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Old 03-02-2010, 12:42 PM   #1
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For anyone using VM ware or virtual machine - take a look at this



http://www.virtualbox.org/

sun microsystems hit the nail on the head.

Right now we have this running separate instances of win 7 and kubuntu on a laptop that wouldn't support virtual machine as the laptop didn't have "virtualization hardware capabilities"

there is a "seamless mode" that combines the O/S's

Just getting into it now.

Anyone else using this already?
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
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if it's open source why does it say oracle at the bottom of the page?
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:35 PM   #3
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Oracle bought Sun.

http://www.oracle.com/us/sun/index.html
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:47 PM   #4
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Vmware workstation runs on hardware without VT as well. I'll stick with VMware ESX
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:00 PM   #5
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I love the "bare metal" installation of ESXi but I keep running into its limitations.
I can't virtualize my fax server as VM doesn't have serial port support and my fax program vendor doesn't support IP addressable serial adapters. There is no audio support either.

Virtual Box offers USB over RDP. "With this unique feature, a virtual machine that acts as an RDP server can still access arbitrary USB devices that are connected on the RDP client. This way, a powerful server machine can virtualize a lot of thin clients that merely need to display RDP data and have USB devices plugged in. "

90% of our users are on thin clients.

I'm definately not going to re-format all my servers, but I'm inclined to rebuild my Terminal servers to allow the USB support. (after much testing of course)
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:15 AM   #6
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http://www.virtualbox.org/

sun microsystems hit the nail on the head.

Right now we have this running separate instances of win 7 and kubuntu on a laptop that wouldn't support virtual machine as the laptop didn't have "virtualization hardware capabilities"

there is a "seamless mode" that combines the O/S's

Just getting into it now.

Anyone else using this already?

I installed it a month back on a machine running Ubuntu 9.10 and played around with it a bit, but have not had a chance to really use it much yet. I'll be doing that when I have some more time.
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Old 03-05-2010, 03:39 PM   #7
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I currently use the free VMWare server 2.0.1 on my Vista desktop and laptop. Am running VM instances of XP and Ubuntu 9.10. I play with it mostly for fun. For what I use it for I have not found any limitations (so far). However, if I used it in a enterprise scenario, I'm sure there would be many things missing that the paid VMWare versions give you.

Thanks for the heads up re virtual box. I may check that out too.
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My co-worker just threw me a link to a program called Wubi. It installs ubuntu as an app within windows but allows the dual boot. CRAZY!
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:36 PM   #9
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I run VMWare workstation on my home system with multiple OS'es... No Issues there... Haven't tried vbox yet.

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Old 03-07-2010, 11:17 PM   #10
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VMware is the industry leader for a reason... it perfected virtualization. For MS server consolidation and sandboxing, nothing tops it.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:32 AM   #11
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VBox and VMWare are both really good products but if you want more VMWare is the way to go. If youre just trying to run two systems on a laptop or desktop than VBox is perfect.
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