jump to navigation

What is a virtual machine May 15, 2012

Posted by vbry21 in General Stuff.

What is a Virtual Machine?

The definition that I give people on the VMware ICM course is as follows.

“From the user’s perspective, a virtual machine is a software platform that, like a physical computer, runs an operating system and applications.”

Great but what do we virtualise, do we virtualise the hardware, the operating system or the applications.

This is my opinion, I consider a virtual machine to be the virtualised hardware; I then take that virtual machine and then install the operating system and applications into that virtual machine as if it was a physical computer.

So VMware Virtual machines have multiple files and I consider that the .VMX file is the virtual machine as the file defines the configuration of the hardware.

In a Hyper-V VM the equivalent file is the .VMC

In both cases I’ll agree with the definition that a Virtual Machine is just a bunch of files.



No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: