[hemmerling] Virtual PCs, Virtual Servers, Virtualization, Virtual Computers, Computer Hardware Simulation

80x86 target

Citrix Xen



The Tool
Docker Compose
Online Services
  • The community Docker Cloud - “Share images, automate workflows”.
  • The free online service Sloppy.io - “DOCKER HOSTING CLOUD. Container And Microservices The DevOps Way”, “Hassle-free Docker Hosting for Devs”.

Kernel-based Virtual Machine ( KVM )


Oracle VirtualBox & Vagrant



VMware Server & VMware Player

Official Distribution
Current 64-bit VMware Players
Latest legacy 32-bit VMware Players



Wind8.1Pro / Win10Pro, Win2012 & Hyper-V

The Addon for Win8.1Pro / Win10Pro

The (license-)free stand-alone Server "Hyper-V Server"

  • Microsoft Evalcenter " Hyper-V Server 2012 R2" - “Evaluation Unlimited”, “Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product that contains the hypervisor, Windows Server driver model, virtualization capabilities, and supporting components such as failover clustering, but does not contain the robust set of features and roles as the Windows Server operating system. As a result, Hyper-V Server produces a small footprint and requires minimal overhead. Organizations consolidating servers where no new Windows Server licenses are required or where the servers being consolidated are running an alternative OS may want to consider Hyper-V Server”.


Hyper-V Server
Hyper-V for Win8.1Pro / Win10Pro

Windows Virtual PC / Microsoft VirtualPC

Windows 7 Native Boot of VHD - The "Shift F10" Experience

Windows Virtual PC

Windows Virtual PC - Product Details & Product Requirements

  • Simulation target: PIII CPU, BX motherboard, Trio 32/64 graphics card.
  • Windows Virtual PC 2007 just runs on WinXP, Vista ( and on W2k after patching ).
  • Windows Virtual PC 2009 once just run exclusively on systems running Win7 and which provide hardware-assisted virtualisation by the CPU. This is now obsolete by a fix. Without the fix, there might be the error message

“Windows Virtual PC. Cannot start Windows Virtual PC Host Process. Check the System event log for more details. Windows Virtual PC requires hardware-assisted virtualization. There is no hardware-assisted virtualization support in the system”

  • Supported Windows guests:
    • Windows Virtual PC 2007 on W2k and WinXP supplies “Virtual PC Integration Components” for Win98SE, W2k, WinXP, Vista, Win7.
    • Windows Virtual PC Mode on Win7 supplies “Virtual PC Integration Components” for WinXP-SP3, Vista, Win7.


Windows Interface for Non-Windows OS

Other 80x86 Virtual Machines

Virtualisation Technologies

Backup & Restore

Hardware Support for Virtualisation

Application Virtualization

Sandbox ( no Virtualisation but similar Benefits for Development & Testing )

Virtualisation Selection Criteria: Need for extra 64 Bit Drivers on the Host?!

  • VMWare vs. VirtualPC:
    • With VMWare, on 64bit Windows host computers and 32bit Windows targets running in the emulator using special 32-bit drivers, the host operating system doesn't need special 64 bit drivers for some special devices, e.g. for USB communications. A generic driver is sufficient on the 64-bit host. The communication flow is simply passed from the target to the host :-).
    • With VirtualPC, on 64bit Windows host computers and 32bit Windows targets running in the emulator using special 32-bit drivers, the host operating system needs extra 64 bit drivers, e.g. for USB communications just works if you have both an equivalent special driver on the target and the host :-(.



Forums, Newsgroups

Appropriate OpenDirectory Directory Pages

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