New section needed?

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Daniel
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I think we should add a section for virtual machine errors and virtual machine questions

it would include Virtual machine apps like

-VirtualBox
-Vmware
-Parallels
-Hyper-V
And more
 

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Not a bad idea! I'm not sure we have enough posts to warrant it, but it does seem like an important of category that it might make sense anyway. I'm eager to hear what others might think.
 
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I agree, but that that section name should be generic like "Virtualization" to also include all aspects of virtualization not just virtual machines.

ex:
- virtualization based security
- browser sandboxing etc.

However not many questions like these seem to be posted :unsure:
Maybe if such section would exist it could attract new members to post them? IDK.
 

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I did a quick search and there have been 19 new threads with the word "virtual" in their titles in the past 24 months which is more than the previous year. It might be good to dedicate a forum to them because I never really know where they fit and the ones in the results of my search are all over the place, some are in the OS, some in All Other Software, some in Hardware, etc.

But I don't think it should include Sandboxie. I prefer to see Sandboxie in the General Security forum.

Bleeping Computer has one for "VM Machines and the programs used to create them" including VirtualBox, Huper-V, VMware Workstation and Parallels.

I also wonder where Zoom fits in because it's for virtual gatherings. I usually put those in Web & Email but it's an application so it can also go in the OS forum or even All Other Software I suppose. I don't know if that can be incorporated into the VM Machine forum if one were to be created.
 

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I don't think Zoom would fit into this particular category, but thanks for pointing out what Bleeping is doing! I think that sounds like what we want.
 

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I don't think Zoom would fit into this particular category, but thanks for pointing out what Bleeping is doing! I think that sounds like what we want.
I agree with Mike zoom wouldn’t fit into this category but I think with the popularity of virtualization software these days a thread dedicated to this topic would be a good idea
 

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a thread dedicated to this topic would be a good idea
I take it you mean a forum as that's what you suggested at the beginning. Or if you really mean a dedicated thread I think that would be too complicated to assist several people in one ongoing thread. It looks like this conversation sort of ran stale due to lack of input. I'm sure Mike would still be open to creating a new forum.
 

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I take it you mean a forum as that's what you suggested at the beginning. Or if you really mean a dedicated thread I think that would be too complicated to assist several people in one ongoing thread.
Yes I meant forum
 

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I think this is definitely worthwhile from the perspective of helping users trying to keep old operating systems up and running for legacy software support.

From a personal perspective: one of our departments had a really old DOS-based version of FoxPro, and they needed to keep it running for access to historical data. It would only run on XP, so I used VMware's vCenter Converter (see here) to create a virtual machine from the physical one, install VMWare Player on the user's Win 10 machine, and then attach the new virtual machine so they could still access the database.

I think it definitely presents an opportunity for teaching, and that's never a bad thing.
 

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We use VMs regularly with our small business customers to help keep systems separate and make for easy full-OS backup/restores. My only concern is that I hate to have new users overwhelmed with so many forums, unsure of where to post. Perhaps we should make better use of sub-forums... but maybe that's a topic for another thread. :)

Anyone care to suggest a title and description for a new VM forum?
 

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As a couple of examples, Bleeping Computer calls theirs "Virtual Machine and VM Software" while Tenforums calls theirs simply "Virtualization". so perhaps a combination of the two such as "Virtualization/Virtual Machine/VM Software"?
 

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I don't know enough about it to suggest a description so I'll defer to those who do. :)
 

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