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Which VM (Virtual Machine) is best for IM programs?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Sente, Aug 10, 2011.

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What VM is the Best?

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  2. Sandboxie

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  3. VirtualBox

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  1. Sente

    Sente Junior Member

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    I bought a new PC. An i7 Dell. I'm a Mac convert so I really never had to deal with viruses. So I am thinking it might be advantageous to run things like ViperSEO or ScrapeBox in a sandbox on the PC.

    What would you recommend to use?

    And what version of Windows? XP?
     
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  2. Xyz01

    Xyz01 Regular Member Premium Member

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    Mac? I recommend VMWare Fusion, I heard it's great.

    Otherwise give VirtualBox a go - they both have "desktop integration" which means you can see the program inside the VM like it is on your desktop.
     
  3. Sente

    Sente Junior Member

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    I used VMware when I had a Mac. It was good but slow. But I really don't know if that was because of VMware, my Mac (4 years old!) or just the nature of running virtual machines.
     
  4. valeriovaz

    valeriovaz Newbie

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    I use Paralells. It's fast and integrates on the Mac OS easly. Never had a problem.
     
  5. Sente

    Sente Junior Member

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    Uh, I think I am confusing you guys. I bought a PC. What VM on a PC?

    BTW, VMware is MUCH better than Parallels on a Mac. Parallels does all sorts of shady stuff to run on a Mac.
     
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    Xyz01 Regular Member Premium Member

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    Ohhh, sorry. I thought you meant "mac convert" as in switching TO Mac.

    For Windows I recommend VirtualBox 100%. If you have issues, try VMWare Workstation - but VirtualBox is free and their new versions are fantastic! I have an i7 with a 6990 + 16GB RAM and can I run multiple environments for testing my scripts quite easily with VirtualBox.
     
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  7. Sente

    Sente Junior Member

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    LOL! :D

    I am the one with the identity crises. I'm a PC. I'm a Mac. Crap. I'm a PC again. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Mises

    Mises Junior Member

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    I'd say virtualbox as well. And for OS do you mean on the vb? If so, I'd suggest XP.
     
  9. scopezero

    scopezero Regular Member

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    voted , vm ware , the best i have used
     
  10. xhpdx

    xhpdx Regular Member

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    I'd say go with virtualbox. Does the same stuff vmware does, but it's free.
     
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    saifi2649 Power Member

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    im using Virtual Box now, bit fast compare to VMware virtual machine
     
  12. judson

    judson Power Member

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    Another vote for VirtualBox, although I use it on a Linux host to run both Windows + other Linux VMs

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    I was going to add that you should load up on RAM for your machine. More RAM will do wonders for the speed of your VMs than a faster CPU if you are already in the i7 family.
     
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  13. Sente

    Sente Junior Member

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    Are you guys picking VirtualBox because it is better or faster... Or just because it's free?
     
  14. Biggles

    Biggles Registered Member

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    Another vote for VirtualBox here.

    My 9-5 uses a lot of VM tech and a lot of Macs. My testing on Macs showed VirtualBox to be faster than Parallels in the past, so it's my choice for a VM on a Mac. On a PC, VMware Workstation was my product of choice for years, but VirtualBox has gotten so good that it's probably the better choice as it's free and it saves the hassle and worry of downloading cracks if you're not going to actually buy VMware Workstation.

    An i7 will have no problems with anything you throw at it, there's various chip level technologies now that help with VMs that were missing from processors even just a year or two ago. Sadly mine is one of them...
     
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    johndea Regular Member

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    For VirtualBox and VMWare, do you need a Windows DVD to use it? I think so.

    Also, have you considered running your software on a windows VPS?
     
  16. dromero

    dromero Newbie

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    VMWare Player is great, and free!
     
  17. antsaoo

    antsaoo Supreme Member

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    You can download windows from torrent for example in image.

    I have used VMware, if you need use some kind of usb devices with the machines virtualbox is just too much pain in the ass.

    Also if you have up to date anti virus and some brain you won't be getting any more viruses with PC than with Mac

    Bottomline, Get vmware workstation.
     
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    kkvsam Senior Member

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    I use VMWare and sometimes virtual PC.
     
  19. tshin810

    tshin810 Junior Member

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    I voted for VMware.

    Is ViperSEO a brother of VenomSEO?:D
    I am using windows 7 and venomSeo running flawlessly on my OS.
     
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