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    What is VirtualBox?

    Has anyone used VirtualBox on a cc3 network

    someone has told me about it being good but i dont what it is?,what it does?. also can this be put on a cc3 network

    cheers


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    Virtualbox is a virtualisation product similar to VMware and Microsoft virtual server/PC, a key differance is that it is open source.

    look here
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    Could this be installed onto a cc3 network

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolmandj View Post
    Could this be installed onto a cc3 network

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    yes probably, you could create a package. do you have a need for it? Ifso, what do you plan to use it for?

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    Maybe if pos to use it on the application wizard computer. so after each package i make i dont have to reimage the computer. Would this work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_nath View Post
    yes probably, you could create a package. do you have a need for it? Ifso, what do you plan to use it for?
    It depends how you want to use the software for, if you need the virtual machines to talk to your network you need to install aditional drivers and possibly alter some of the network configuration on your target computers.

    Have you been asked to install this?

    EDIT: I'm completly baffled as to why you want to deploy software if you don't know know what it does. Virtual box on it's own isn't very useful till you've built some virtual machines. If you just deploy virtual box without providing virtual machines a class of students would have to run through windows setup before they could use virtual box.
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    a better option would be to ghost the package builder machine.

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    does anyone no of a free ghost program which i could use

    the school where i am at dont have alot of money so need a free piece of software

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    Install VirtualBox on your machine, snapshot before installing your app and then revert to the snapshort... piece of the preverbial!

    I use VirtualBox a lot for testing, playing about and package creation. Many of the VMWare Workstation features without the pricetag.

    http://www.virtualbox.org/

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    how long does it take to rebuild the computer from a snapshop

    and would it work on a cc3 network

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    Sorry Dolman, I think we're going round in circles here.

    Sit down, spend a good 5 minutes clearly describing what you're trying to achieve, then someone will be able to help you.

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    I agree with Ric. Use a XP only base install VM snapshot to build your packages and then undo the snapshot once your package is successfuly built.

    WPKG is worth a look for a free package manager/creator

    Clonezilla is more than worth a look as a free alternative to ghost

    Clonezilla + RIS is a dream. network boot any machine and bring down a new image in situe. nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolmandj View Post
    how long does it take to rebuild the computer from a snapshop
    maybe 30 seconds

    and would it work on a cc3 network
    Yes... you would install it on your machine and then install a basic install of XP in it (fully patched). You then take a snapshot at this point and call it something like 'clean install'.

    Now create your package in the virtual machine (i.e. this new XP installation) as you normally would on your build machine. Prceed with all your usual RM faffing.

    Once you have finished your faffing, hit 'revert', select your snapshot and a few seconds later it's back to the state it was before you started building your package.

    EASY!

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    Hi
    sorry about the confussion

    the problem is that i work within a school which has a cc3 network. the problem i am having is when i want to create a package with the RM application wizard, it takes forever to reimage the computer back to a clean state to create another image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolmandj View Post
    Maybe if pos to use it on the application wizard computer. so after each package i make i dont have to reimage the computer. Would this work?

    darren
    Or an easier solution would be to build the package machine, and create a restore point. Then you just need to restore the machine which is about a 2-3 minute process, and the best part is, RM already provide you with the tools to do this meaning you don't have to fork out extra cash or use extra software.

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