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How do you use a VM to test out apps?

By grenet ·
How specifically does a VM work? - Does it create it's own copy of the registry?

How do you set up and use a virtual machine to test an app. and get rid of it when you are done?

Is there a way to save files in a mutually accessible folder so that they are accessible in case you decide to install the file later as a resident app.?

Are there any websites that provide this kind of info? I may be using ineffective search criteria.

Thanks,
Anna

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A VM is....

by cmiller5400 In reply to How do you use a VM to te ...

A VM is a Virtual Machine. It is basically a "computer" running within a computer. It has a BIOS, and it's own "drives". You can connect/network the host of the VM to the VM to share files. Have you looked at Microsoft's Virtual PC? Free and it does a great job (just remember that you must be licensed for the OS on the VM's that you create)

If you don't need a VM anymore, all you do is delete it from the host machine.

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Goto VmWare dot Com

by robo_dev In reply to How do you use a VM to te ...

Here's how I have done it at home:

Get a computer, preferably a server-class machine, but even a powerful workstation will do. It helps to have a good deal of disk space. Use a new drive or one you plan to erase.

Go to VMware and download the FREE VMware ESXi hypervisor.

This fits on a CD or a USB jump drive. It may take some time, but install VMware server on the machine. Once it's running, you goto the IP address via a web browser, then download the Vsphere client.

With vSphere, you are now master of the universe.

On VMware, using vSphere, you now can create ANY type of computer you want. Windows, Unix, Linux, even DOS if you like. Each VMware virtual machine is a full-fledged computer....you give it disk, processor, memory and it just works. Want to load windows? Sure, just put in a Windows setup disk and go. Oracle Solaris? Download the ISO, let the VMware guest OS boot from the ISO, give the guest about 40 gigs of space, and blam, there is your Solaris box.

You can download VMware images called appliances. You want a fully functional web server in under ten minutes? Download a Bitnami appliance of WordPress, Concrete5, or Drupal, whatever. Bitnami gives you the OS (Linux) the Web Server (Apache), the database (MySQL), and the development environment (PHP).

By the way, if you have a powerful PC, you can also use what is called VMware Player, which lets you do much of the same stuff on your PC.

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Another VM choice is VirtualBox

by dldorrance In reply to How do you use a VM to te ...

It is also a free download and has a very similar look and feel to VMware Player.
Google virtualbox download.

Your virtual machine data is kept in separate files on your hard drive. In the event the VM crashes the data can be re-imported into a new VM; The new VM can find the file and add it to the new VM.

You can cut and paste data between a VM and the primary OS by loading "guest additions" to the VM; you will be instructed during the loading process of the VM.

Of course the first thing you do after loading a VM to your system is to install an OS on the VM. If no extra copy of Windows is available, you can load a free LInux system onto the VM to try it out.

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