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Vmware Workstation Portable


I want to know that is it possible to create a fully portable virtual machine using any of the VMWare like products? My objective is to create a virtual machine (XP as guest OS), install some app in it, put the vm in a usb2 drive (performance is not a matter), and run it in any windows os (xp, vista, 7) without installing anything in host, using any host account (admin, guest, limited).Is it possible to do that using any vmware like product? If possible then which one is my best bet?




Vmware Workstation Portable



VMware Workstation Pro is the premiere, portable virtualization application on the market today. An IT professional running multiple operating systems in one place benefits from its scalability and rich feature set. Whether you are a developer testing code on various operating systems or you are a helpdesk support member testing functionality at different patch levels, this is the virtual app for you. Developers can quickly spin up instances to support client needs. Leverage VMware Workstation Pro during the test and QA phases of your application lifecycle.


Many of the world's biggest PC manufacturers certify their laptops and desktops for Ubuntu, from ultra-portable laptops to high-end workstations. Ubuntu certified hardware has passed our extensive testing and review process, ensuring that Ubuntu runs well out-of-the-box. Our partners also offer select devices preloaded with optimised Ubuntu images.


Zack's traveling demonstration solution is incredibly well through out, and at a price point well beyond anything TinkerTry can tackle. You see, this VMware employee has made himself a 4 node cluster that's dedicated to doing amazing customer-facing demos of SDDC, versus my home lab that is very much a dual node cluster, where one node goes on the road (or plane's overhead) with me doing live demos at various user groups, while the other node stays home with real data on it, and sometimes even doubles as my Windows 10 workstation too.


VMware ThinApp provides application virtualization.[10] ThinApp is able to execute applications without them being installed in the traditional sense by virtualizing resources such as environment variables, files and Windows Registry keys. The virtual environment presented to the client is a merged view of the underlying physical and virtual resources, thereby allowing the virtualization layer to fool the application into thinking that it is running as if it were fully installed. ThinApp does not have any pre-installed components and does not require the installation of device drivers allowing applications to run from USB flash drives or network shares without ever requiring Administrator rights. ThinApp converts standard application installers such as .msi files into self-contained EXE files which includes everything required to run. Also it is able to scan a system before and after an application's installation and create a portable executable based upon changes made to the systems files and registry. Unlike self-extracting ZIP files, ThinApp does not extract files to disk or require system registry changes in order to run applications. ThinApp versions released after 5.2.3 drop support Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and later.[3]


You can also choose to control backups of virtual machines differently by performing cold backups of virtual machines as well. Check out the Live vs. Cold Backups, With or Without VMware Snapshots -should-i-back-up-vmware-workstation/ KB from BackupChain:


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Update July 13, 2012: You can download the VMware Workstation 5.5 Disk Mount Utility here.


Earlier, I blogged about attaching VHD images and WIM files, so it is only fair that I introduce a tool that allows you to mount VMDK (Virtual Machine Disk Format) images. VMware's format is certainly one of the most commonly used imaging formats these days. The VMware DiskMount GUI is not, despite its name, a VMware tool. It is a DEVFRAM product, and simply consists of a graphical user interface for the command line tool VMware DiskMount (vmware-mount.exe), which is a part of the free VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit. As such, you have to first download and install this toolkit before you can use the VMware DiskMount GUI.


When you first launch the VMware DiskMount GUI, you have to tell the tool where to find vmware-mount.exe. If you installed VMware's toolkit in the default folder, then you can find it under C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit\bin\. The DiskMount GUI supports all of DiskMount's command line parameters, including those for remote virtual disks (ESX Server and VirtualCenter).


The VMware DiskMount GUI appears to have an option for overriding this snapshot setting. However, when I tried the feature, vmware-mount.exe just answered with a list of available parameters. My guess is that older versions of VMware DiskMount supported this feature, but newer ones do not.


The best mobile workstations offer the kind of power you would only expect to see in robust desktop PCs and the best laptops. But they are also trimmed enough to be easily used on the road. As internal components such as GPUs and CPUs have gotten smaller, so have the laptops equipped with them. Fortunately, this also applies to these portable workstations, which have been called lighter and thinner while providing more performance than their predecessors.


Thanks to all the power they contain, you can use these portable desktop PC replacements for several applications. So, whether you need something that can keep up with the best business laptops or do some video editing without breaking a sweat, one is more than capable.


All that power and their reliability also mean that you should get quite a few years of use out of them before having to upgrade, making them an excellent value. And some of them can go head-to-head with some of the best desktop workstations available.


One of the most powerful mobile workstations out there, the Gigabyte Aero 17 (2021) comes with a lot of power, a gorgeous display, and a whole lotta ports. Best yet, it is priced well below its less-powerful rivals, making it a better proposition even if you have a more flexible budget. It is not by any means perfect. The battery life could use a bit of a boost, for example. But, for how much you are paying and for the other things you are getting in return, it is a minuscule sacrifice.


The ThinkPad T-series is a no-nonsense design with a focus on robustness over style. Even so, the T460s (opens in new tab)' 18.8mm thickness is within 1mm of the MacBook, and it's actually lighter at 1.4kg. It's not as powerful as some of the workstation laptops in this list, but it's not as expensive either, which makes it a great choice if you're looking for an accomplished workstation laptop for less hardcore workloads, while also keeping to a budget.


There are a couple of basic questions you need to ask yourself before choosing a workstation. The first is simply to think about the work you need it to support. Do you need fantastic graphics performance, or to analyze huge data sets in hours, rather than days? Do you need to be able to do a range of tasks concurrently? Which applications or operating system are you relying on?


Reliability is another key factor in choosing a workstation PC. Imagine that you are in a hospital environment analyzing CT scans: your computer needs to run 24/7 all year round and must never fail. Likewise, a NASA astronaut in a space station cannot ever take the risk of having their computer fail due to system crashes, component breakdowns and sluggish performance.


We analyzed numerous specs, like CPU, RAM, graphics, and storage, to determine what kinds of users the workstation would be best suited for. We considered how many connectivity ports the workstation had, whether the fan was noisy, and if the laptop would get hot with prolonged use.


Whilst Virtualbox can access virtual disks in .vdi, .vhd and .vmdk format, VMware player or workstation supports only .vhd- and .vmdk file format. From time to time people asking me, how to convert a Virtualbox .vdi file to a .vhd or VMware .vmdk.


In this Q&A somebody mentioned, that Virtualbox comes with a tool that works well under Windows. And someone else mentioned a graphical tool will do the conversion. After a bit of experimenting, I found out, how to convert Virtualbox .vdi files in a comfortable manner. It requires Virtualbox or VMLite workstation.


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