"Kajbre" <someone@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Besides the initial setup of VM environment I'm also wondering how to
> install Visual Studio 2008 in virtual environment.
> Which one would make more sense:
> - Install VS 2008 on the x64 XP Pro (which will be the host op sys)
> - Install it on XP Pro 32-bit guest VM
Either. Visual Studio.NET 2008, just like any other piece of software, will
have not the slightest notion that it's being and installed and then
subsequently running in a virtual machine - it has absolutely no need to
know this, as it makes no difference whatsoever... I mainly run Visual
Studio.NET 2008 on my development machine, but also have it on several VMs
mainly for support of legacy systems.
> I should start developing an application for .NET environment, and the
> application should be able to interface with TWAIN based scanners. Will
> this cause problems when using virtual machines?
Ah... If the scanner has a serial interface, you should have no problem as
serial ports are emulated in virtual machines. However, if the scanner has a
USB interface, a VPC VM won't be able to work with it, as USB devices are
not supported at all. The only exceptions to this are USB devices which can
be emulated. E.g. USB mice and keyboards attached to the host can be used by
a guest because they are emulated as PS/2 devices, and USB storage devices
(e.g. memory sticks, external hard drives etc) can be used through standard
networking protocols. Since there's no emulation for scanner devices,
however, you're almost certainly out of luck with this type of device.
Therefore, you'll need to either run Visual Studio.NET 2008 on the host, or
use another type of virtualisation product e.g. VMWare which supports USB
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