Distributing copies of a Virtual Machine in Windows
Posted on 2012-08-17
I have a complex suite of software products that takes a lot of work to install and configure to get them working together effectively. I want to do a one-time setup on a virtual machine and distribute the VM as a file to about 50 sales and support reps so that they can reliably demonstrate the suite. I would like to do this in the most cost-effective way, in compliance with Microsoft OS licensing terms. The software can run on Windows XP -- although we prefer Windows 7.
Given that all users are running Windows 7 and thereby have access to the Windows XP Mode Virtual PC, I am thinking my cheapest and easiest option would be to create and distribute a Windows XP Mode differencing VHD.
I need to know whether the differencing disk approach is a good choice, but I am also very interested in other options, particularly those that would let me distribute a Windows 7 environment at minimal cost. I am open to using other products, such as Oracle VirtualBox.
Thanks for your help!