Terry Klarich terry at klarich.net
Thu Dec 25 05:27:41 UTC 2008

Does anyone know if it is possible to run a guest OS from it's own partition?  I would like the best of both worlds.  It would be
nice to bring up windows with out rebooting.  Othere times, it would be nice to devote the entire machine to windows such as when I
am converting aa files to mp3's.

On Wed, 24 Dec 2008 14:23:15 -0800you write:
>On Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 5:14 AM, Rob Harris <robh at apearl.net> wrote:
>> Can any one pass comments or advise on VM, requirements, accessibility, and
>> how straight forward to set up this would be.  I do mean running Linux as
>> primary OS and sliding Win2k into a VM from there.  I know nothing of this
>> technology yet;   so any advice including a good read that will make it all
>> clearer would be appreciated.  Great project for the season.
>I'm running WinXP as a guest atop Kubuntu 8.04 using Virtual Box,
><http://www.virtualbox.org/>. Had tried VMWare Player, but it's far
>more difficult to set up a new virtual machine if no one has put one
>together for downloading (wouldn't happen with a proprietary OS). Plus
>Virtual Box is open source but VMWare definitely is not. So you can
>build Virtual Box from source if you need to. The download page lists
>two packages for Mandriva, 2007.1 and 2008.
><http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads>. But those packages
>are for i386 Mandriva, so you may need to build from source.
>Can't rate Virtual Box on accessibility; I'm sighted. End user
>documentation is linked from this page.
><http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/End-user_documentation>. The
>documentation tends to be a bit sketchy. No step-by-step instructions
>to speak of and it isn't always clear whether they're discussing
>controls in the host OS, the guest OS, or the VM app.
>Installing the "guest additions" is a good example. The guest VM has
>to be created and running   before a "Device" menu springs into
>existence in the Virtual Box app and provides the installer. But
>installing the guest additions is poorly documented; I had to post in
>the user forums to learn how to install them. And without the guest
>additions, you can't begin to set up access to the host's partitions.
>And unfortunately, that's the step that is the most poorly documented,
>where the assumption that you already are intimate with both operating
>systems is at its zenith.
>One thing I like about Virtual Box is that you need not burn the guest
>OS to a CD in order to install it. It can install the guest OS from an
>ISO image. That saves some steps and makes it fairly easy to create
>multiple virtual machines.
>A tip from my local LUG mailing list on running any virtual machine.
>Locate the virtual partition on a second physical drive if you have
>one. That saves a lot of hard drive read/write head thrashing that you
>get if you're running both the host and guest on the same hard drive.
>There are still other packages for running virtual machines but I
>haven't tried them.
>> Any complications there might be using  a 64bit version of Mandriva on a
>> 64bit system and running a VM of "in2k under that.  I've no interest in
>> dual-boot or trying to run them in parallel. Running VM might well feel like
>> that precisely of course, but  I'll see what you all say.
>Virtual machines definitely are a big improvement over dual-booting.
>Single keystroke switching between host and guest OS. But you can't
>run the VM without running the host OS. The crucial steps are creating
>a partition for data that can be shared/accessed between the host and
>guest. Emailing data to yourself as attachments with a web mail
>service  like Gmail or using a remote backup service is a poor
>work-around but can get you by while you're getting things set up. .
>Cross-platform apps are definitely a big plus when running a virtual
>OS. Data is kind of useless if you can't load it in an app on the
>particular OS you want to use at the moment.
>Hope this helps,
>Universal Interoperability Council
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