What do you run a Virtual Machine for?

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  1. Ahheck01 macrumors 6502

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    I installed Windows 7 beta in VMWare Fusion on my new aluminum macbook. It's pretty cool how seamlessly it works within the OS and spaces.

    But what do you guys use your virtual machines for? How often do you have it open? What OS do you use?

    -Evan
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i use it for xp and project 64 haha

    and the occasional windows app such as ones i used to have to use for school
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I run Office 2007 on Vista through Boot Camp and VMWare Fusion

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. clancemasterj macrumors regular

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    I run xp for FruityLoops Studio and Team Fortress 2.
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I like to mess around in Linux. I have Ubuntu Desktop and Server installed in VMware right now. The only thing I really use Windows for is gaming, for which I have to reboot anyway.
     
  6. M.a.r.k. macrumors member

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    i'm also doing the office 07 work in windows, and lately i had to play a little with sharepoint, which ms made that way to only function good with the internet explorer -> windows needed
     
  7. TH-Gunner macrumors regular

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    I just mess around with Debian. That's it.

    With windows, I use visual studio C++ (for school) and Sim City 3000. That's it.

    I've found programs for OSX for every other thing I need.
     
  8. JNB macrumors 604

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    XP & Server 2K3 for Oracle-based enterprise commerce applications that I provide training on.

    Win7 just because.
     
  9. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

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    XP, Netbackup 6.5.2 (because the Java client sucks), VMWare Virtual Infrastructure Client (soon to be released on OSX), Project 2003, SQL Server Management Studio, I use OSX in the enterprise so I have to use Windows for these things. At home thought never use it not even once since I bought my mac almost 2 years now.
     
  10. tdevers macrumors regular

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    Office and Visual Studio. I dislike professors who do not take other platforms into consideration, especially ones that flat out say they hate Apple. :eek:
     
  11. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

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    I dislike people that don't take other platforms into consideration. I am surrounded but them too since I am the only person in the IT department running OSX.
     
  12. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    I have XP on my mini for light gaming and I have Windows 7 on my macbook just to play with.
     
  13. killerwhack macrumors regular

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    Quickbooks

    The mac native quickbooks is .... not very good.

    The Windows quickbooks is vital for business.
     
  14. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So, I'm beginning to think there isn't much functionally beneficial unless using the mac in the office, or for light gaming. Anyone else?
     
  15. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

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    I use one as a web browser. I wipe it out once every few days. If it gets compromised it doesn't matter, there is no data of value on it.

    I also use them to validate that web pages render correctly in Windows, OSX, and Linux.

    I also prefer Outlook to Entourage so I use a Windows VM for that, too.
     
  16. superwoman macrumors regular

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    I have 3 VMs: A Windows XP, an Ubuntu Linux, and a Darwin.

    The Windows XP VM for Office, especially Outlook. There's one function in Outlook that I can't find anywhere else: editing membership of email aliases on Exchange servers.

    The Linux VM for web surfing and software development.

    The Darwin exists solely for me to copy it's software onto my AppleTV. Stuff like wget, screen, vim etc. Yes, they work.
     
  17. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I run a virtual machine of XP on my Vista64 workstation for programs that require XP. That's about it.
     
  18. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    bahahahahaha yes i am with you!!

    for uni i have do some projects with winblows, so i have to fire it up when im at uni (doing a Bachelor of IT)

    some games aswell, like Rune, SC2000 etcetc.
     

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