How to make the software testing more effective with Virtual Server


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Some of these particular qualities are involved not only in Virtual Server, nonetheless they are extremely helpful.

Contemporaneously Virtual Machines: A lot of Virtual Machines can run at the same time, and all of them will run on one Virtual Server. It will go on while the RAM is available to support it. This can be useful if you are doing different tasks during the day (test runs, test development, bug investigations). So you can have more machines than you actually have to perform all of these tasks.

Web Interface: This is really comfortably to let other users to access to your virtual machine, as well as log into various Virtual Servers from one machine (if you rarely access into one of your machines, you can just access the Virtual Machines it’s hosting through the web interface).

Imaging is becoming even better: If you’ve already tried a lot of various solutions for working with multiple OS’s on the same machine (Power Quest Drive Image, dual/triple boot), you will find out that this is by far the most effective. It is very quick to switch between machines (because they can run contemporaneously), it’s also excellent for exploiting a broad array of OS’s available at your fingertips, even if you don’t have the RAM , which can be running round the clock. And when you’ve done dirtying up the machine with your tests, then you just have to simply go back to the “initial“ state.

Fully Exploiting Processors: During testing, you can make test runs, which only exploit one processor, even if you have a dual proc machine. If you also have several various “flavors“ of this run, where various configuration options are set. You can totally use the second processor by having the runs running on particular Virtual Machines using Virtual Server. Virtual Server (and the OS) take care of the load balancing for you (although there are options to adjust this feature).

Cancellation of Disks: It’s as easy as ABC to provide updates to the Virtual Machine. Easy move back to the “initial“ state, make your updates and inform Virtual server to make undo disks. Now your “initial“ state has the newest updates. Maintaining a drive image with the latest updates is much more complicated.

VM’s Library: You can develop even Virtual Machine library, where you can easily copy a zip file to your machine, unzip it, make a few config options and everything’s is done! That’s great if you’ve got yourself a new Virtual Machine. To increase the amount of your savings by everyone who exploits the Virtual Machine library, and it’s easy to recognize how virtual machine technology can help your bottom line.

Here are some issues that you may dislike in using Virtual Machine:

Lost Changes: It may happen, that after rebooting the machine, there’s a period without power, all the stuff that you working with may be lost. After this happens you will start your VM and everything will be at the “initial” state again. As you can understand, that may be totally dreadful thing depending on what you’re doing.

Too Simple: I listed that it was simple to provide updates to the “initial“ state. If it happen to you to accedentally click on the wrong item in the menu, than your “initial” state was now not so initial. In this case you will have to destroy the Virtual Machine and begin from scratch.

Anyway, the benefits you will see far outweigh the limitations.

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