Virtualization is the process of using software to emulate an entire computer, in which "guest" operating systems can run.

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VirtualBox shared clipboard?

Where is the configuration option for sharing clipboards (copy & paste) between the host OS and the guest OS?
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Connect to the host machine from a VirtualBox guest OS?

I'd essentially like to access my host computer from the guest in VirtualBox. Is there an IP address given for my host which I can use from the guest? Are there extra steps required to set this up? ...
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How does Windows 7 licensing work for running the OS as Virtual Machines?

I plan on buying Windows 7 Ultimate Edition to run on an old Pentium 4. I also want to run Windows 7 virtual machines inside Windows 7. My question is two fold: Do I need a license for each Virtual ...
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Why is there so much hype about Virtualization these days?

Virtual machine, Virtual server, Virtual disk, etc...... It doesn't make much sense to me why someone would want to make their things "virtual" when basically that adds another layer to everything ...
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Can you run one virtual machine inside another?

Is it possible to, say, run VirtualBox on Windows 7 with a Linux guest, and inside that Linux machine run Bochs? The reason is that I'm interested in starting OS development, and I've found that all ...
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VirtualBox from an existing partition

I installed VirtualBox on my Ubuntu Hardy Heron installation, and I would like to use it to virtualize Windows for those rare occasions that I actually need to do something there. Unfortunately, I ...
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VirtualBox guest OS accessing local server on host OS

On my Ubuntu host I have my local webserver. I installed VirtualBox and Debian as a guest. I would like the Debian guest to be able to hit my webserver running on my Ubuntu host (for example, I just ...
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Vagrant ssh fails with VirtualBox

vagrant up fails when it gets to the ssh part: myterminal$ vagrant up [default] VM already created. Booting if its not already running... [default] Running any VM customizations... [default] Clearing ...
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What features should I look for in a laptop for virtualization-heavy workloads?

I do most of my development in VMware Workstation (version 7 at the moment). Unfortunately, on my laptop with 4 GB of RAM, an OCZ Vertex 2 240 GB, and a Core 2 Duo T9550 (2.66 GHz) does ...
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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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How to run Mac OS X within Windows Virtual PC? [closed]

The short answer is: You Can't. It seems to be a popular question as to whether you can install/run Mac OS X under virtualization within Windows. However, most of the questions really answer the ...
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Does Windows 7's XP mode require hardware virtualization? What are the requirements to run XP mode?

Does Windows 7's XP mode require hardware virtualization? This old post indicates hardware virtualization is required, some articles say it no longer is. Do I need a CPU with hardware ...
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Parallels vs Vmware Fusion for running Windows on Mac

Has anyone used both of these? Is one clearly superior to the other? I notice they are the same price. Any pros and cons?
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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 start Windows XP in Safe Mode when its a VirtualBox guest in a Mac OS X host?

I've tried tapping F8 as it boots up, but I just get the normal logon screen. I'm using a Mac Mini with an Apple keyboard, do I need to do something special to get it to recognise F8? I'm trying to ...
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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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Where can I find ready-to-use virtual machines?

I'm new to virtualization, and I'm trying to create a couple of boxes for testing the software I develop (php) in diferent enviroments. I know php is portable, but sometimes it breaks because of ...
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Bare-metal virtualisation for the desktop

What knowledge exists about bare-metal virtualisation products? I'm interested in building a new desktop machine for home. I've been looking at the Intel Quad Core processors and I'd like to put 8 GB ...
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Is there free VM software for Mac?

I've seen Parallels running Windows and it's pretty darn good. But before I go and spend over $100 dollars, are there any free VM apps on the Mac that are up to speed?
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Proper way for changing MAC address in a linux VM?

I tried to change the MAC address in a ubuntu VM (virtualbox), but after that it threw lots of errors during boot, and then I had no internet connection. Then I saw that the interface was renamed to ...
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emulate fake monitor on windows 7?

Is there any 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 I ...
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Any Way to run Mac OSX software under Windows?

I know that you cannot run MacOSX within a virtual machine, but I am curious if there is something similar to WINE that emulates MacOSX enough to allow running some MacOSX software under Windows. ...
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Are there any open source app virtualization solutions for Windows

I am looking for open source solutions that provide application virtualization for Windows! In other words an open source to ThinApp from VMWare. I have found several commercial options, but nothing ...
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VirtualBox: Host OS processor is spiked while guest OS virtual processor is idle?

I'm running Windows XP 32-bit on Windows Vista 64-bit with VirtualBox 3.0.6. Whenever I run the XP VM, Vista (host) reports 100% cpu utilization even though XP (guest) reports between 1-5% cpu ...
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Are there any benchmarks showing difference between hardware virtualisation enabled/disabled?

I have a 13" sub-laptop/large-netbook, it has an AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335, and I chose this one because it supports hardware virtualisation. In the end, I hardly do any virtualisation on it, however, ...
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Resize a VM hard-drive (virtualbox)

Is there a way to resize a VM hard drive? I am using virtualbox and I have a VM that has run out of space, looked into the settings but it seems I may have to create another partition. I thought ...
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Is it possible to convert physical environments to virtual machines

Is it possible to convert physical environments to virtual machines?
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Intel VT-x disappeared after upgrading to Windows 8

I've upgraded to Windows 8 some weeks ago (MSDNAA!) and today, while I was trying to run a VM, I've noticed that VT-x is disabled. Now, Hyper-V works without problems, as I've tried emulating Win7 ...
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VirtualBox: using physical partition as virtual drive

Background: I am using VirtualBox installed on Windows 7. From within VirtualBox I am using Xubuntu as a virtual OS. The reason I chose this approach is so that I don't have to keep turning off ...
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How can I make my OS appear as if it is running virtualized?

A lot of malware these days is able to detect when it is running virtualized under VMWare, VirtualPC, WINE, or even in a sandbox such as Anubis or CWSandBox. This essentially means that malware will ...
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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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Can't install Guest Additions using VirtualBox, Ubuntu guest OS, Win7 host OS

I'm new to VirtualBox and Linux. I've set up VirtualBox 4.0.4 on Windows 7. Successfully created a virtual machine running Ubuntu server 10.10 64 bit. I'm trying to set up Shared Folders. Prerequisite ...
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Is it possible to virtualize the iPhone OS?

I was wondering if it was possible to virtualize an iPhone's OS on my Mac. Maybe through VMware or another application?
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Virtualizing Windows Home Server

I'm thinking about virtualizing Windows Home Server, mainly just for some testing and troubleshooting (right now, anyways -- nothing long term). I've got hardware that should easily pull it off, but ...
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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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Looking for tips: building a workstation around Xen and GPU pass-through

I'm building my new home machine right now and as usual this will be a heavily overloaded workstation that will serve as development and testing machine, file server and game console (plus I'm adding ...
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How to copy VirtualBox VDI contents to a partition and dual boot the OS from it?

I'm a Linux user but I keep a compressed Windows XP ISO with me on a pen drive for the case I absolutely need Windows to do something. This works in VirtualBox most of the time. But now I want to ...
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How does VmWare Workstation perform with SSD drives?

I have read a lot of information on using SSD drives in virtualization environment and the possible problems with not supported TRIM command. I fully understand what the TRIM is, what the problems ...
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Full hardware emulation

I want to emulate some old desktop PC in order to run my application there (the emulated machine) as a stress test. Is this possible? I looked around and some people mentioned Qemu, which is Open ...
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MacBook Pro for Windows development via virtualization. Performance?

I am a Windows/Web developer by profession and I have been considering a MacBook Pro as a replacement for my current development machine. I am impressed by the build quality, the uni-body construction ...
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Cannot boot after vhd hard drive is resized in VirtualBox

In Windows 7, I set up another Windows 7 VM in VirtualBox. It worked great. Then, I needed to increase the vhd HD size. So, I used VBoxManage utility to do that with the following comment: VBoxManage ...
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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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Windows 7 [virtualized] resolutions in Macbook Pro Retina

So, I was considering picking up a Macbook Pro Retina, but then I realized that Apple forces you to scale the resolution, so you don't actually see the true benefits of the 2880x1800 display. Instead, ...
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What desktop boards support VT-D or IOMMU? [closed]

I'm looking for a desktop board that supports either VT-D (Intel) or IOMMU (AMD) technology. This is the IO virtualization technology, not VT-x for CPU virtualization. I've found a list of chipsets ...
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Why is Hardware Assisted Virtualization disabled by default?

Why would vendors by default set hardware assisted virtualization off? I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X201 (64bit) but it seems this is the case with other vendors too. I want to run some virtual machines ...
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Experimenting with Virtualization

I want to try Google OS. For that purpose I am planning to install virtualization software. I have the option to use VMWare Palyer or VirtualBox. I am absolute beginner, and even though I understand ...
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How can virtualization be efficient?

As I understand, the virtual machine and the guest OS doubles the amount of abstraction layers (that are computationally relevant) between the user interface and the pure power of the hardware. Some ...
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Convert VirtualBox guest into main OS

Is it possible to somehow convert my guest OS to the Host OS? I have a PC and would like to physically install my current Ubuntu VM into my new notebook. Is it possible?
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How to create a virtual machine on Windows 7?

I'd like to create a virtual machine running on Windows 7. On Win XP / Vista I have been using either MS Virtual PC or VMWare Workstation. I believe I heard somewhere that virtualization is part of ...
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Does Windows 7 Support Hyper-V?

Now that Windows 7 Enterprise is available for VLK Users to download, I would like to check it out. The only thing holding me back is that I am an application developer (currently developing on a ...