Tag Archives: VM

P2V: Converting a Windows 10 Physical Installation to a Virtual Machine: Internal Methods

Summary I had developed a Windows 10 installation that I wanted to convert into a virtual machine (VM). This post describes several ways in which I tried to do that. An earlier post discusses external physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion methods. External … Continue reading

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Lubuntu in VMware Player: “The system is not connected to the Internet”

I was installing Lubuntu in a virtual machine (VM) in VMware Workstation Player. Lubuntu booted up. Its desktop offered an icon, “Install Lubuntu 20.04 LTS.” I double-clicked on that. It said, “Welcome to the Lubuntu installer.” Then, a moment later, … Continue reading

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Ways to Convert a VirtualBox VDI to a VMware VMDK

At this writing, VirtualBox and VMware Workstation Player continued their long dominance of the consumer virtual machine (VM) market. The problem of the moment was, how can I convert a VDI file (used in VirtualBox) to a VMDK file that … Continue reading

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Running DoubleKiller in Wine on Ubuntu 21.04

As described in another post, I was setting up an old computer to function as a file comparison and text indexing station. In Windows, my preferred file comparison scheme involved Beyond Compare, for making sure that the target drive contained … Continue reading

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Attempting to Create a Minimal Ubuntu System

For posterity, this post describes several semi-failed attempts I made to create a small Ubuntu system, before finally finding that a minimal installation option was available within the regular desktop Ubuntu ISO. Another post provides the details on the approach … Continue reading

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Cloning and Renaming a Virtual Machine for VMware Player

As described in another post, I was working on a project that would try to use one VMware virtual machine (VM) as a virtual USB drive in another VM. To assist in that project, I wanted to make a renamed … Continue reading

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Types of VM Interloper: ISO, Physical or Virtual USB or CD Drive

Summary It was hard to make a good image or clone of a running Linux virtual machine (VM) because, unlike Windows, Linux did not have a Volume Shadow Copy capability. The image or clone might be unable to make a … Continue reading

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V2P: Converting a VMware Player Linux VM to a Physical System

A previous post examined ways of converting a Linux virtual machine (VM) running in VirtualBox to a physical installation (V2P) running from an actual drive. This post revisits some of the key methods discussed in the previous post. There are … Continue reading

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V2P: Converting a Linux Virtual Machine to a Physical Installation

Note: a later post offers a boiled-down (and in some ways improved) version of this one. See also the Summary, below. Contents Summary Introduction File Format Options Setting Up the VirtualBox VM Possible Solutions INTERNAL SOLUTIONS Using Clonezilla – Background … Continue reading

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Installing and Configuring an OSBoxes Ubuntu 21.04 Virtual Machine

As discussed in another post, I was exploring the possibility of converting a Linux virtual machine (VM) to a physical installation (a/k/a V2P). For that effort, instead of installing my own Linux installation from scratch, I decided to experiment using … Continue reading

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An Acceptable Ubuntu 21.04 Installation

I had been playing with Linux since sometime in the 1990s. For a few years, I had even used it as my primary operating system. As this blog and its predecessor indicate, I had repeatedly sought to set up Linux … Continue reading

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Tweaking a Peppermint Linux Virtual Machine

As described in another post, I was interested in setting up a virtual machine (VM) running a Linux version (commonly called a “distribution,” or “distro” for short) on a Windows 10 host. I was particularly interested in distros that might … Continue reading

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Using VMware Player to Enhance Windows 10 Security

This post describes my experience of setting up VMware Workstation Player 15 to run a virtual machine (VM) that would handle most of my computer’s online activities. As detailed in another post, the VM would provide a relatively strong barrier … Continue reading

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Converting a Virtual Machine from VirtualBox to VMware

As described in an earlier post, I had created and configured a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM). That VM was actually a physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion — that is, a virtual version of a Windows 10 installation on a physical host computer … Continue reading

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Setting Up VirtualBox to Enhance Windows 10 Security

Despite concerns relating to Windows 10, I had decided to make Win10 the cornerstone of (that is, the native, host, underlying, physical installation on) a security-aware desktop computer. I had preferred Windows 7, but for security purposes its day was … Continue reading

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Trying Microsoft’s Canned Downloadable Windows 10 VM

I was exploring virtual machines (VMs) that would run Windows 10. Against a separate post describing how I created a Win10 VM from a physical Win10 installation (commonly known as P2V), I wanted to compare one of the preconfigured Win10 … Continue reading

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Best Free Virtual Machine Benchmarks: Comparing Two VirtualBox VMs

As described in two other posts, I had configured a prepackaged Windows 10 virtual machine (VM) from Microsoft, and I had also created a Windows 10 VM through P2V (physical to virtual) conversion. I wondered how the two VMs would … Continue reading

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DNS Server Isn’t Responding in VirtualBox: No Internet Access

I was using a Windows 10 virtual machine (VM) on a Windows 10 host system. As described in another post, I had set up a USB filter so that the VM could go online while the host would stay offline. … Continue reading

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P2V: Converting a Windows 10 Physical Installation to a Virtual Machine: External Methods

I had Windows 10 installed on my desktop. I wanted to create a virtual machine (VM) from it. For this purpose, prior explorations had inclined me to favor VirtualBox over VMware Player. The process of converting a physical installation to … Continue reading

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A Test Run of the Qubes 4.0 Operating System

As part of an exploration of security in Windows 10, I came around to the possibility of enhancing security with the aid of virtual machines (VMs) that might use Linux; and it didn’t take long in that realm to encounter … Continue reading

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Deciding Against Parrot Linux for a Security-Oriented Virtual Machine

As part of a larger project of enhancing Windows 10 security, I was considering the option of using a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM) as the place where I would use a different and perhaps more secure browser for some of … Continue reading

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Creating and Using a Legacy IBM OS/2 Virtual Machine in VirtualBox

As detailed in another post, I was using VirtualBox to run virtual machines (VMs) in Windows 10 Pro x64 1903. I had long held some idle curiosity about what it would be like to see my old OS/2 installation from … Continue reading

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Trying to Convert a Windows 10 OEM Physical Installation to KVM

As described in another post, I had a Windows 10 (version 1607) installation on an Acer laptop. I wondered whether I could use Microsoft’s Disk2VHD to convert that physical installation to a virtual machine (VM) that would run in KVM. This post … Continue reading

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Deciding Which and How Many VMs to Run in KVM

As described in another post, I had set up a Linux Mint Xfce (LMX) 18.3 host system on my Acer laptop. I chose LMX in the belief that its simplicity would maximize the resources available to my virtual machines (VMs) … Continue reading

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A Windows Power User Configures Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3 on an Acer Laptop (Long Version)

In a previous post, I expressed the view that the Linux community could only make Linux dominant on the desktop by ceasing its attempts to compete with Microsoft for ordinary end users, and instead concentrate its limited resources on attracting … Continue reading

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Setting Up a Basic Linux Mint Xfce 18.3 System as a KVM Host (First Cut)

As discussed in earlier posts, I had decided to find, install, and configure an operating system (OS) that would serve as a stable long-term host system for running virtual machines (VMs) in KVM. To that end, I tried Linux Mint … Continue reading

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Creating a Bootable ISO from a Bootable USB Drive

This post begins with an explanation of essential concepts (e.g., ISO, bootable USB, multiboot). After that introductory material, there is a detailed explanation of the USB to ISO (sometimes rendered as USB2ISO) process. Contents Preliminaries The Mission at Hand Using … Continue reading

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Returning to Linux, Seven Years On

On New Year’s Day 2011, I wrote a post titled “Farewell, Ubuntu.” It said that, after several years of trying Linux, I was returning to Windows. That made sense at the time: Windows 7 was turning out to be a … Continue reading

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Using VirtualBox to Run Software When Windows 10 Won’t

Note: this is the long version. The Summary has a short version. Another post may eventually provide a more detailed short version. Contents Summary Introduction VM Software Options for Choosing and Installing the Operating System Windows 7 Licensing and Activation … Continue reading

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Windows 7 Licensing: A Few Questions and Observations

As detailed in another post, I was in the process of developing a Windows 7 virtual machine (VM). While researching various aspects of that process, I saw a number of statements about Windows 7 licensing. Those statements provoked me to … Continue reading

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Understanding VirtualBox Snapshots

Contents Introduction Summary Testing Snapshots Merging Changes Back into the Original VM . Introduction VirtualBox was a widely used and appreciated free tool for creating, configuring, and using virtual machines (VMs). This post discusses snapshots in VirtualBox 5.2.6. The VirtualBox … Continue reading

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A Windows User’s Plan for Creating a Linux Mint System

(This post summarizes the situation I faced in summer 2016, as I wavered between Windows 7, Windows 10, and Linux Mint. I did not publish it at that point because some related posts were not yet finished.) As detailed in … Continue reading

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A Linux Mint 18 Virtual Machine to Replace Windows 7

I was in the process of transitioning from Windows 7 to Linux. For reasons provided in another post, I decided to try doing most of my work in a Linux Mint virtual machine (VM) in VirtualBox, rather than in the underlying native Linux installation. … Continue reading

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Converting an Acronis TIB Drive Image to a Virtual Machine

Contents Summary Converting an Acronis TIB to VHD Creating a VHD via Disk Management on a Windows 7 Computer Creating a VHD via Disk Management on a Windows 10 Computer Creating a VHD via ATI 2011 Conversion Option Creating a … Continue reading

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Installing Google Earth in a Linux Mint 18 x64 Virtual Machine

As described in another post, I was installing programs in a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM) running Linux Mint MATE (LMM) 18. Google Earth (GE) was not cooperating. This post describes the steps I took to troubleshoot it. The Recap at the end provides … Continue reading

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Installing and Configuring VirtualBox in Linux Mint

I was configuring a Linux Mint Cinnamon (LMC) 18 system to serve as host to virtual machines (VMs) via Oracle VirtualBox. This post describes the steps that I took to install and configure VirtualBox, so that I could start using … Continue reading

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Windows 7 Apps in Linux: Wine; Cameyo/ThinApp; VM vs. Native

I was in the process of transitioning from Windows 7 to Linux. I had identified a substantial number of Windows programs for which I would be seeking Linux alternatives. As described in a separate post, I did not find good … Continue reading

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Cloning a Windows 7 VirtualBox VM – Avoiding Activation Problems

Contents Background The Problem Solution 1: Before Installing Windows: Configure the Original VM Solution 2: After Installing Windows but Before Cloning: Edit the .vbox File The Reinitialize Option Solution 3: After Making the Clone: Edit the .vbox File Solution 4: … Continue reading

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Creating a Clean, Basic Windows XP VM in VirtualBox – Overview

A previous post offers a detailed description of the process of creating a clean Windows XP virtual machine (VM) in VirtualBox. This post summarizes the steps in that process. Readers are encouraged to consult that other post for additional detail. … Continue reading

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Creating a Clean, Basic Windows XP Virtual Machine – First Try

As described in another post, I needed to set up a basic Windows XP virtual machine (VM) in Oracle VirtualBox, so as to have a place to use Cameyo. This post presents the steps I took to that end. A … Continue reading

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Trying to Run Adobe Acrobat 9.5 in Linux via Wine

This post describes my attempt to install Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.5 (i.e., not Adobe Reader) in Linux Mint 17.3 via Wine. This attempt reflects at least some improvement in my understanding of Wine, following long and sometimes frustrating earlier attempts to use … Continue reading

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Choosing and Using a Virtual Machine Program, Part 1: Running Linux Mint 17.3 as Guest

Contents Introduction Choosing a Virtualization Program Trying to Configure a Prepackaged VM in VirtualBox Trying to Install Linux from Scratch in VirtualBox Trying to Create a New VM in VirtualBox Considering VMware as an Alternative Reconsidering KVM Using VMware on … Continue reading

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