UBUNTU: VIRTUAL MACHINE MANAGER




UBUNTU:VIRTUAL MACHINE MANAGER

Remember that post, I did about how to fix windows hard drive issue. Scrap that nonsense. Yes, I was wrong. Here is the real deal. Windows, has issues of all kinds. This can manifest itself as the infamous blue screen of death. This can and often just means driver conflicts. Not to mention malware issues and virus issues.

Even so, we still need windows. Its a windows world to paraphrase a saying. So how do we work in such an environment. To put it simply, we need an operating system that is robust enough to adapt to various hardware changes and stable enough to not crash at the first sign of trouble. The only operating system that I have found that meets this need is linux. My distribution of choice is ubuntu.

I installed ubuntu on my laptops a couple of years ago. Ubuntu’s idea of a crash… it boots to a screen with a bunch of older ubuntu distros… you hit enter and it keeps running or it does a hard drive integrity check and you are back in. This is not to say, I haven’t had it lock up but this is usually due to the browser bloat. I have found that by upgrading my laptop that this takes care of it. My laptops typically run me from $50 to $100 so its not a big deal.

Now how does windows handle such things… lets recount an install of windows 64 bit windows 7 professional. Constant blue screens of dead or bsod for various hardware driver issues pretending to be failing hardware issues. After a week of being on windows full blown, I just went back to linux for my desktop pc. I still wanted the benefits of windows. Lets just say this… most of us who have windows its for only a few reasons…
1. certain programs only run in windows.
2. windows is what we are used to.
3. its our gaming console
4. we need it for work purposes or business purposes.

Me, I have reached the point, that I no longer need microsoft office or any other fancy software like photoshop. Most anything, I need I can do it in ubuntu. There is only one reason why someone like me needs… well two…
1. Windows games…
There are a lot of games old and new that I enjoy playing on windows… and frankly that were built for windows.
2. Work
I am a copier tech who is heavily into networking. The environment of choice for the customers that I support is windows. Thats the business environment… It is what everyone uses. So to test drivers and various scanning configs as well as to troubleshoot windows issues regarding copiers not listed and those can and do come up…

So, now that we have quantified the problem, lets proceed to solve it. We need to install ubuntu for its stability and still have access to windows for games and work issues…

My solution was to install ubuntu and then install virtual machine manager / kvm and then run windows as a guest os in the virtual machine manager in ubuntu. It sounds simple but it can take a bit of work to get it right. I have windows xp and windows 7. One of these days, I am going to get around to windows 8, windows 10 and mac os x. Not needed yet as lately there has been less and less of a need to mess with those for customers.

So how does installing guest os benefit you…???
1. If the guest os crashes… you close it and restart or worst case it locks up vmm you open terminal run ps aux then find the virtual machine manager process and kill them one by one by running kill and the process number. Then you just restart vmm
2. you can try out a variety of operating systems without fearing boot sector corruption because they are virtual so its not an issue… and if by some reason you get a really bad infection… delete the frickin guest os and then do a reinstall of it… or the intelligent thing… create an extra install of the guest os so if it gets owned by malware… delete guest and use his already available backup…
3. gaming wise… you can install any windows game in its ideal environment. If you are still having issues look into installing the graphics driver or gpu pass-thru but typically its just going to be that the game is unstable… believe me I know…
4. business wise… I can’t stop singing its praises… lets say that you have a program that your business needs desperately… but you are not comfortable on windows or its just not compatible with the latest version of windows… use my setup and run the windows it loves and then run it in that windows. Just take appropriate precautions for storage…

Thats one of the beaut of this setup… you can create storage thats accessible from linux and if you are so inclined accessible from your network… heck… you can network the guest os like its… its little pc… if you want…

Now for the drawbacks of using this setup…
1. windows may run a bit slower… for games this may be an issue… some games might not work in this setup… either by nature… they are just crap when it comes to running on windows period or they need unique configuring for this environment in which case you might have to consider wine or even having to go to a windows machine… or rather a machine that runs windows in a more stable way… I haven’t found that I needed to do that…

2. if you aren’t familiar with commandline then this is not for you… stick with windows… if you are not the god of pc projects this could be daunting. If you don’t like to research linux issues into the wee hours of the morning or you are not a linux god or know a couple of divinities… not for you…

I think I have rambled on enough… below is a playlist of how to setup your own guest os on ubuntu. I have also listed some interesting setups…. have fun you demented soul you…

 

UBUNTU: VIRTUAL MACHINE MANAGER SETUP AND GUEST OS IMPLEMENTATION


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