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What sort of hardware are you all using to test? We have a desktop that takes swappable drives that we can image different versions of the operating system on. But I was wondering what the "new" way of doing things was? The new Virtual PC's? If so, what hardware are you using. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Re: Hardware question?
I've used MS Virtual PC and VMWare. Both work well and I've never had any issues with problems during testing. If you have enough RAM in your system, you can bring up one virtual image with the server-side and another with the client-side and never have to clutter your personal OS with installs or have many different physical test machines. With VMWare, going back to a clean installation is as easy as clicking 'revert to snapshot' and you're back to a clean OS or at whatever point you last saved in minutes. I would probably only use swappable harddrives when performance was an issue or specific hardware was a primary test factor. To run Virtual machines, you need enough RAM for your host computer plus additional RAM for each Virtual machine. I.E. 256MB for the host plus 128MB for 2 VMS for a total of 512MB would a decent low-end test platform but this will vary depending on your memory requirements. I've had up to 8 VMs going on one system at the same time.