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  1. whitedragon551

    whitedragon551 Registered Member

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    I have to install VMWare on my laptop for my MS Server class. Any other uses I can use VMWare for since I have to have it for 3 months?
     
  2. JohnnyDollar

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    Yeah, you can run virtual machines with it.:D
     
  3. whitedragon551

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    Besides that?
     
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    You can download preconfigured VM's from VMWARE with lots of different operating systems. I like to do that sometimes when I am bored. You can definitely get a lot.
     
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    Anything else I can do besides run other OSes? Can I configure those OSes and keep the configuration?
     
  6. Peter2150

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    You can literally do anything on a vm machine you can do on your computer, in fact more. Workstation has a killer snapshot feature.
     
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    Hmm I hope it doesnt hog HD space like a normal install would.
     
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    It will start at a recommendation for that OS while prompting for an amount. Obviously this must be as little as the OS install to whatever you may work with. You can also share folders and add harddisks.

    I use a separate harddisk for my vms and treat them like real systems.
     
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    It's designed to be a host for virtual machines.
    So what you want to do is "learn it".
    Learn how to install it, learn how to configure the available hardware to be available for your virtual hosts.
    Learn how to install new virtual hosts
    And a commonly used one that's good to pick up on, learn how to do "P to V Conversions"..that is...install the conversion client on existing computers..and transfer them into the ESXi host. Useful for retiring "old hardware" on production servers and transferring the server image to new hardware on the fly without much downtime.
    Learn how to install the VMWare tools so your virtual hosts run better
    Learn how to use the vSphere client so you can manage the host from another workstation
    Setup 2x of them on 2x different boxes, learn how to use the failover
    Learn how to manage available memory and CPU power to each virtual host
     
  10. CogitoTesting

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    You can't watch TV on a VM. Beside with Comodo Time Machine, which is free, snapshot is not an exclusivity of VMware.

    Thanks.
     
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    Yeah you can do anything with a VM. I literally had to upgrade my Hard Drive because of all the different Linux Distros I had, of course now I know which ones I like and not but I learned a lot about Linux/Unix, just by messing around, that I hadn't learned in college. And had a good time doing.
     
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    You mean emulate the tv card. Then again I know some audio/video companies working on or have got VMware ready certification with products on the VMWare hardware compatibility guide so you can over virtual desktops, VMWare View.

    Although snapshots are not exclusive, CTM is a different kind of virtualization and not as versatile as OS virtualization.
     
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    Could you tell me how did you achieve that feat? What did you do to emulate the TV card inside the VM? A detailed step by step instructions would greatly help.

    Thanks.
     
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    When you build a machine you have to specifiy the size of the disk drives. In my case my main machine has two 20 gig hard drives. With all the snapshot, the folder of the machine is around 55gb

    Pete
     
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    Eh, you can do things with VMware snapshots, you can't do with CTM, FDISR or any other snapshot recovery program. For example, format your C: drive with CTM, and try recovering. On 2nd hand don't. You can do that with a VM snapshot.

    Pete
     
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    Touche Peter2150
     
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    @CogitoTesting

    Sorry you misunderstand me. I was clarifying that you meant you couldn't watch tv...because vmware won't be sharing or emulating the card, as opposed to network or usb device.
     
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    So in the end what did you mean?
     
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    Well not everyone uses vms and knows the reasons why some things cannot be done. 'You can't watch TV on a VM' was a definite statement, obviously you can watch tv but not in this case through a tv card attached to the host.
     
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    Alright I got my academic version of Windows Server 2003 installed and while I was at school I decided to take a look at VMWares other installations. I used to dual boot Fedora and Win7. Now Im just running Fedora in a VM.

    Does running an OS in a VM function as a sandbox?
     
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    Yes it can.

    You may also make snap shots or freeze the vm by reverting on shutdown.
     
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    Is it possible for a virus to get out of the VMWare?
     
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    Anything is possible but unlikely - usually POCs. VMWare are usually good at patching holes.
     
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    I hope so. Im going to rely on it.
     
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    I use a virtual machine to basically test security software / strange files. I have a read only share that works when virtual cable is down and I just throw stuff at it and see what happens.

    Quite easy if you use it with snapshots since you just revert to last snapshot and it is clean again.

    Also great for trying out linux without going insane due to WLAN driver search etc :)

    Note: I prefer VirtualBox, not sure how convenient VMWare snapshots are but I bet they are very advanced.
     
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