...
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VMware Workstation is not grabbing input on click

I'm running VMware Workstation and I'm finding that the program is not grabbing mouse inputs on click or on Ctrl+G input, both options are set to on in preferences. If I manually connect either the ...
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VPN in VM -> Ubuntu

i'm running Ubuntu, and use VPN. i want to know, if my Virtual Machine (Windows 7) uses the same VPN Connection or if i have to use an vpn client in windows also? best regard
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open office document conversion uses 100% CPU

When I try to convert a word document using the ooextract python script from open office like /usr/local/bin/ooextract.py myDocument.doc myDocument.pdf the open office deamon (sOffice.bin) takes ...
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Legacy Scanner; can I run XP inside of VMware or VirtualBox for support?

I have a legacy hp scanner that I am trying to run on my windows 7 machine. I've explored VirtualPC, but it appears that my processor doesn't support that. I'm now exploring other options. I'm ...