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Old 10-15-2009, 09:41 AM   #1
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Virtualizing Win7 RC1 on Kubuntu/Vista dual boot machine?


I have a copy of Windows 7 RC1 that I have been considering taking a look at, but don't have a machine to dedicate to it. This machine is a Core 2 duo with 4gb and plenty of available HD space. Could I create a virtual machine here and try out 7? Right now it dual boots Kubuntu 9.04 and Vista using Grub.

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Old 10-15-2009, 10:36 AM   #2
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I have a copy of Windows 7 RC1 that I have been considering taking a look at, but don't have a machine to dedicate to it. This machine is a Core 2 duo with 4gb and plenty of available HD space. Could I create a virtual machine here and try out 7? Right now it dual boots Kubuntu 9.04 and Vista using Grub.
Hi

I have sucessfully run this using XEN using an 30GB file for windows.
have run win2008/2003/vista/xp and win 7 this way

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Steve
 
Old 10-15-2009, 11:15 AM   #3
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check that you have VT availabel and enabled - if you already loaded the kvm module - you're good to go, if not - check /proc/cpuinfo for the right flags and the bios for VT-enable option

win7 runs fine on KVM-qemu machines
 
Old 10-15-2009, 01:16 PM   #4
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I have a copy of Windows 7 RC1 that I have been considering taking a look at, but don't have a machine to dedicate to it. This machine is a Core 2 duo with 4gb and plenty of available HD space. Could I create a virtual machine here and try out 7? Right now it dual boots Kubuntu 9.04 and Vista using Grub.
I just did this same thing.

On my Ubuntu 9.04 I used KVM to install Win 7.

Runs great and I've had no problems.

I am in the process of migrating to where I just have one large 1.5T drive with Ubuntu on it and use KVM to host all of my other guest operating systems I use (Vista, XP, Win7).

I don't even dual boot any longer. Just boot directly to Ubuntu and then start a Windows VM if I need it running.
 
Old 10-16-2009, 04:58 AM   #5
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I don't even dual boot any longer. Just boot directly to Ubuntu and then start a Windows VM if I need it running.
I do the same at home. I have however learned from experience, that running several VMs on a single disk spindle is a serious bottleneck, so I built a raid5 on top of 5 smaller drives, to reach 1Tb+ capacity, and have enough spindles to run a few VMs simultaneously
 
  


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