Virtual machines are becoming quite the hot computing topic. In many cases, they are becoming the way to go for OS testing, specialty software installs, demos and other evaluations. This is one of the reasons why I like Virtualization Manager Professional. It’s a VM tool for Windows.
Creating bootable images of a supported guest operating system is easy with their native tools. Moving and managing them in combination with each other, isn’t always easy. Managing the combination of more than one guest OS on a host OS, isn’t always easy either.
Virtualization Manager Professional has full OS support for any Windows version from XP forward, including all server edtions. With it, you can migrate an OS from a physical drive, to a virtual one, or convert a backup image to a bootable virtual drive. You can also migrate full, bootable operating systems from virtual to physical, virtual to virtual as well as physical to physical.
If you need to make potentially volatile changes to a virtual machine, say for example, to install a difficult to remove application, and don’t want to worry about dealing with program artifacts that may get left behind in your registry or on your hard drive, you can use VMP’s snapshot mode to connect a virtual disk as if it’s an ordinary physical disk and open up all physical-disk functionality in a virtual environment. You can use a read only mode or a special read/write mode that creates a snapshot and applies all changes after the snapshot to test the application without destroying your virtual source drive.
VMP supports virtual machines from Oracle VirtualBox 4, Microsoft Virtual PC, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop but Parallels supports Connect VD only.