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Today, more and more businesses are optimizing their computer networks.  The two most common ways to do this is through cost and space used.  The best way to do so is to turn your servers into virtual operating systems.  Thats right, virtualize your computer servers as best as possible on hardware that can support many virtual systems at once.  You will not only save money.  You will also use less space and less electricity.  

The same can be done at home, but you dont need to have the 'best' hardware to do so.  Using one of the following technologies would allow you to do this just fine:

Wine (used on Linux systems)
vmware (vm)
virtual box (v box)
parallels (used for mac)
Microsoft Windows Virtual PC (used maninly on Windows systems)
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In our opnioin, the best base os for virtualization, highly depends on what you are doing with the virtual pc. Many believe that Linux would be the best base but when it comes to using home systems , you can realy use anything you wish to have a vm.  

On the following pages (links on the left), we will show you how to virtualize a pc in an easy step-by-step procedure.  Why would you want to do this?  Sometimes, using a virtual PC at home to carry out certain tasks would enable you to save money from having the need to upgrade your OS or purchase newhardware.  Other reasons could include testing the operating system before purchasing the OS or just using the OS to play games.    Whatever your concern maybe, it is good to have at least one virtual pc.  

Here is a perfect example of how a virtual PC could save you much time!  Imaging you are using Linux for the first time. You would like to make it the main OS but you just cannot part with Microsoft Windows.  The best thing to do is to virtualize your windows system and make a back up every so often.  Why?  There are many benefits to this.  If you copy and backup your copy of your virtualized operating system:

You do not have to reinstall the whole operating system
If your system won't boot, all you need to do is simply copy over a backup of the OS and use
If you are missing a .dll file or something, you could simply copy the missing .dll file over to the problematic OS and use
If you have a virus or to much spyware simply copy over a new copy of your backup operating system and use
If your system is slowing down or has become too slow to operate with , just copy a backup of the OS and use

The great thing about having a virtual pc is that they function like a real cmputer and appear like a real computer on the network.  The only difference is that you have 2 operating systems running at once on one pc or latop.  This means you can burn CDs and DVDs, surf the net, do internet chatting, print documents, or transfer documents from one machine to the next.

The disadvantage is if the pc or laptop has a hardware issue (i.e: power supply no longer provides power), then you have lost the host and virtual pc.    The same can be said if the host hard drive where the virtual pc is kept is faulty, then you have lost both the host os and the virtual pc os.   You should also be aware that if you have say 4 GB of RAM, your host os will have to sahre some of it for the virtual pc.  This means that the host pc will be a bit slower

Click on the links on the left to learn about the different technologies available for you to use.  Some are free and some are for purchase. Check them out.