Virtualization is all the rage. With good reason – this very cool technology, if used correctly, has the power to control malware intrusion through the use of a ‘”virtual” environment, rather than operating in a “real” environment.
But, running in a virtual environment, provides an opportunity to do so much more than simply building a buffer between you and the bad guys. Program files, data files, and application directory structures can all be stored on a Virtual Disk Drive.
So, what can you do with Virtualization Manager 12 Compact? As it turns out – quite a lot. To avoid any confusion – this application is a “Virtualization Manager”. You must have virtualization software such as, Oracle VirtualBox 4, Microsoft Virtual PC, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, already installed.
Usage Scenarios – From the site:
Scenario 1: Use different operating systems on one computer.
Virtualization allows parallel use of several incompatible operating systems on one computer. You can run Windows, Linux, Mac OS X inside of virtual machine on one host machine.
Scenario 2: Continue using your old PC’s applications – enjoy your favorite applications in a virtual environment on your new computer.
When it’s time to upgrade to a new PC and operating system, you may find that some of your favorite applications haven’t been updated yet to work with it. Using Virtualization Manager 12 Compact, you can make a virtual clone of your old system before migrating to a new computer. Take advantage of an up-to-date powerful computer while still having access to favorite applications from the old computer.
If your old computer is corrupted but you have a backup image of your old system made with Paragon software – you can virtualize it using Virtualization Manager installed on your new PC.
Scenario 3: Safely evaluate new software.
New software can be unintentionally harmful to your computer. You can easily avoid negative system conflicts by creating a virtual clone of your current physical system using Virtualization Manager 12 Compact.
Try new software in a safe environment and decide whether it works and is exactly what you need before making it a permanent addition to your collection. If changes made on a virtual machine were successful you can just migrate your updated system from virtual environment to your PC.
Scenario 4: Make a system bootable on different virtual environment.
Virtualization Manager makes your system bootable when migrating to new hardware by automatically injecting the required drivers in your operating system. If you unsuccessfully virtualized your system with a 3rd party tool and it became unbootable, the problem can be resolved with Virtualization Manager.
I have not tested this application extensively (just heard about this free offer this morning) – but, I have installed it and taken it for a quick run. Based on my initial impression I’ll give it high marks for ease of setup, and ease of use. The bottom line – a reasonably solid virtualization manager.
Here’s a quick run through:
In the following example I’ve chosen to create a virtual disk.
Clicking on this choice opens the “Create Virtual Disk Wizard” as shown below.
I’ve set the initial size at 5 GB using Microsoft Virtual PC. You can download Microsoft Virtual PC – here.
Done! How hard was that?
System requirements: Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), XP Professional (32/64-bit), XP Home.
Supported Virtual Machines: Oracle VirtualBox 4, Microsoft Virtual PC, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion.
This giveaway offer expires April 20th, 8 am (GMT-4).
How to get Paragon Virtualization Manager: Go to the Paragon Facebook page – click the like button – follow the instructions.
Here’s a sample of the process.
Special thanks to regular reader Delenn13 for the heads up on this free offer.