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CHAPTER 11: Practicing and Testing in th... > Virtual Machines on the Laptop

Virtual Machines on the Laptop

For some of you who have very powerful laptops, the answer to the question is to run a virtual machine (VM) on your laptop. While that can be a great alternative, there are issues. First is the need for some really heavy (literally and figuratively) iron to be able to run both your regular desktop functionality as well as the VM. The second is getting the right software running. You can’t run Microsoft VMs on client operating systems (such as Vista or Windows 7), so you need to install a server product, which is not ideal for your day-to-day work.

images Note The next version of Microsoft Windows (Windows 8) will be able to support Microsoft VMs.

An alternative is to use a third-party VM tool such as VMWare, but there is a cost for this, and your company may not support the installation of third-party software on their standardized desktop platforms. Finally, you can install SharePoint 2010 directly onto your Windows 7 laptop, but doing experimentation on a system that is deeply integrated with your production (i.e., important) machine can be scary. You need to have it working for all of your regular work: What if you want to try out a new third-party tool that breaks your installation? You have no easy way to roll back from that.


  

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