MS VMs & the Boot Camp Revival

VM’s & Boot Camp

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Need a different OS… try a VM

Not a fan of using PC’s so when the old server kicked the can… it was time to wash away the pain, start new and revive Boot Camp. Boot Camp is not my favorite, but does run rather nicely on the Macbook Pro Mid/Late ’19 model. FYI, for those of you who would prefer just to use MS Virtual Machines, go here: MS Test Virtual Machines or the latest VM, WIN11, here: WIN 11. What spawned this post was a few interesting errors, received a few days ago when selecting an IE8 test case, specifically the ‘IE8 on Win 7’ image from the VM dropdown menu.

Blob/Error message: This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below. BlobNotFound The specified blob does not exist. RequestId:8c56e3a7-301e-0015-20ac-36e629000000 Time:2021-04-21T12:45:28.6504892Z

Below, I will share a few screenshots, that’s a bunch of bologna… hogwash. What is that about. Same experience here with another test case. We got this ‘sweet’ 404 message though! Lol, time to update our 404 game!

MS VM Dropdown WIN11 VM Boot Volume Start Boot Camp Process Boot Partition 2

Oracle VBox – Virtual Appliances

Virtual Appliances, VImages, VDI’s, ISO’s

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Oracle Virtual Box, get it now… assuming you’ve not run into a time when you needed a system other than the one you might be using, stuck with or have issues running native apps.

VirtualBox is a great place to start. Make sure you scope out the latest and greatest virtualized products… Ideally, it’s a great ‘virtual’ appliance to have around the old shop, run VDI’s – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or ISO – Copy (of the) Optical Disc Image. Stumbled across an article about this prior as I’ve written about this before, when testing other OS, OS Variants, Solutions, Drone Flight sims, Flight Configs etc. Believe you me, this Virtual Box stuff comes in handy when testing for just about any and all compute/browser combinations. In our case, we like the Oracle product for non Windows needs, Boot Camp covers Windows environments pretty well. We will cover those another time, but for now check out this handy link for OS options. Your choice – BSD, Fedora, Linux Varietals and more. Other image offering can be found here:These OS Boxes Linux Images.

REMEMBER DO YOUR HOMEWORK, check what’s there, it may take many, many, many try(s) to get this stuff to work in an optimal fashion but you’ll get it soon enough. Testing is key, Donate where you can!

A few other notes, I’m sure you have your own process, but we use Virtual Box for lots of stuff*… testing, games, browser ‘wars’, IoT stuff* and more stuff*. Below you will find a few screenshots of Virtual Box and MS Remote Desktop. The goal was to cover as many systems, device varieties, OS images and tools… Always remember, just have fun. Next, please note, since the screenshots were taken/shared, we’ve added Virtual Box to MacOs, running a litany of ISOs. Those can be found here, included for your convenience! We certainly enjoy using this method for just about anything. Last point, these virtual environments can be used for IoT testing (please see posting Debian Buster) starting with the Ubuntu IoT ISOs.

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