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Thursday, February 23, 2006

using vmware for development


By Justin Silverton

As a programmer, I often times need to develop or test my work on multiple operating systems such as linux, freebsd, and various versions of windows. Rather than keep separate boxes around for each operating system, I run windows 2003 standard edition as my base OS and a vmware session for each separate OS.

My current hardware is : amd64 with an 80 gig harddrive/1 gig of Ram. Any OS that I have tried runs very fast, with almost no noticable difference from a regular installation.

One quick tip: install the Vmware tools. This will improve performance significantly.

One of the most interesting features of Vmware is the fact that it has bridged networking. This allows your sessions to each have their own separate IP addresses on your network. This can really come in handy if you want to test out a new server on linux or an apache installation.

Beyond development, vmware can also be used to surf the Internet without having to worry about your computer getting infected with spyware. This may be overkill, but it just might save you from having to re-install your entire OS because of an insecure browser.

Vmware has a free verson available for both windows and linux. It is in beta, but it still works very well for most people's needs.

Both can be downloaded Here

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