View Full Version : good virtualization utility that doesnt modify the mbr?
December 1st, 2006, 12:00 PM
hey guys, on my c: partition I am running server 2003, with firstdefense isr, and its working great, no complaints. for base imaging I am using acronis. I decided to install windows xp on a seperate partition, for games mainly, rather than from within firstdefense, as sometimes it's advantageous to actually have that true second partition. so now that I have windows xp installed, like with server 2003, I am looking for that 2nd layer of protection, only I cant use firstdefense with both server 2003 and windows xp. neither shadowuser or deepfreeze run on my system for some reason. can anyone recommend a good virtualization program that compliments acronis well, which doesnt modify the master boot record?
December 1st, 2006, 12:13 PM
I would highly recommend - 'BufferZone'. Look where your most vulnerable and then decide if you would need the Full version (paid), or a free version which will cover certain programs like Browser, IM Client. Here is a link.
December 1st, 2006, 05:10 PM
Question 1, DeepFreeze and ShadowUser do not run - in conjunction with the other two - or not run at all.
Question 2, why not use Acronis? Unless you install the Startup Recovery Manager, it won't touch the MBR.
December 1st, 2006, 05:34 PM
in answer to question 1- deepfreeze nor shadowuser run properly, when I install either, I have an nforce chipset and have heard there're some compatibility issues with these programs.
I will be using acronis for base imaging, but would like to use a complimentary utility so that I wouldnt have to make new images often, basically the same reason I use firstdefense isr in conjunction with acronis over on my server 2003 partition. I remember a few months back, I was trying an experimental program, and thought that I should first make a fresh acronis image. I didnt feel like taking the half hour to make a new image, and I figured the new program would be ok, but it wound up bluescreening my system. I had an older acronis image and restored from that-but I lost a month of work, because I didnt want to take that half hour and make an image before trying the program. So then, acronis is great for base imaging, but within that, I like a faster snapshot or rollback utility, only like I said, deepfreeze and shadowuser neither work. If theres nothing available, i'll just have to learn to be more disciplined about making new acronis images as I progress through the setup of xp.
December 1st, 2006, 05:40 PM
Which Nforce? I has it too on one of me comps. Are you using the Nvidia firewall perhaps? This one is a naughtly little dog.
I really can't tell you about older versions and specific incompatibilities you experienced, but I'm using Acronis on systems with dual-boot and GRUB, and have successfully restored both the C and Linux partitions without touching the MBR.
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