Paragon Virtualization Manager 12 Compact 3 day giveaway

Bill Mullins finds some of the best deals.   Go over and read his article and see how to get this software for free! (Limited time)    With our class working with virtualization in several different areas, this article explains and links to information about virtual computing.

Thanks Bill!

Also thanks Mick! I missed Bill’s article and it will truly benefit the class!

VirtualBox Gadget to monitor your virtual machines

Need to monitor your virtualbox operating systems? vBox Gadget for Windows monitors the performance of each virtual machine.


Oracle Releases Another New Version of VirtualBox VDI – Virtualization – News & Reviews –

Oracle Releases Another New Version of VirtualBox VDI – Virtualization – News & Reviews –

Oracle’s VirtualBox 4.1 includes several new features, but the main one is a new virtual machine cloning facility, which adds a lot more functionality.

The ABCs of virtual private servers, Part 1: Why go virtual?

If you’re tired of the hassle of maintaining your own server hardware, either locally or co-located, then a virtual private server may be for you. Ars looks at some of the main contenders, and at the advantages of going virtual.

via The ABCs of virtual private servers, Part 1: Why go virtual?.

VirtualBox 4

Oracle’s VirtualBox 4 offers more changes than ever.  With rework done on drivers, the VirtualBox Manager and dozens of other changes; VirtualBox is a great tool to run other operating systems in almost any environment.  VirtulBox now offers a live preview of the running operating systems when managing other VMs.

CloudShare gives users hands-on experience for free

Dawn Babian is truly one of the best researchers in IT.   On Sunday, she found CloudShare while we were considering training with cloud computing.   As cloud computing grows, CloudShare Pro offers an excellent self-service cloud platform that allows users and businesses to run full enterprise applications on demand.   With CloudShare, individuals, SMBs and enterprises can create virtual data centers where they can develop applications, use the operating systems for proofs of concept or even train with the live operating systems.

With benefits that include -

  • Up to Three Virtual Machines that are fully licensed.  Many of the NOSs come with preinstalled applications.
  • Operating systems and applications include-
    • Windows Server 2003 R2 R2 Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2003 R2 with Oracle 11g
    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 64 Bit
    • Windows Server 2008 with Active Directory
    • Microsoft Workstation OSs
    • CentOS 5 and CentOS 5 with KDE or with MySQL or even RubyOnRails
    • Xubuntu 8.xx Desktop
  • File Sharing that is as easy as “Drag and Drop”
  • Ability to send invitations to peers or customers
  • Ability to create a Multi-VM networked environment

How much does it cost?  Free

These basic services are fully-licensed, fast, easy to operate and setup along with many other benefits to anyone.

For a more robust computer with more functionality, CloudShare offers CloudeShare ProPlus for only $49 month and has other services for Enterprise businesses.


During the initial registration, a simple form is provided and an email link is sent to your email.  During the verification process, you will put in your  number to have a text sent to you.  Once you receive this SMS (text message) verification code, you can begin to create a new environment. 

With a wide selection of operating systems including workstations and network operating systems with applications, you simply select the type of virtual machine you want and provide a Machine Name and Description for your machine.

Once you fill out this information and select to add the machine, CloudeShare only requires you click Finish and Run.

Once your are inside of your home page, you can start the Virtual Machine and begin working with the Environment you created.

When starting your environment, there will be a small delay during the creation process.  Your browser will require a small plugin that installs flawlessly on Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 9 prior to viewing your cloud operating system.

Once the operating system started I was truly expecting a delay and was surprised to see how smooth and responsive CloudShare performed.   CloudShare appeared to be almost as fast as an installed virtual computer.

CloudShare is an excellent way to learn cloud computing and a better way to collaborate and share information with students, staff, customers or your own business IT personnel.  CloudShare truly deserves a kudos on their technical expertise in the ease of setup.    Their website is concise and easy to understand with information on all of their services.  The performance of their virtual operating system was truly amazing considering the smaller size of allocated resources on the CloudPro product (1024 mb and 20 GB Hard drive -varies based on OS).   Using and setting up the virtual machine and the many features included with this service is simple.  Because of their well designed website and vast amount of information from guided tours, whitepapers and other info; CloudShare makes it easy for anyone new to cloud computing.

After we appeared in ComputerWorld magazine (“IT Embraces a New Leaner Lifestyle“) in September, we have educated our classes on how IT can be pushed to do more than ever and how the ROI on infrastructure investments will play a key part in the global economy today.   Cloud Computing can save money in the long run and allow your company to expand dynamically instantly.

Campus Technology Magazine’s 5 Higher Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2011 says Cloud Computing is No. 1

Update – After installing another two computers Windows Server 2008 and Xbuntu, the true power and flexibility of CloudShare can be seen.

All computers running and very responsive.  Check out CloudShare

Look for our future article on Cloud Computing Security.

Kaviza Adds IPhone, IPad, Android to Virtual Desktop Package – PCWorld Business Center

So what does this mean?  Corporate and business computing is changing, allowing mobile devices to become even more useful.

Kaviza Adds IPhone, IPad, Android to Virtual Desktop Package – PCWorld Business Center.

With New i7 processors and AMD Processors – Use Go Virtual

Although the free version or Paragon’s Go Virtual is for non-commercial use, this application is an excellent product.  It requires you to load VirtualPC, VMWare or Oracle’s VirtualBox on a computer.  Once loaded, all you have to do is Load Paragon’s Go Virtual on the computer you want, run through the wizard and it will create a VDMK file (a virtualization of the OS you are using).  Once the file is created, you can run through the New Wizard setup on your Virtualization software and point to the file and you then have your operating system virtualized.  With a 32 bit or 64 bit version available, this software will work on nearly any computer.


  • Full Windows OS Support
  • P2V (Physical to Virtual) Migration
  • Migration without rebooting Windows – Hot processing of locked (in-use) hard disks lets you migrate a computer without rebooting and interrupting Windows.
  • P2V Adjust OS by troubleshooting startup problems.
  • Smart Driver Injector
  • Performance – Paragon Go Virtual is nearly 20% faster than other utilities
  • Selection of virtual hardware
  • Migration of offline systems
  • Allows you to have a backup of your operating system (virtually)
  • Test software and tools

With my system, it took approximately 45 minutes to create the virtual file.  Here are some screenshots.

Run VirtualBox from a Portable Drive

If you need to take VirtualBox with you, you can use a portable drive to operate the OS of your choice.   This is an excellent way to demonstrate virtualization or to use in a programming situation where a program is being designed for a a specific operating system.

Download Portable VirtualBox

In order to run VirtualBox on a portable drive, you will need Portable VirtualBox (Not Sun Supported).

Download this program and extract it to your empty portable drive. (Make sure you have a 2+ GB drive.  Your operating system will have to fit on the drive also)

Download or create an ISO for the operating system of your choice.  You will need to download VirtualBox or you can use Portable VirtualBox to download VirtualBox.

Once you extract the program, navigate to the portable drive and start the program. Navigate to the full version of VirtualBox you downloaded or use Portable VirtualBox to download the VirtualBox (the program is large and could take several minutes to download)

Once the program is downloaded to your portable drive, you can start the program using Portal-VirtualBox.exe

Files Needed (Below Picture) – In this picture, I elected to download VirtualBox and VirtualBox Portable.

After double clicking on the Portable VirtualBox installation, navigate to your portable drive.

Extracted Program Files (Below)

Main Menu (Below) – Portable-VirtualBox.exe started

(Make your selections and navigate to your downloaded VirtualBox program.  Remember you can use the Download button.  I downloaded VirtualBox first as seen in the first picture.

The VirtualBox files will begin to expand to your portable drive.

Extracted VirtualBox (Below) – Use Portable-VirtualBox.exe to start the program which is found outside of the folder below.

Click here for more information on the installation of VirtualBox including tweaks, troubleshooting, exporting and teleportation of VirtualBox from one computer to another.  Don’t forget to check out AMD vs Intel Quad Core Shootout.

Clone VirtualBox with a GUI Interface

So you have the right setup for your Virtual Operating System and you need another OS added to your Virtual Computer.  This software does that in minutes and lets you know the progress.   After completion of the clone, open VirtualBox, Click on New, walk through the wizard and attach the hard drive (clone you created) and you are done.

Cloning your VirtualBox is easier than the command we listed in an earlier post this week.  There is a GUI interface someone created to do just this.

  • Reads VDI,VHD,VMDK or RAW, writes VDI.
  • GUI Interface.
  • A CLI interface if you want
  • Ability to discard unused blocks from the clone (no need to run SDelete/zerofree first).
  • Ability to enlarge the maximum size of a virtual disk.
  • User choice to either keep the old UUID or generate a new one (this identifies your VM).
  • Diagnostics about the original source VDI, including the partition map and the fileystem.
  • A Progress Bar

Link to Download

Export in VirtualBox

Exporting an installed operating system that has been configured in VirtualBox is easy.    After an operting system is installed and configured with programs, this is called an ‘applicance’.  Exporting the applicance shrinks the OS and its applications.    Why would you do this?    If you had another site or you were moving the ‘applicance’ between servers.

Click on File – Export Appliance -  Select a path and name your applicance.  This is time consuming and resource intense.    To import, follow the above steps of starting VirtualBox and select import applicance.

The exported file is approximately 50% of the size of the original OS.  Also the import will appear to do nothing for a few and then the (10 minutes or so of hard drive activity) suddenly the progresss moves quickly.