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#2485 by gtyellow (0.9772) posted on 12:32pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
I bit the bullet and decided to switch to virtualization. I downloaded VMware Player which allows me to create new VMs in about two clicks. There are several guides on how to do this, but it's so easy that a retarded blind baby could make a new VM. The process is automated, just load the OS of your choice and let it run. 30min later I had Win XP running.
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There's is a feature called unity mode which integrates the start menu of the VM with the host machine. The benefit of this is that programs can run from both machines in a seamless fashion.
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Why do all this? For one I was tired of file syncing between computers. Two I despise setting up my computer all over again. Now I have one master backup which is a fresh XP with all my settings. Three when I backup online, I can just download the VM from anywhere and run my computer.
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Finally it's fast, when I tried this a long time ago there was lagg all over the place. It was like a terrible remote desktop connection. Now with all the hardware VT and improved software, everything feels real snappy.
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#2486 by briantech (1.0000) posted on 12:37pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
So you're running a windows VM on top of windows?
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#2487 by briantech (1.0000) posted on 12:37pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
hell why not just keep the VM on a thumbdrive, and keep all your files remotely on a dropbox or something.
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#2488 by gtyellow (0.9772) posted on 12:44pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
briantech said:
So you're running a windows VM on top of windows?
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Yes, I started out wanting to run a XP program not made for Win7 yet. It evolved from there. If something goes wrong, I delete the whole computer. Reduces the clean install process to a few minutes.
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hell why not just keep the VM on a thumbdrive, and keep all your files remotely on a dropbox or something.
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Basically it's what I am doing, but I just back up the whole machine online, cut out the thumbdrive. I do need the VMplayer to run it though, so I have that on my BB.
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#2489 by gtyellow (0.9772) posted on 12:47pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
I def want to play around with this and download a few netbook OSes that looked promising. Maybe i'll even pony up the $25 and try out OS X.
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#2490 by briantech (1.0000) posted on 12:47pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
That is pretty interesting. I think it is kind of a clunky solution to what ultimately reduces as the situation that I want a thin client everywhere I go.
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You should be able to have any number of physical boxes with a CPU/memory/video card anywhere, sit down at them, but then be presented with the same desktop environment that stays synced across them all. It sounds like this is exactly what you've accomplished, I just wish computer manufacturers would produce a native solution themselves.
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#2491 by gtyellow (0.9772) posted on 12:59pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Yes that was my final goal. I'm a poor sap stuck in a windows world and afraid to venture out, but this powerful tool changes the game for me. I've always wanted to put ubuntu and max os on my extra comps, but I was always worried I would need some software in Windows.
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#2492 by gtyellow (0.9772) posted on 1:01pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
VMware makes a tool that converts your existing physical HDD to a VM. Check it out if your want to try this out but don't want to risk your main machine.
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I also tried out XP Mode, which is Microsoft's virtual machine. The integration is tight, couldn't ask for a more. It feel like one OS. After that it drops off like a rock.
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You should be able to have any number of physical boxes with a CPU/memory/video card anywhere, sit down at them, but then be presented with the same desktop environment that stays synced across them all. It sounds like this is exactly what you've accomplished, I just wish computer manufacturers would produce a native solution themselves.
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Will never happen. Too much money lost in hardware sales for that to happen for consumers. You best shot is cloud, where it's going to be a service based business model.
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#2493 by gtyellow (0.9772) posted on 1:22pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
I don't want to hype VMware, there is also Parallels which I've read is the best for Macs. Virtual box, made by sun; same as VMware, but open source. Then there is Microsoft's Virtual Box; but you have to get the 2007 version to work with other OSes.
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#2494 by briantech (1.0000) posted on 1:23pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Yeah we use Parallels in OSX here. Its nice, I don't run any kind of virus detection in the windows vm -- if it gets messed up i just delete it and open the back up of the iamge.
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#2495 by gtyellow (0.9772) posted on 1:28pm Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
I forgot one feature I'm using is that VMware allows you to break up the disk into 2GB files. This is what allows me to back up online very easily. There are several sites that allow massive storage for free, but file size is the bottleneck.
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I'm using Adrive.com which gives 50GB of backup space, but I just switched to Microsoft Skydrive which is 25GB and a bigger company.
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