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 ispy
post Sep 13 2008, 08:56 AM
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Hi folks (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) ,

With portability in mind not only can you carry your favourite programs around on a USB2 pen drive or External laptop USB2 HDD why go to all the trouble of trying to make your Pen Drive etc Bootable when you can carry your favourite OS with you in your pocket, Leech off the host OS, surely it cannot be done?

Well have you ever considered a FREEWARE portable virtual machine & here are just a few alternative to help you out, (I don't know how long the links will last so grab em whilst you can)
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=640
& here: http://www.davereyn.co.uk/download.htm
portable virtualBox 32 bit http://www.file-upload.net/download-109947...-32Bit-.7z.html
Portable 32 & 64 bit http://www.file-upload.net/download-109944...-64Bit-.7z.html
Bochs VM allegedly portable: http://bochs.sourceforge.net/
MokaFive has a freeware version but you will need to sign up for it though see here:
http://www.mokafive.com/solutions/solutions-overview.php
One user on a web site wrote:
I have recently discovered a portable version of QEMU available to run on any Windows machine without running an installer (and therefore not requiring admin privileges). If one of these were to be run from a user's machine, how can it be determined what physical machine it's running on? & where can you get it? From Here:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2007/03/26/po...t-ubuntu-linux/
the file is called QKUB.exe for puppy Linux.
You want a windows version of "Qemu" try here:
[1 further note Make sure to grab a hold of the allinoneqemu.exe file, Complete QEMU executable for Windows]
http://sci.cnb.uam.es/Services/ftp/sic/qem...-217+R/?C=N;O=A
& last but not least what about MojoPac they advertise a free version
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,...escription.html

Commercial:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMware_ThinApp
& many "others Google is your friend" seek & you shall find!

I found this list of tables for Virtual Machines helpful & informative:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_virtual_machines

Also what about this little gem from Slashdot:
Hey, Incase you don’t read slashdot? You can use QEMU-img.exe to create VMDK(VMare virtual disk files meaning you don’t need to download the browser image. Also I think this will create files that can be used as ide drives.
Quick and easy:
1 Download the the vmplayer
2. create a vmdk disk file like this:
qemu-img.exe create -f vmdk
3.Create a vmx config file. Here are the basic options you need:
config.version = “8″
virtualHW.version = “3″
memsize = “128″
ide0:0.present = “TRUE”
ide0:0.fileName = “DiskFile.vmdk”
——-TO BOOT AN ISO———-
ide1:0.present = “TRUE”
ide1:0.fileName = “c:debian.iso”
ide1:0.deviceType = “cdrom-image”
———————————–
OR
——-TO BOOT CDROM———–
ide1:0.present = “TRUE”
ide1:0.fileName = “auto detect”
ide1:0.deviceType = “cdrom-raw”
———————————
floppy0.fileName = “A:”
ethernet0.present = “TRUE”
ethernet0.connectionType = “nat”
usb.present = “TRUE”
sound.present = “TRUE”
sound.virtualDev = “es1371″
displayName = “Debian 1″
guestOS = “other24xlinux”
nvram = “debian1.nvram”
scsi0:0.redo = “”
ethernet0.addressType = “generated”
uuid.location = “56 4d f3 a5 03 8c cb b9-ed bb 8f 10 a3 de b0 10″
uuid.bios = “56 4d f3 a5 03 8c cb b9-ed bb 8f 10 a3 de b0 10″
ide1:0.autodetect = “TRUE”
ethernet0.generatedAddress = “00:0c:29:de:b0:10″
ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = “0″
checkpoint.vmState = “”
tools.remindInstall = “TRUE”
ide0:0.redo = “”
Now just run up the vmx file in the player. Boot the cdrom/iso and install the os as usual.
EasyAs!

Alternative "Why Not make your OWN VIRTUAL MACHINE, surely I'm joking right! SEE POST #5 below after MokaFive info!

ENJOY!

All the Best,

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 sanbarrow
post Sep 14 2008, 09:32 PM
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The portable VMware version linked here is definetely no Freeware. It is a Thinstall-package and as such it is not free and it also includes a license for Workstation 5. In short - this is warez
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post Sep 14 2008, 10:59 PM
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Hi sanbarrow (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) ,

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The portable VMware version linked here is definetely no Freeware. It is a Thinstall-package and as such it is not free and it also includes a license for Workstation 5. In short - this is warez


Oop's sorry! Amended post & removed link. My appologies!

R&R,

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 sanbarrow
post Sep 14 2008, 11:15 PM
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That guy who made it should have created it without license - then it would still allow creation of VMs with the workstation-GUI- you just would have to run them in VMplayer - which is included in Workstation but needs no license.
The package itself was interesting - I thought thinapps could not handle kernel-drivers ?

Anyway - it is easy to run Workstation 5.5.8 on PE - in latest MOA you can switch from versions 5.5.8 to any of the 6.0.* versions at boot.
I run Workstation 5.5.8 out of a 10 MB wim-archive. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)
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 ispy
post Sep 15 2008, 08:41 AM
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Hi sanbarrow (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) ,

Well I have done a bit more research & maybe able to provide a part replacement freeware to VMWare, here's the details:

MokaFive LivePC Engine makes use of VMware Player as a virtualization platform, but includes additional features such as automatic updates of virtual machines, streaming and caching of virtual machine images, integrated backup, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics support, and zero install when running from a USB drive.

What are the components of MokaFive’s offering?
MokaFive is offering their technology in two ways, a MokaFive Professional Solution and a Free MokaFive Express Solution. Both versions contain the MokaFive Creator and MokaFive Player. Both versions allow the creation and playing of virtual desktops. The Professional Solution goes one step further by providing the tools to create a MokaFive Service that allows an organization to stream MokaFive LivePC’s and administer how those LivePC’s work.

See here: http://www.mokafive.com/solutions/solutions-overview.php

Will add it to the list!

Alternative "Why Not make your OWN VIRTUAL MACHINE, surely I'm joking right!

Virtual Machine

I have one program (game) that my daughter loves and will NOT play on XP or Vista. It is Babyz and was released 1n 1999 for 95/98 computers. I have an old 98 computer, but am afraid the hard drive will die and and leave me stranded.......

If your XP computer has at least 512 MB of RAM, there may be a better option than multi-booting. A virtual machine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_machine) will allow you to run 98 at the same time as XP.

98 will actually think that it is running on a real computer all by itself. A bonus is that Windows 98 drivers are available for the virtual hardware.

But before setting up a virtual machine, first, find out how much RAM is free for use:

Reboot the computer.
If needed, log in and wait until the hard drive light stops blinking, or the Windows hourglass disappears (we want to give Windows enough time to load all of the programs that are set up to automatically load at startup).
Press [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Del] keys at the same time.
In the dialog box, click the "Task Manager" button.
Click the "Performance" tab.
In the "Physical Memory" section, note the number for "Available".
According to the minimum system requirements for Babyz is a Pentium 166 MHz or faster, 32 MB of RAM, 300 MB of hard disk space and 800x600 with 256 colors. When your daughter is playing her game, it’s unlikely that anyone else will be using the computer. If the amount of available memory is 128 MB (128,000 K) or more, that will be enough. Anything less might slow the computer down too much.

Next download and install the free VMware Player 2.0:

http://vmware.com/products/player/

VMware provides excellent documentation for installing and using VMware Player, so rather than embarrass myself by trying to explain it, please see the following manuals:

http://vmware.com/pdf/vmware_player200.pdf
http://vmware.com/pdf/GuestOS_guide.pdf

Unlike VMware Workstation (not-free), VMware Player can’t create virtual machines. EasyVMX is a handy web-based tool for creating the necessary configuration file:

http://easyvmx.com/

Take the "Super Simple" wizard and change the default settings to:

operating system: Windows 98
memory size: 96 MB
disk size: 700 MB

You could opt to keep the default disk size of 4.7 GB, but it’s not really necessary unless you need to install more games in addition to Babyz. Keeping the disk size at 700 means it'll be very easy to burn the virtual machine to a CD as a backup.

Once you have the configuration file (it has a .vmx file extension), the rest is pretty easy:

Insert the Windows 98 installation CD.
Double-click the .vmx file for your virtual machine. By default, the virtual machine will boot up and look for a bootable CD.
Follow the Windows 98 setup wizard to format and install 98 to the virtual machine's virtual hard disk.
After Windows 98 is installed. Eject the CD and reboot.
Insert the CD for Babyz to start the installer.
There are some optional steps including installing optimized drivers and add-on tools for VMware (aka. "VMware Tools"), but those are required to get a running virtual machine. VMware Tools is highly recommended though for the best experience. It makes the virtual machine run more efficiently and supports features including copy and paste, time syncing, disk shrinking, etc.

By the way, "THE VIRTUAL MACHINE IS VERY PORTABLE". You can copy/move the virtual machine simply by copying/moving the files. VMware Player is also supported on Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Mac OS X and Linux, so your virtual machine with Babyz can easily be moved to other computers later on.

I think that, skirts around Portable VMware very nicely!

Oh Wee I Luv this stuff, Have Phun!,

or ENJOY!

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 sanbarrow
post Sep 15 2008, 03:24 PM
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Hi ispy
I would recommend to use Workstation instead of VMplayer. If you don't want to buy it - run it without license.
Then you can create new VMs much easier as with easyvmx. You can also create and manage snapshots ... and some more things ...

You just can't run the VMs in the Workstation-GUI - but you are able to run them in VMplayer - which is installed already if you have Workstation.

Ulli

By the way - you can run VMs directly from CD/DVD if you prepare this while creating the CD/DVD. If you are interested I will explain in depth

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post Sep 15 2008, 06:59 PM
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Hi sanbarrow (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) ,
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I would recommend to use Workstation instead of VMplayer. If you don't want to buy it - run it without license.
Then you can create new VMs much easier as with easyvmx. You can also create and manage snapshots ... and some more things ...

Sounds like a promising alternative sanbarrow!

The thing is will your proposal facilitate a portable, preferably freeware solution, if not it might be better putting that kind of guide in the "tutorial" section as this is the "Portable forum", do you see what I mean?

I think users would find what you propose, both informative & helpful in my humble view!

Also as a generic question to everyone, which VM alternative do you think is the best in terms of cost, preferably freeware, Most efficient in usage & the least size, &/or overhead in memory consumption etc.

Regards & Best Wishes,

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post Sep 15 2008, 07:44 PM
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Hi ispy

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Also as a generic question to everyone, which VM alternative do you think is the best in terms of cost, preferably freeware, Most efficient in usage & the least size, &/or overhead in memory consumption etc.


At the moment I would say that Sun xVM is the best freeware VM - followed by VMware Workstation without license. Workstation installs about 650 MB but you can easily rip that down to about 50- 100 Mb.

Have you seen my post about Sun xVM ?
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/?showtopic=5214

I think with another batch to clean up after use - you could handle Sun xVM as if it were a portable app.
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post Sep 15 2008, 08:15 PM
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Hi sanbarrow (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) ,

Mr Sanbarrow! my appologies LOL! Point taken!
QUOTE
I think with another batch to clean up after use - you could handle Sun xVM as if it were a portable app.

Snapshot before & after cleanup routine why do you like Sun xVM?

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post Sep 15 2008, 08:43 PM
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Hi ispy (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/cool.gif)

why I like Sun xVM ? - I like all apps that can be used on PE without needing a plugin or .script

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