[ILUG] VMWare offer at the moment
jm at jmason.org
Mon Apr 19 17:36:43 IST 2004
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Timothy Murphy writes:
> On Monday 19 April 2004 07:33, jm at jmason.org wrote:
> > But if El Presidente whoever that may be does fancy doing this, please
> > sign me up, I'd love to get a copy of VMWare on this machine.
> As a matter of interest, what is the attraction of VMWare
> to a fine upstanding citizen like you?
> I seem to have missed the point of it.
> Several people have recommended it to me,
> but I've noticed it is always people who drive BMWs.
Well, I don't drive a BMW, more's the pity ;)
1. VMWare can run pretty much *any* x86 desktop OS. In particular, I now
need to get a Windows XP desktop up and running for work, so this'd be a
great way to do it. I don't want to waste money on a second PC when
VMWare is cheaper.
2. for security work, VMWare is ideal, because it allows you to backup and
roll-back an entire machine's state, efficiently, using deltas. So I can
make a backup, install some malicious code and examine it, and then roll
back to a known non-compromised state. It makes a fantastic "goat"
machine in other words.
3. I'm also a big believer in virtualisation as the new interesting
frontier for software... see #1, #2. ;) I'm not sure how much nifty
virtualisation stuff VMWare 4.5 has, but I want to keep track of it.
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