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What can VMware be used for?


Before one install VMware on their system, there are a few questions that need to be answered. What is the purpose of using VMware? Is it just to run different OS on the same machine? If it is, why not just do a dual boot system? And these are some of the questions that are going to be answered here and many more.


When it comes to VMware, its purpose is that it allows you to take advantage of today’s fast hardware and run several servers on one box, for example, file server, exchange server, DNS server, DHCP server, along with Linux and some could be Windows and much more. It is also useful for testing in a development environment and there are many other uses as well. For example for a computer with a remotely controlled desktop used to access VMware can have at least 15 OS running in it like domain controller, SQL server, terminal servers, another SQL server if required, file servers, Sharepoint and web server.


VMware can keep the dusty old business applications that need to run DOS running on your fancy new PC desktop in XP without dual booting. VMware can be run on Windows 8 professional; and in case there is software or a program which doesn’t run on Windows 7 and/or 8 it can still run on a virtual machine that runs VMware on it. If required for any reason Windows 98 can also be run on VMware; so for those who are used to Windows 98 or prefer it to the other Windows OS, simply run it using VMware. Not just Windows 98 but any other old OS like Windows 95 too can be run using VMware!