I am considering using VMWARE for testing an app of mine across other OS's, but am not yet ready to install it and try it out.
My development machine is XP, with 1.5gb of memory and 140gb of hard disk space, so I should meet the requirements. I intend to use XP as the host, put the guest OS's in virtual disk files rather than physical partitions (I already have a partition scheme C:..F: that I do not want to alter). Guest OSs will be 95,98,2000, NT4
What I am not sure about is the visibility of files from one OS to another.
a) first of all, if I am logged in under say 95 or 98 will that OS see all my files on all my partitions?
b) I have some FAT32 and some NTFS partitions .. as I recall 98 did not support NTFS, or even large hard disks .. will that cause a problem?
c) what about defragging. Assuming I only defrag from the host, is that going to mess with the virtual machines? I ask this because I have a recollection of some software (I think maybe it was Acronis backup) that 'reserved' a PHYSICAL area of the hard disk for its stuff
d) what about attached devices? I'd be fairly sure that I have some devices on the machine which earlier OS's would not support , and there probably are not even drivers for them. Possibly even a wireless mouse and keyboard could give problems.
I would be grateful for some clarification