Virtual Machine - Using bootable Windows drive as a client

Posted on 2013-10-27
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Last Modified: 2013-10-28
I am trying to work out a solution that allows me to use a Windows client VM as a gaming environment that I can package as a resalable solution (I own a computer store).  So far, it has been extremely challenging with todays solutions.  (tomorrow it will be the norm I believe).

At present, unless my other posted question (http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Linux/Q_28278201.html) regarding VFIO produces fruit, I am hoping a solution that would allow me to use a bootable windows 7 drive within the virt-manager environment.

For instance, I would unplug the host linux drive, and attach a fresh drive and then completely install Windows 7 on that drive.

I would then reattach the linux host drive and boot to it. I would then run virt-manager from a remote computer and wish to access that same physical drive and its boot environment from the virt-manager.  

Is this possible ?

If so, it would allow me to access Windows 7 for all the 'normal stuff' like Office, basic development IDE etc but also be available for a multi-boot directly if it was to be used for gaming purposes and needed full on graphics.

What sayeth the group ?

Jay / CompuMatter
Question by:Jay Lepore
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Firstly you would need to check the Microsoft License Agreements and EULA, if you can do this.

As for playing 3D Games in a Windows Virtual Machine, 3D Gamers will not be happy with the 3D performance, and frame rate per second in a virtual machine.

and it's unlikely the games will be playable with virtual graphics hardware, with lack of DirectX 10 and 11 support for the majority of games.

Possible today - not likely.
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Daniel Helgenberger earned 1200 total points
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I have done the same thing a few years ago with a Mac, boot camp and VMware Fusion. This works, however, you would need to activate Windows every time you change from virtual to physical boot and vice versa.

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by:Jay Lepore
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hanccocka, I won't play games in the VM environment using this solution. It's a work around that games would only be played in the stand alone environment but most of the time normal dev / office stuff could be carried out as a VM.

I did not consider the multiple license issue....

The idea that I would need to activate windows makes sense. It also kills the idea in its tracks since this would be a resalable solution from our store.

So, back to the idea board...

Split credit for this since you both brought up activation / licensing issues that killed the idea ;-)

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