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

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Is it possible to convert virtual machines to physical environments?

Is is possible to convert a .vdi file into a .iso that can be burned to a cd or dvd and make it like an installer. Or Is it possible to convert virtual machines to physical environments?
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Does the Virtual PC XP Mode need safety measures?

Does the Virtual PC XP-Mode (or any other virtualized mode) require safety measures, such as antivirus or a firewall? I'm just wondering if the XP-Mode would be a large security loophole, since it's ...
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Is my host machine completely isolated from a virus-infected virtual machine?

If I am running a Windows 7 virtual machine on a Windows 7 host using VMWare or VirtualBox (or anything else) and the virtual machine is completelly overloaded with viruses and another malicious code, ...
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Dedicated mouse and keyboard for a virtual machine, is it possible?

Let's say I have a PC with two monitors atached. I'm running e.g. Windows Vista natively, and start up a virtual Ubuntu PC. I change to fullscreen mode so that on one Monitor, I see my Windows ...
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Booting into a Virtual Machine from a physical installation

In Mac OSX, you can create a Boot Camp partition, install Windows on it, and then later by using Parallels you can boot into that OS virtually in OS X! Its awesome, I've been using it on my macbook. ...
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Virtual Machine and Virus

I have a requirement for which I have to get online without protection (firewall, anti-virus). At the same time, I don't want to risk getting infected with viruses. If I install a virtual machine ...
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How do I install and use Windows Virtual PC in Windows 8?

I really liked the integrated Virtual Machine that Windows had built-in with Windows 7, known as the Windows Virtual PC. I'm looking to install that again. I'd like to be able to install multiple ...
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Can a virus from a virtualbox vm affect the host computer?

Can a virus from a VirtualBox VM affect the host computer?
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Which virtual machine software is preferable for running Windows 8 Developer Preview?

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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What virtualization software to use? [closed]

I building a virtual machine box and need to know what virtualization software is best. I'm running Ubuntu server and have some VMWare images I want to use. Is VMWare the "best"? If not, can I ...
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Can't find the right Ubuntu Server ISO for VirtualBox

I have been trying all morning to find the right Ubuntu Server (12.04) ISO to use for installing an Ubuntu guest OS on my VBox VM. Here are the relevant stats: Host Machine: AMD 64-bit Host OS: ...
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Why Virtual Box won't give me option to create 64 bits guests?

My host is x64 bits Windows 8.1. I downloaded the latest Virtual Box (4.3) and I'm trying to create a VM with a 64 bits Ubuntu OS (ubuntu-12.04.3-desktop-amd64). When I go to New VM wizard, it ...
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How to turn a Windows XP partition into a VirtualBox virtual machine?

How can I turn a hard drive with XP into a VirtualBox virtual machine?
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Unattended installation for windows 7 x86

Are there any pre-created Autounattend.xml files for Windows 7 unattended installation x86? I have been experimenting and creating the XML file but I am always being prompted to choose which hard disk ...
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does Windows 7 come with something like Virtual PC built in?

does Windows 7 come with something like Virtual PC built in? I have an i7 which is suppose to be great with virtualization and I wanted to try it out. Is there a specific app I should get that takes ...
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Where to find the Windows 8 ISO? [closed]

I'm on OSX and I've bought Windows 8. I'd like to run it in VirtualBox. I can't seem to find an ISO to download. Do you know where I could find it? (Or is there some other way to set up a vm?)
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How to share files/folders in Sun VirtualBox?

I'm running on Windows 7 and using Sun's VirtualBox, and I already shared my folders in the settings of my VirtualBox installation. The problem is I can't figure-out how I can access it. I also tried ...
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How do I convert a VDI HDD to a VHD file?

Is there a tool or a way to convert a VDI HDD to a VHD?
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Limiting CPU speed in a virtual machine?

Does anyone know of a way to limit the CPU speed in a virtual machine? Or if there is even a virtualization software that allows you to do this? I am trying to find the minimum requirements for a ...
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Converting existing PC into a VM with Virtual Box

I'd like to convert my laptop (Windows Vista) into a VirtualBox VM. I think there is a utility for VMWare, but is it possible to do with Virtual Box? Also, do I need another (host) PC to run the ...
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How can I increase the Hyper-V display resolution?

I just started experimenting with the Hyper-V of Windows 8 and installed Ubuntu on it. However when I launch it my screen resolution is small. How can I scale Ubuntu to the resolution of my screen? ...
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Does VMWare Fusion negatively affect system performance?

Since installing Fusion my Mac Pro seems to hang (SPOD) more often even when Fusion isn't running. Has anybody else experienced this? My Mac Pro never used to display the SPOD at all but now it ...
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Should I enable Firewall and AntiVirus on a VirtualPC VM? [duplicate]

I run W7 64-bit with windows firewall + MSE running, and there is a firewall on my router also. I want to run a VM (probably using VirtualPC which comes free) but I'm unclear if this is guarded by the ...
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VM sandboxing- what happens?

How exactly does VM sandbox? Surely it is still using the same hardware resources and same underlying OS? I dont get why multiple VMs on an OS is safe but multiple applications/processes can be ...
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Can virtual machines infect their host? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Virtual Machine and Virus I've always been curious because I've run a virtual machine a few times. Can a VM infect the host with a shared drive between the two? Can a ...
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BSOD trying to migrate Windows XP from a physical to a virtual machine

I am attempting to migrate a Windows XP Home installation from a physical machine to a virtual machine. The physical machine has two hard disks; the first is 250GB containing the "C:", the second is ...
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How can I take browser screenshots at a higher resolution than my browser supports?

I need to take a screenshot of a website as it would appear on a very high resolution monitor... say 4000x3000 pixels. My laptop's screen has a native resolution of 1400x768. Basically, I need to ...
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How to move VirtualBox files?

By default VirtualBox stores all data in a directory below the home directory. I know how to change it but how can I change the location of existing images (without editing VirtualBox.xml manually)? ...
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How to access an SD card from a virtual machine?

I want to format an SD card from my Linux virtual machine. I have a built-in SD card reader in my laptop. I tried using VirtualBox and VMware Player and installed Ubuntu 10.04 guest. None of them are ...
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How do I get out my embedded Windows 8 key from a Linux environment?

I have seen other SuperUser questions on this topic: How to find Windows 8 product key? | How to find Windows 8 OEM product key? However, all of the answers assume you have Windows 8 running. I've ...
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How to easily port VirtualBox machines?

I have used VMware for a long time. VMware saves all information for one machine in one diretory. This means it is easy to zip and copy. Now I switched to VirtualBox. VirtualBox seems to save the ...
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Running XP as a virtual machine - suggestions wanted

I want to run a Windows XP virtual machine, and not pay for any licenses (I already have a valid XP license for installing on the VM). What software would you recommend? Tips on performance and ...
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Dedicated Mouse and Keyboard on VirtualBox VM

Currently I am trying to run VirtualBox on my second monitor, with a dedicated mouse and keyboard. However, doing so has not proven easy. There has been times where the mouse works, but not the ...
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Ubuntu Server VM: copy paste?

I've installed Ubuntu Server under Virtualbox just to get a nice little shell. I've also installed the VirtualBox "Guest Additions" and set "Shared Clipboard: Bidirectional". I still can't seem to ...
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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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Is there an optimal setting for the number of CPU cores exposed to a VM?

VirtualBox, and possibly other VM software, allows the user to specify the number of CPUs exposed to the VM. In my particular case, I have a dual core CPU, with Windows 7 64-bit running natively, and ...
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Mouse+Keyboard for each VM? [duplicate]

I'm using VM Ware (specifically the player) and i'd like to attach a multiple mouses and have one for each VM (same idea with keyboard but i havent tried keyboards yet). I'd like several people using ...
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VMWare vs VirtualBox …what I should use [closed]

what I should using to work with linux on windows ... I don't know ! ... but I tried VirtualBox and VmWare what's the differents and which are the feutures
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“Host USB device connections disabled” in VMware?

I installed Linux, Windows XP and Chrome OS in VMware Workstation 7 and in every OS the USB host doesn't work. When I start some of the Operating Systems this message shows up: Host USB device ...
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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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Convert Parallels VM to Virtual Box VM?

The question describes well what I need but here are some more details about the circumstances. With Parallels Desktop 4 running under Linux, I have a number of Windows 7 Virtual Machines. Sadly, ...
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How to convert physical Ubuntu operating system into a virtual machine?

A while ago I turned my PC into dual boot with Windows and Ubuntu. But my experience is, that I rarely boot into Ubuntu, so I wanted to make it available as virtual machine in Windows rather than as a ...
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Run Windows inside a virtual machine on Linux for gaming

Since making the full time move to using Linux (Fedora) from Windows, I've found the migration fairly easy and haven't had much disruption in how I do my work. However, there are some games I like to ...
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VMWare Player slows down computer after exit

After exiting VMWare player, my main OS (Windows 7) lags and slows down tremendously. The HDD is seeking excessively. I see that the issue is that it's swapping tons of pages rapidly. This lasts ...
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How to run an encrypted virtual machine?

I wonder what is the best practice for storing the virtual machine encrypted. I tried putting the image it a TrueCrypt volume, but it doesn't work nicely: With the volume unmounted the VirtualBox ...
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Can I run a single Mac application inside a virtual machine?

How can I run a single Mac app inside a virtual machine without installing Mac OS X?
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Which virtual machines exist for Linux besides VirtualBox? [closed]

What virtual machine software is there for Linux besides VirtualBox?
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Virtual PC versus VirtualBox

Which free virtualization software do you guys prefer? I have used Virtual PC and VirtualBox (briefly), any advantage of using either one? Any other recomendations?
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virtualbox - Why can't I create a 64-bit virtual machine inside another virtual machine? [duplicate]

I am trying to create a new 64-bit Windows 7 virtual machine inside a 64-bit Debian 7.3.0 instance running in VirtualBox. I am allowed to run 32-bit machines, but I can not create 64-bit machines, as ...
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fullscreen VirtualBox [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Screen resolution only displaying 800x600 in Xubuntu I recently created a virtual machine of Windows XP for a host computer running Mac OSX 10.6.8 However i find that ...