Here’s a collection of virtualized system applications and perspectives.
Me? I’ve been running Windows Virtual PC almost exclusively at work and home. Why? Well it seems to play sufficiently well with the Windows-based virtualized OS’s I use, test, and tweak. Couple that with the added USB-support in the latest iteration of Virtual PC and I have the tools—and supporting utilities—I need to get my work done.
However, I might have to seriously reconsider that position after reading about the newest features in VMWare Player
- VMware Player 3.0 Now Can Create Virtual Machines And Support Aero in Windows 7 - Windows 7 hacker.
- 7 Reasons Why I Prefer VMware Player over Windows Virtual PC to Run My Virtual Machines on Windows 7 -Windows 7 hacker.
- EasyVMX!: Virtual Machine Creator.
- VMware Player with your own Windows XP Professional Virtual Machine – John Bokma - MexIT.
- VMware Player tips and tricks – John Bokma - MexIT..
- VMLite XP Mode Overview. - VMLite
- Using XP Mode Without Windows Virtual PC in Windows 7 - Windows 7 hacker.
- VirtualBox - VirtualBox 3.1.2 (released 2009-12-17). Supports x32 and x64 bit systems and the latest releases have included not just stability and bug fixes but added new feature sets as well including snapshots, migration support, USB improvements, and drive-management enhancements.
- USB Architecture in Windows Virtual PC – Windows Virtual PC blog. Pretty cool read on how VPC is able to access and connect to the physical USB devices and ports.
- The different ways to compact a disk - Virtual PC Guy’ WebLog – good tips and background on VHD file management.
- XP Mode in Windows 7 without Hardware Virtualization – interesting Boot-Land forum thread on XPLite application.
Other stuff for sysadmins and techies
- The Deployment Guys : Creating a SID Mapping File with Windows PowerShell. Geeky fun.
- Understanding the Windows Pagefile and Why You Shouldn’t Disable It - Lifehacker. Good and lighter reading on Pagefile issues and concepts.
- TOOL: “WhoCrashed 2.00” – A 3rd party Windows 7 compatible utility for understanding what driver/module caused Windows to fail – Kurt Shintaku’s Windows Live blog
- WhoCrashed, automatic crash dump analyzer – Introduction page from developer Resplendence Software.
- SanityCheck, Advanced Rootkit and Malware Detector – also spotted from Resplendence Software. Supposedly scans and detects rootkits and malware. Free. Offers not just raw results but attempts to provide a report with explanations of “…any irregularities found and offers suggestions on how to solve or further investigate any situation.”
- SoftPerfect Network Scanner: fast and free network scanner – updated to version 4.4.3 for all modern Windows platforms in both x32 and x64 bit flavors. Please see the Changelog for details. I like keeping this small but powerful single EXE file app on my pen-drive.
- FavBackup – freeware – allows you to back up and restore your web-browser settings on Windows systems. Supports IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Flock. What is extra nice is that it is “portable” and supports “portable” versions of browsers, not just installed versions/profiles. Flexible for us portable application fans. There are lots of other great freeware tools out there that can do the same thing. Not sure yet if things brings anything new or amazing to the crowded table.
- Why Office 2010 won’t support Windows XP 64-bit. – ArsTechnica.
"For the Microsoft Office 2010 release, we will not support Windows XP 64-bit," a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed with Ars. Upon further inspection, we also noticed Windows Server 2003 support was missing. "For the best productivity and user experience, the benefits of 64-bit computing with Office 2010 is best experienced by utilizing the newly introduced 64-bit version of Office 2010 with Windows 7 (64-bit) or Windows Vista (64-bit) version." In short, Microsoft does not think the experience will be good enough on its previous operating systems.
So there you have it.