How To Set Up Virtual Machine In An Hour

Virtual Machine

When you buy a computer, you will use it for some dedicated tasks. Your intentions can be either personal or business; however, a time comes when you need your machine to function is a different way than its current operating system is configured to behave. At this point, you have the choice of buying a new machine or creating a virtual machine within your current physical machines. The latter option is affordable and less time consuming. This guide shows you how to set up a virtual machine in an hour.

1. System Specifications Of Your Computer

First, you need to check the system specifications of your computer. Your processor and memory must meet the minimum requirements of the virtual machine that you wish to create. You can use other software that work as diagnostic tools to check compatibility or you can opt to get the same information from the vendors of the OS and software you wish to run on the virtual machine.

2. Preferred Virtual Machine Software

Search on the Internet and download your preferred virtual machine software. Read terms of use and instructions then launch the installation. Provide all the relevant information such as your current machine details and the location to store files of the virtual machine. Allocate your physical resources adequately so that your two machines have enough resources needed for their common functions. Name your virtual machine appropriately, so that you do not forget where to save files in the virtual file system. For the hard disk, you will have an option to allocate a fixed space within the available physical hard disk space. You can also opt for a dynamic expandable disk that will grow in size to match the virtual machine demands.

3. Install The Software

After you are done with installing the virtual machine software, proceed to input your new OS installation media. In the virtual machine software, choose to initiate OS installation by selecting the right media where you placed your OS disk. Follow normal installation instructions and complete the process.

4. Window Size Management

Your virtual machine software lets you manage the size and other basic functions that separate the virtual machine window from the rest of the windows in your primary machine. Use its dedicated keys or graphic user interface to alter window size such as moving it to full screen.

5. Install All Needed Programs

Once you have installed the OS, you may proceed to install programs to your virtual machine. Though you will use the media input options available in your physical machine, you will still have to specify the media source on the virtual machine depending on how you named it during your installation. Congratulations on reaching this point, you will now be running a functional virtual machine.

By following the steps outlined above and being extra careful with the installation procedures, you will have your virtual machine running in an hour’s time. You are now free to bring up your OS dependent programs or initiate the tests that you might have wanted to carry out in your virtual machine. The steps above give you a properly configured physical machine that will not mess up your virtual machine in case you switch it off.