Virtualizations are not limited to Computer platform only. With ever growing hardware power of the mobile phones and complex smaprt phone OS platform, Virtualization companies like VMware is moving towards pushing mobile virtualization to mainstream for corporate users.
Take a look at the demonstration video of VMware to understand the power and potential of Mobile Virtualization for IT companies and their employees.
This is a very interesting and new concept which may change the way we use our phones for official requirements.
If you using Windows Virtual PC with your Windows 7 computer and have updated your Windows 7 to Windows 7 SP1 (Service Pack 1), then its time for you to get the updated Windows Virtual PC application.
This new updated installer has been released to accommodate few extra features coming with Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
Download the Windows Virtual PC -> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=2b6d5c18-1441-47ea-8309-2545b08e11dd (Both x86 and x64)
We have already seen the benefit Virtualization and implementation of it. From Servers (Hyper-V / MET-V) to desktop (App-V), virtualization is giving users wide range of options to play with.
Some times system admins (in server environment) or desktop users (home / small business) may need to play / test certain things in their live systems, while not messing it up. For them, it becomes a need to make a bootable copy of their physical running OS and run it in virtual environment for the said task.
That brings up the most important question.
How to to turn a physical / host OS (Windows) in to a bootable VHD format (Virtual / Guest OS) ?
One of the easiest and free to use software is Disk2vhd. Simple under 1MB software lets you create a usable VHD of your physical OS.
Daemon Tools (Free / Paid)
Daemon tools is one of the oldest and widely used software in this category. There are 2 versions of this product available, as both free and paid-ware. Supports Windows XP / Vista / 7 (x64/x86).
Since the time they have started to sell a paid copy of the product, the free version has started to pack some bloatware like browser tool bars and certain add-ons. However you would be presented with options under custom installation to install the software without these add-ons. Where as the paid versions allows you to create 32 virtual drives supporting Blue-Ray also.
Microsoft is aiming to bring virtualization under mainstream computing via couple of its up coming products.
Windows Virtual PC along with Windows XP mode and MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization) are among those products by which Microsoft is aiming to provide both home and business users the ability to utilize the power of virtualization.
The main force behind this move is a basic question which comes up every time when we get a new operating system. That is, application compatibility. Users find it difficult to afford the cost to upgrade / update their existing applications to make them compatible with the new OS hence adoption of a new OS becomes problematic.
Previously, we have seen that since Windows 2000, Microsoft is running their Windows Downgrade Rights programs to allow users to obtain and downgrade to a previous version of OS. However, with up-coming Windows 7 we can all rest assure about the application compatibility issue.