Reasons to Develop using VMs

When planning any software development project, whether it is a point or enterprise solution, there are several key questions to answer before a line of code is written.  How will you know it’ll work on the required operating systems?  How can you give the developers a standard development environment without buying or configuring hardware?  Once developed, how can it be tested?  Virtualization is a simple yet effective way for addressing these critical concerns related to software development environmentsContinue Reading

Defragmenting VMs for Performance

If you’ve worked with virtualization long enough, you may have noticed that performance can degrade over time.  This phenomenon is related to disk fragmentation, particularly in scenarios where a lot of software installation, removal, and updates are performed.  As you might imagine, this is the situation for many test environments and development environments.  To recover lost performance capabilities, try defragmenting your virtual machines.  Continue Reading

CAD and Virtualization

Virtualization has progressed considerably in the past few years, but graphics performance has been notoriously poor because VMs (virtual machines) have been unable to take advantage of the host’s video card.  Even if your workstation has the latest from NVidia, ATI, or some other video card manufacturer, the VM has had no way of taking advantage of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) processing power or VRAM (Video RAM).  There are still a handful of things you can do to optimize graphics performance (for CAD) with virtualizationContinue Reading

Accessing Virtual Disks Via Windows

One of the often overlooked features of VMWare Workstation is the Virtual Disk Mapping utility.  Available through the standard VMware Workstation GUI, the tool maps a Windows drive letter to a virtual disk used in a VM.  Mapping a virtual disk can be done much quicker and easier than launching the VM to access the files on the virtual machine’s disks.  This functionality ships with VMware Workstation for Windows; other tools are available for Linux users, but won’t be covered in this article.  Continue Reading

The Value of VM Players

Virtualization has many benefits, and we at Razorleaf are big advocates of the technology.  Internally, we leverage workstation virtualization products, and several of our clients make use of different server virtualization products.  What about the VM player products out on the market today?  Let’s take a look at the value that those products could deliver in your environment.  Continue Reading

How to Set Up a Test Environment

Most people know that it’s a good idea to have a test environment for mission-critical business systems like PLM, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has the budget for setting up and maintaining one, though. Until now. Continue Reading

Connect Virtual Disks in VMware 6

VMware Workstation 6 provides the ability to map a virtual disk from any of your virtual machines as a drive letter on your host computer. Once a virtual disk is mapped as a drive on the host, the files in the virtual disk can be accessed using Windows Explorer without having to power on the VM, a great time saver in a number of situations including: