is it possible to make a sandbox environment with Virtual Server...

Posted on 2005-05-11
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
I saw that Microsoft has a VirtualPC trial that will let you configure and test certain products on one of their other products in a 'sandbox' environment. I would like to be able to do the same thing for a few people here on our network too, but I don't know what I should be using to set this up.
We have an MSDN license so we have all MS products like VirtualPC, Virtual Server, etc.

Would it be possible to make a community box on our lan that would allow the developers to use and test something like Visual Studio 2005?
Question by:wlandymore
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    If you set up a virtual machine with network access, your users can use remote desktop to access any software you have installed on the machine. You could duplicate the virtual computers as needed - up to the limits of your actual hardware and licensing.
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    I was thinking that it might be possible to have one computer with the Virtual Machine and then the software on it, and when they use RDP to get it, then can modify it as much as they like, but after they exit their session, it would go back to the base image I had created.
    Sort of like DeepFreeze in the way you can change it as much as you like while you're logged on, but after a reboot it goes back to the original DeepFreeze image.

    I was also looking at something about Differential Disks in Virtual Server. This seemed to be sort of what I was talking about. Creating a disk with all the software on a VHD and then using another VHD for all the modifications people will be making.

    Not sure if I understood it correctly though...
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    Virtual PC also has a feature called "undo disks." When enabled, it will prompt the user to undo any changes made to the disk image.
    Disk images can also be copied so a unchanged backup is always available.


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