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02-06-2009   #1 (permalink)
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So, I'm pretty sure some of you guys know how to multiboot, multi OS within partitions, right?

But...isn't those kinda, hassle to do? You'll have to re-partition this that this, reconfigure the bootup list that this that? Why don't you guys try those OS virtualization like VMWARE or Sun VirtualBox? It's much more easier to use those tools, rather than you've to manually configures everything, or restart all the time again.

Both of the tools mentioned are free, you can get it here:
- Download VMware Server 2.0.0 - FileHippo.com
- VirtualBox

I'm currently using virtualbox to simulate Linux, and other Windows on my computer. Basically, it's like you've a running OS on another OS.
Either you mount it via image disc [iso image], or the physical setup disc itself to install the "guest OS" by using the software.

Good side:
- You don't have to reconfigure partitions, boot up list, etc.
- You don't have to restart all the time just to install the OS.
- You can easily "alt-switch" to your "virtual OS" and the main OS, easier to troubleshoot in case something up.
- You can treat the "virtual OS/guest OS" as testing ground, if you screwed the virtual OS, just delete and restart it over, easy.

Down side:
- You might need to have more resources, since your computer will be running 2 OS-es, sharing resources, but you can manually configure these.
- Some of the devices are limited, you have to configure these out :s

Have any of you guys using these tools too? Or probably some others to recommend...etc?

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[short notes btw]

So, I'm pretty sure some of you guys know how to multiboot, multi OS within partitions, right?

But...isn't those kinda, hassle to do? You'll have to re-partition this that this, reconfigure the bootup list that this that? Why don't you guys try those OS visualization like VMWARE or Sun VirtualBox? It's much more easier to use those tools, rather than you've to manually configures everything, or restart all the time again.

Both of the tools mentioned are free, you can get it here:
- Download VMware Server 2.0.0 - FileHippo.com
- VirtualBox

I'm currently using virtualbox to simulate Linux, and other Windows on my computer. Basically, it's like you've a running OS on another OS.
Either you mount it via image disc [iso image], or the physical setup disc itself to install the "guest OS" by using the software.

Good side:
- You don't have to reconfigure partitions, boot up list, etc.
- You don't have to restart all the time just to install the OS.
- You can easily "alt-switch" to your "virtual OS" and the main OS, easier to troubleshoot in case something up.
- You can treat the "virtual OS/guest OS" as testing ground, if you screwed the virtual OS, just delete and restart it over, easy.

Down side:
- You might need to have more resources, since your computer will be running 2 OS-es, sharing resources, but you can manually configure these.
- Some of the devices are limited, you have to configure these out :s

Have any of you guys using these tools too? Or probably some others to recommend...etc?
Me! me! I'm using VMWare Fusion. I sparked some attention of other people when they see how did I switch between two OSes and they asked me how to do it.
 
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I don't like virtualizing. I see the benefits, but I prefer to work on one OS at a time
 
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Arn't read write speeds lower if you run it like that?
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I only do it, when I need to run some scripts that only work on unix base systems :v
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I have a Win 2k3, RHEL5, and WinXP VM running on VMWare ESXi =]
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I only do it, when I need to run some scripts that only work on unix base systems :v
Same here.. very rarely
 
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I've heard that some people use it to create a sandboxed operating system that could be effortlessly backed up or restored if corrupted.

I want to use it to test out some Linux distro, but my computer can't handle it. Though I liked Virtualbox more than VMWare.
 

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