Windows Virtual Machine : What do you want to pretend today?

by Nathan Darling - Oct 21, 2009


For children, a favorite game starts out with the magical words “Let’s pretend.”  In fact almost every childhood game has an element of pretending to it.  We can be astronauts, or generals commanding an army of plastic soldiers, or fairy princesses, whatever strikes our fancy.  However, as we grow up and are reprogrammed at learning facilities we learn stuff like the scientific method, and the truth about Santa Claus, and we find that the capability for serious pretending fades into obscurity.

Luckily the folks at VMWare and Windows Virtual Machine, stubbornly held on.   They said, “Let’s pretend we have 7 servers, even though we really only have one.”  But instead of calling it “pretending” they called it “virtualization”.  Then to really celebrate the concept, they built a variety of software packages, and developed an exam so that you can get certified in pretending virtualization.

This is kind of an advanced class, certainly more than I would find any use for in my home life.  Or is it?  Lets pretend I want to set up a computer for my son but I don’t have the money to buy them their own computer and I don’t want them messing around with mine.  No problem.  I set up a virtual pc, and they can run it on my screen, while “my” computer is downloading the latest purchased movie products in the background.

Yes there is still a fear that they might spill juice on my keyboard, and no, there really isn’t a virtual keyboard option to protect me from that, so the idea may still have a few bugs to work out.  Still if they download a virus, or delete an important file?  Well too bad for them.  But “my” computer will be unscathed.

The LearnKey course explains how to use this concept with the two major vendors in this arena, vmware and windows virtual machine.  Completion of this course is great preparation for the VCP-310 exam that certifies you as a VMWare Certified Professional (which looks really stunning on a resume).

What if you are not in IT?  Well maybe you could pretend that you are.

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4 Responses to “Windows Virtual Machine : What do you want to pretend today?”

  1. By Tom Carpenter on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    I love this, a certification in pretending. Brilliant. Interestingly, virtualization is like pretending to the guest OS running in the virtual machine, but it’s like being a mom to the host OS (ESX or Hyper-V) because it has to manage these unruly guests that are so busy pretending.

    Excellent summary of virtualization for any new entry into the field.

  2. By Nathan Darling on Oct 28, 2009 | Reply

    I came across this fascinating article at : It talks about a variety of virtual OS’s that can be carried on a simple usb drive.

  3. By black hattitude on Nov 1, 2009 | Reply


    thanks for the great quality of your blog, every time i come here, i’m amazed.

  4. By Nathan Darling on Nov 3, 2009 | Reply

    Aw thanks Black Hattitude. We really appreciate it.

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