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MSLinux- HOWTO run a stable enviroment in an unstable one!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by lomfs24, Oct 30, 2004.


  1. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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  2. saber41

    saber41 Guest

    As the title bar says from the pic, that is Microsoft Virtual PC 2004.
    It actually works pretty good. I have several flavors on linux installed on VPC on my WinXP machine.

    Check it out, you can get a free 45 day trial of the software from here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx
     
  3. 0100010

    0100010 Millennium Member

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    Yup MS bought Connectix and then re-released Virtual PC under their own name - it works very well. I use it at work on all of the lab PCs so my agents can pull up any OS their customers have - in case they forget them.
     
  4. NGWT

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    Anybody know if it comes with the MSDN?
     
  5. metallic

    metallic

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    I have access to it through Academic MSDN, so I would assume so.
     
  6. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Yes, but do you have the same control over diskwriting and other permissions?

    Can these virual OSes be hardened from SSH and other exploits like a properly set-up Debian or Slackware install can be?

    I doubt that...but until I have all the data to peruse I won't rule it out.

    I'll just stick with my separate / and /home partitions for now...;)

    What is the biggest advantage to this? I mean, it sounds like you are basically polluting a good Linux kernel by possibly running it in an unsecure environment full of viruses and assorted other malware, not to mention a system afloat in security holes...

    Would this be a detriment to XP in any way? After all, the XP OS is fairly easy to comandeer, and an unsecured Linux kernel can be just as shaky from a security standpoint...

    Though I might try setting up a virtual Smooth Wall OS to access the Web on an otherwise XP box, then route the XP's TCP connection to see the ports I have filtered but left open in SW...seems like that might be a good use for this sort of thing.

    Until then I'll stick to my standalone SW firewall.

    Thanks in advance,

    FastVFR, The Skeptical Kernelhacker
     
  7. lomfs24

    lomfs24

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    fastfvr, you raise some good questions. However, I thought it was kinda cool, unique etc... Other than what one poster said about running several OS's for tech support so that tech could see what the customer is seeing, I cannot think of a single real world application that you would need it or want it.

    Why would I take a machine, load windows on it, and then run a virtual PC with Linux. I can't think of a real world application for it. Other than for brief testing etc...


    Just kinda fun for me to play with.
     
  8. 0100010

    0100010 Millennium Member

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    Yes - full version is available through MSDN.