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Virtual Machines

A virtual machine is a tool which allows you to run multiple operating systems (or variations of a single one) at one time. Multiple CPUs and a good amount of RAM won't hurt either...

You can easily backup the whole machine as its just a collection of files and they also support disk "undo", you you can always reset to a "clean" state and rerun your tests over and over again as many times as required. For this reason they are actually better than (not just a substitution for ) real hardware!

Virtual machine vendors produce server and workstation products, you will want to download the workstation product (even to build servers).

Microsoft Virtual PC 2004

Microsofts' Virtual PC product is now free.

To me it is much slower than VmWare but you can't argue about the price.

VmWare

VmWare is an excellent product (but is not free).


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