Use a virtual machine -- it's free!

By Phantasm66 ยท 107 replies
May 3, 2007
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  1. pathik

    pathik TS Rookie

    I am using 3 OS's on VMware (XP,Win 8, and fedora) . Can anyone guide me through the process of backing up and restoring VMs on another machine(Using VMware) ?
    I have 2 laptops and want to transfer a VM from 1 laptop to another.
  2. c3h899

    c3h899 TS Rookie Posts: 37

    VirtualBox (Oracle, formerly SUN Microsystems {Think Java})

    The OS doesn't have to be Windows, as a VIRTUAL machine it is intended to support any OS you can install onto you real computer. Windows xx, Linux xx, FreeBSD xx, etc.

    I haven't tried VMWare, but try browsing to your Virtual Machines Folder (Windows Explorer) and backing up that. You basically need the Virtual Hard Drives. I recommend using something like 7-Zip to compress the files as compression will dramatically cut file size if those drives have "free-space".
  3. pathik

    pathik TS Rookie

    oh yes may be I should try that way . thank you
  4. Neil010

    Neil010 TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Can I download OS X on the virtual machine?
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Not legally... and please, no further answers to this particular question. I don't feel like cleaning up today.
  6. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Booster Posts: 115

    I think you trying to say sorta of more like program OS running on top of windows.But want is to stop the malware accessing files out side the virtual machine? That say you running windows 7 and your virtual machine is windows XP or Linux what is to stop malware accessing files out side the virtual machine?

    Even if you do not use a virtual machine running windows 7 and surfing the internet with the guest account with little to no read and write access !! Yes because you are using limited read and write permission some malware can find loop holes through active x ,java and flash and bad programming.

    Over 10 years a lot malware I see coming through active x ,java and flash and pop ups.

    Unless you have no active x ,java and flash or script script enabled you still will get malware with guest account.
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  7. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +250

    Myself, the virtual OS running inside the host OS is used infrequently and I do not use it for anything like financial transactions. I run an AV program within my virtual XP and am pretty confident my computer is secure enough. If you have specific concerns VMWare has a good forum where you could post specific questions. On all computers it's sensible to have software ready to roll if anything suspicious occurs and to run regular scans in any case. Even the biggest institutions are not 100% secure.

    Whenever I fire up VMPlayer it lets me know if a new version is available. Installing it leaves the virtual OS and saved files untouched. Revised versions are likely to cover any security weaknesses that have been uncovered by their programmers.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2015
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  8. kurtkristoff

    kurtkristoff TS Rookie

    Does it really works? Thanks.

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