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If I run windows in VM, is there anything I can do inside a VM...

Discussion in 'Software' started by Juelz, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

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    Quick question, if I run Windows OS in a VM, is there anything I could do to damage my host OS? such as messing with network settings? or is it completely safe and I can mess with whatever I want?
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  2. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    It's completely safe, it should offer a sandbox environment.

    The OS lives on a virtual hard disk (vhd) and the VM creates virtual devices which then have device drivers on the virtual hard disk.

    In some situations hackers have managed to hack their way out of the virtual machine and into the host, but these exploits are rare and most have been fixed.

    Since the devices are virtual, sometimes you don't get the full features, like 3D accelerated display, etc.
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  3. Ce127

    Ce127 Nibble Poster

    Word of warning from experience: Just don't setup a DC + DHCP on a VM at work and set the network type to "Bridged"

    *Facepalm* I certainly never made That mistake again
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  4. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    Well yes, you can also do things like join the host client to a guest DC, but common sense should tell you its a bad idea.
  5. Sparky
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    As long as you don't connect the VM to the live network then you should be fine :)
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