Desktop virtualization first steps

There are a number of ways to lessen your learning curve when getting started with desktop virtualization

By , ITworld |  Virtualization, desktop virtualization

  • Lotsa RAM and disk. You can't have enough RAM if you are serious about virtualization. At a minimum, your PC must have 3 or 4GB, and even more is better. Each virtual machine (VM) should occupy its own memory space, so if you plan on running multiple VMs at a time, you need to bulk up on memory. Most desktops these days can easily support 4GB, or even 8GB. Beyond 4GB of course, you will need a 64-bit OS to host your "guest" VMs. The same holds true for disk storage. If you ever wondered how you would fill up a 500GB hard drive, wonder no more. VMs can gobble up storage faster than just about anything, and if you start experimenting with saving different configurations into a series of separate VMs, make sure you have plenty of room to spare.
  • Look at the low-end VM tools first. and both offer simpler tools that can get you started and don't require a lot of skill or resources. Both can produce that portable VM on a USB stick if that is all that you are interested in. For example, MokaFive comes with pre-built VMs that include the Firefox browser and Linux configurations.
  • Run Google's Chrome OS. If all you want is a portable browser on a USB stick, then take a closer look at Google's Chrome OS. It is a very fast browser but not a complete operating system, and not many plug-ins are supported yet for Chrome. Getting it installed is a bit tricky, but it is free too.
  • Pick your host desktop VM product.
  • Start with a bare-bones guest OS configuration and build your VM with this minimal set.

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