Training and Development using Virtual Computing
Why Use Virtual Computing?
- Try new operating systems
- Learn about new operating systems and software
- Set up server deployments from your desktop
- Run multiple operating systems on the same computer
- Save the expense and energy of multiple computer when everything can run on one
- Virtual network together multiple virtual machines
- Added security by isolation between the virtual machine and the host computer
What Does Virtual Computing Cost?
|VMWare Player||Free||50 MB download|
|Microsoft Virtual PC 2007||Free||70 MB download|
|Linux Xen||Free||Bundled in some Linux distributions|
|Virtual Box||Free||Built for Windows, MAC, Linux.|
What Hardware do I need?
- PC with large hard drive and lots of memory.
- Assume 20 GB and 500 MB RAM per operating system
- The drive space needed is the total size of files in the operating system.
- The operating system believes it has larger storage than is actually used.
What are some of the Virtual Machines available for download?
|Virtual Computer Name||Hard Drive Requirement||Memory RAM Requirement|
|Linux Distributions||600 MB||500 MB|
|Windows 2008 Enterprise Server 60 days||2.3 GB||500 MB|
|Firefox browser appliance (protection from Internet)||250 MB|
|Thin Client Server||500 MB||500 MB|
|Oracle Database for Education||750 MB||1GB|
|SUSE Linux with IBM DB2 database||750 MB||1GB|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux||1.4 GB||500 MB|
|Windows 7||2.6 GB||500 MB|
|Network Storage Server||1 MB Software||300 MB|
|Ruby on Rails Development Server||350 MB||500 MB|
|Virtual Tape Library for Virtual Machines||400 MB||10 MB|
|Checkpoint VPN Security||700 MB||500 MB|
|Symantec Email Gateway Security||700 MB||500 MB|
|InterScanT Web Security Virtual Appliance||600 MB||2 MB|
|Windows XP SP3||3 GB||256 MB|
|Windows 8 Developer Preview||5 GB||1-2 GB|
Try trial software such as SQL 2008, Visual Studio and Sharepoint on a seperate virtual machines to prevent clashes with your host computer.
Build up your IT skills on the latest software without spending money.
Over 1000 Virtual Machines are available for download. Most are free.