This is what a virtual PC looks like.
In Figure A, the virtual PC is running on top of a product known as Microsoft Virtual PC 2004. It is a Microsoft product that sells for $129. Microsoft also has a similar product that is intended for use on servers, called Virtual Server 2005 R2. Believe it or not, Virtual Server 2005 R2 is free for anyone who owns a Windows Server 2003 license. Virtual Server 2005 R2 can also run on top of Windows XP, but only in non-production environments. You can download Virtual Server 2005 R2 on the Microsoft site.
Microsoft isn't the only game in town when it comes to virtual machines. A company named VMware has been making virtual computer products for far longer than Microsoft. A copy of VMware Workstation sells for $199. VMware also sells a virtual server product that is available for free.
Running IE on a virtual machine
Step 1: VMware versus Microsoft Virtual PC
Step 2: Deploying Microsoft Virtual PC
Step 3: Setting up Internet Explorer
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Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. He has served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer, he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit his personal Web site at www.brienposey.com.
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This was first published in June 2006