A Look At Windows Server 2008

Working with Virtual Machines

After you have configured the necessary settings, the virtual machine is ready for use. The next step is to install the guest operating system. Optional settings regarding performance or behaviour, for example the boot device order, the number of processors the virtual computer should have, and the maximum workload of the machine, are also available.

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Since the virtual machines are primarily used in server environments, there are separate configuration options telling the VMs what to do when the host system starts up or shuts down. This allows the virtual machines to save their current status (similar to a normal Windows PC’s hibernate functionality). When the host system has restarted, guest systems can be restored to their previous status, including all open and running applications.

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You can either install the guest system from a CD/DVD or from an ISO image. The guest system felt very snappy without requiring any additional tools. Thus, the VM doesn’t feel as “sluggish” as those of the direct competitor, VMware.

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