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Which VIRTUAL MACHINE do you use?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Whatthe?, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Whatthe?

    Whatthe? Junior Member

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    pretty much what the titles says.... I'm only running Vista at this time... but also have a XP laptop that I use.

    I haven't used one yet so I don't know any of the pro's and con's of them.
     
  2. skohh

    skohh Regular Member

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    VirtualBox is free but it lacks some of the more advanced networking guis that vmware workstation offers. I would say if you're just using a VM for personal use only I would just still with virtualbox since you can download it and get started right away.
     
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    Cracker100 Registered Member

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    I 2nd that...vmware is the way to go.:cool:
     
  4. Whatthe?

    Whatthe? Junior Member

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    I'll take a look at it skohh.

    Been googlen and found VMware Player
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    http://www.vmware.com/products/player/
    Any one use this one?
     
  5. sdtopensied

    sdtopensied Regular Member

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    I've been using Microsoft Virtual PC for a few years now. It's free and if you're running a Windows box, it's one of the more sophisticated options.

    I've heard good things about VMWare Player as well, but I've never used it.

    -SDT
     
  6. phatzilla

    phatzilla Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Vmware hands down, nothing compares.
     
  7. teeniegenie

    teeniegenie Supreme Member

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    I have both VMWare and Oracle's VM Virtual Box. I prefer VMWare with Linux-Open SUSE. My VM Virtual Box runs Linux-Unbuntu, but Unbuntu drives me crazy.
     
  8. giansim

    giansim Registered Member

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    Hi,

    I use virtual box for a long time now =)

    Gian Sim
     
  9. bigleftie

    bigleftie Junior Member

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    I am using Virtual PC on Windows 7. The virtual machine (VM) is a Windows XP. I found it easy to set up and fairly simply to configure the VM so that you can interact (copy, paste, etc.) with the host machine. If you would like to, you can mount drives from your host machine as well. NOTE: I find that copy and paste is faster.

    Once you have configured your image (including installing all software, making any configuration changes, etc.) you can make a back-up copy of the image so that you can very easily "start over" if your image ever gets infected or damaged somehow.

    Below is a HowToStartOver.txt file I created to remind myself how to start over or make other instances of this virtual image on a Windows 7 OS

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    For creating a brand new WindowsXP VM:
    
    C:\Users\bigleftie\Virtual Machines\WindowsXP.vmcx is created when you choose "Create virtual machine".  It is the file that you "double click" on to start the VM.
    
    Right click on WindowsXP.vmcx and choose Settings.
    In the Settings on the left, choose Hard Disk 1.
    
    Browse and select "C:\Users\bigleftie\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\WindowsXP.vhd".
    
    The .vhd file is the virtual hard drive.  It is the most important file - since new Virtual Machines can be made by simply choosing "Create virtual machine" and selecting the VHD file as the hard drive.
    
    NOTE: WindowsXP.vhd is a fresh Windows XP install with some additional software already installed.
    
    One thing that I haven't been able to figure out is why my Norton Antivirus does not execute my scheduled scans. I have properly configured it to scan daily, but it does not.

    Has anyone else experienced this behavior?
     
  10. Doom101

    Doom101 Junior Member

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    VMware is definitely better.. VBox loses clipboard access randomly for me.. frustrating.
     
  11. ┼blackrat┼

    ┼blackrat┼ Senior Member

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    Microsoft virtual machine.

    Install the "additions". As easy as drag and drop files back and forth between your physical pc and the vm. Capture an OS ISO and install it. save the machine state and never worry back with boot/loading up that damn software that takes ages to load.
     
  12. dev0815

    dev0815 Newbie

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    I use Oracle VM Virtualbox, because it's free and it works under Linux :D
     
  13. en.smartis

    en.smartis Regular Member

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    vmware server
     
  14. MrBlue

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    VirtualBox on Linux.
     
  15. SaraJ

    SaraJ Junior Member

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    I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed running VirtualBox with a version of XP in the virtual machine.

    The combination really works well for me even on an older machine.
     
  16. englandrm

    englandrm BANNED BANNED

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    What are the benefits/reasons for using a vm?
     
  17. tacopalypse

    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    i used virtual pc for a while, and then i started using vmware and realized how much virtual pc sucks comparatively :p

    vmware is not free, but you can just pirate it from any number of public trackers.

    the main benefit over a dual boot configuration is that you can run 2 different operating systems at the same time. your computer will need enough memory to support both though.
     
  18. Twizzler

    Twizzler Newbie

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    I used both VMWare and MS Virtual Machine....
    It has been awhile since using either of them(although I plan on using one shortly as I get more into IM)
    From my memory I prefered VMWare... but please note this was older technology(5+ years ago) I have no experience with the new stuff.
     
  19. Whatthe?

    Whatthe? Junior Member

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    hey... just wondering... for backing up a VM... can I just copy that whole file of the OS... and if need be, just delete the bad one and use the backup one.... or is there more to it then that. If so, please explain.
     
  20. ashik77

    ashik77 Newbie

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    help me setup in vbox ubuntu..i have ubuntu but i was not able to install it..pls tell me step by step......