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    One virtual machine multiple distros

    I need to keep a Windows XP virtual machine handy for out of hours work.
    I like to install lots of different distros, and my virtual machine is on a seperate hard drive.

    Is it possible to get one virtual machine to work across multiple distros.
    i.e I might feel like wiping Ubuntu, installing Mint but still have access to the same virtual machine on the seperate hard drive.
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    Re: One virtual machine multiple distros

    Quote Originally Posted by ade234uk View Post
    I need to keep a Windows XP virtual machine handy for out of hours work.
    I like to install lots of different distros, and my virtual machine is on a seperate hard drive.

    Is it possible to get one virtual machine to work across multiple distros.
    i.e I might feel like wiping Ubuntu, installing Mint but still have access to the same virtual machine on the seperate hard drive.
    Not sure if I understand your question.

    A virtual machine is just like a physical computer. Therefore you can add to that VM several virtual disks containing several operating systems. No problem.

    You could install the loader GRUB in order to select the operating system you wish to run at startup. Even more. You can define the hard drive you want to use for booting.

    Maybe these comments could help you.

    Best regards,

    Luis

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    Re: One virtual machine multiple distros

    Quote Originally Posted by lmarmisa View Post
    Not sure if I understand your question.

    A virtual machine is just like a physical computer. Therefore you can add to that VM several virtual disks containing several operating systems. No problem.

    You could install the loader GRUB in order to select the operating system you wish to run at startup. Even more. You can define the hard drive you want to use for booting.

    Maybe these comments could help you.

    Best regards,

    Luis
    I have sorted it out now. You can use an existing virtual machine.
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    Re: One virtual machine multiple distros

    Quote Originally Posted by ade234uk View Post
    I have sorted it out now. You can use an existing virtual machine.
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    Regards, David.
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