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Virtual o/s for mcdst / mcse advice please

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by beaumontdvd, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. beaumontdvd

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    Hi all, once I get my main pc working again I am looking to set up a virtual pc I am not experienced with any of this and was just interested in everyones opinion in differnt software and methods of doing it. I would need a free version. Also It would be for server 2003 to start off with. Also does it help your learning by practicing on a virtual OS?

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    Dave
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    I have used virtual pc since I started studying the A+.

    I have it setup as a virtual network running win2k3 and 3 copies of xp pro along with ubuntu (not sure why I put ubuntu on it since its a bit poo).
     
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  3. beaumontdvd

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    LOL! always wanted to try ubuntu but heard its overated?
    just out of interest is it one computer that is virtualised with many differnt operating systems of can you virtualise a few with separate operating systems then network them and assign permissions?

    Regards,
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    you can use one pc and have as many virtual OSs as you like. I have never tried to see if you can have tow machines with virtual OSs on them and link the two but I supposed it could be done.

    And yes Ubuntu is overated.
     
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  5. beaumontdvd

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    Ok thanks, is it free to download?
    I guess I may give it a try as then I can practice networking for the 272 as I am struggling on all the protocols and havent really played with any servers. Also no experience with 2003 :(
     
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  8. crazy horse

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    Just to throw this into the melting pot, if your using the Win2k3 as your host OS why not try VMWare server it's free

    It doesn't support XP as the host mind so if you are using XP as the host then MS Virtual PC will be your best bet.

    Oh and your right about Ubuntu too.
     
  9. beaumontdvd

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    I have downloaded virtual 7 and installed, I set up a host pc and have downloaded the server 2003 ISO but how do I add it to the machine? Ive tried to cature the ISO and release it but it doesnt work? I've seen a few comments about downloading imagedrive as it makes a virtual drive, but not to sure? Any recommendations?
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  10. nugget
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    Since when? I guess that the VMServer running on the XP box in my office doesn't count then.
     
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  11. Josiahb

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    I've got VMWare server running on my WinXP box here at work too, I think at one time VMWare claimed that Server would only run on a server OS (how else do you get people to pay for Workstation :p)
     
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  12. crazy horse

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    ah ok fair enough. I checked it out in this VMWare document: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmserver2.pdf (pg.25) states it is only supported on a server OS. But if it works on XP, then please ignore by above post. :oops:
     
  13. Bluerinse
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    Well you can either burn the ISO to a CD or use something like Daemon Tools to create a virtual optical drive.

    Linky..
    http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/home
     
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  14. beaumontdvd

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    Thanks, I found out after searching up on google that I need to make a virtual drive so I used Daemon Tools and mounted the iso to the virtual drive. Thanks again for all the help people :)
     
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  15. nugget
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    If you're looking for a free virtual drive program then look at virtual clone drive. It also runs on windows 7. :biggrin

    I thought Virtual PC 2007 had the ability to mount iso images.:hhhmmm
     
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  16. beaumontdvd

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    Thanks, Yeah but I was using xp as the client pc and I think windows 7 only supports vista/7 :(
     
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  17. nugget
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    :scratch It shouldn't matter what the host or the client is.


    I see what the confusion is. Bloody Microsoft. There are 2 versions, the first is Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 and the second is Windows Virtual PC.

    The link that GBL points to is the Windows Virtual PC for XP mode to set up on Windows 7. As far as I know this will only set up 1 XP system for you to use in XP mode (free from MS) and I don't think you have too much control over it or 'Virtual PC' either. The only guests you can have is XP, Vista or Windows 7.

    What you need (if you don't have it already) is the Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 from notes_bloke's link. This installs the proper program from which you can install and configure/control many virtual machines.
     
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