Over the past few years, virtualization has taken the server room by storm. IT pros are also using virtual machines on the desktop but for different reasons.

I like to use virtual machines to experiment with new configurations of operating systems. At our company, we maintain a library of virtual machines of common desktop configurations to test our software. Other companies use virtual machines on the desktop to isolate risky applications from the rest of the OS or to help them test patches or beta products.

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