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Old 13-03-2016, 10:35 AM   #1
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Ahoi hoi,

I have only really played with virtual box running on my main system or server. Thats well and good and fine for playing around with things and testing. But is there a way to run virtual machines on a dedicated computer that doesn't have a main operating system ?

I ask because it seems silly to install say windows 7 or 10 as an O.S only to have 3-4 virtual machines running on top of that O.S that is already there.

hope that makes sense and that someone knows what I am on about.
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Old 13-03-2016, 11:28 AM   #2
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Re: Virtual Machines

yeah they are called hypervisors.

and yes they are a thing, low level OS just to boot the virtual boxes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervisor

you could check out microsofts Hyper-V server
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/eval...server-2012-r2

with that all you need to do is license the guests.
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Re: Virtual Machines

Thanks maggie, yea heard about type and type 2 hypervisers but wasnt really sure if it was a practical thing for home users. Just done some googling on hyper V, that seems to be a pretty good option. Cheers ( does each virtual machine on hyper V need to be licence separately of their own serial number licence ? as i have legal copies of everything I want to run. ( i had better do some goggling on that. ) Sorry for asking something i could have found out online but I always find it interesting to get your guys opinions rather some random webpage.

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Re: Virtual Machines

hyper-v generally doesn't care about the licensing status of its guests. (remember hypervisors can host "other" operating systems as well.. we host a mix of nix and ms OS'es)

as with most things its up to you as the administrator to make sure you are licensed correctly.
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Re: Virtual Machines

ok, just wasn't sure if there was some built in thing that only let it run a certain amount of v-machines or anything. cool cool.
cheers for the info.
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there are a handful that get picky about it anymore, and they pick up any virtual drive. And you can easily hide the virtual drive but turning it off or using a few programs.
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