On 2/7/2009 09:57, Jeff wrote:
> Please forgive the very basic questions but I'm new to the Virtualization
> I would like to create a virtual machine and be able to take it with me. My
> goal is to install a virtual machine on a Seagate FreeAgent GO and take it
> between work and home.
> Is this possible with Virtual PC 2007? Can I move a VM stored on a USB
> drive between two or more host PCs that are not identical?
> To be clear, I would like the VM to always reside on the external USB drive,
> not on the host PC.
> Thanks in advance for your advice.
Yes you can do that. The only thing that you will notice is
that it is extremely slow since it is running over USB.
There are three things that I do that help it run slightly
1) Allocate 512MB or more (preferably 1GB) to the VM if the
host machine has that much RAM available.
2) Turn off the paging file since swapping to disk when your
running from USB is so slow.
3) Set the size of the VHD to fixed. I do this because my
portable drives get used heavily and are pretty fragmented
after about 3 - 4 days. By allocating the full size of the
VHD, when you do your defrag of the USB drive, the VHD is
all put in one place.
C.Joseph Drayton, Ph.D. AS&T
CSD Computer Services
Web site: http://csdcs.site90.net/