Running Windows Omnis on Mac?
Now I understand. I use Packer <www.packer.io/> to create machine
images so I’m never doing manual installs anyway. Between VMware (Fusion
and ESXi 5, 5.5, and 6), Hyper-V, and VirtualBox, Hyper-V is the easiest
but it’s only so because I generate the Hyper-V images from VirtualBox
images. VirtualBox is easy to automate with something like Packer or even a
shell script. Until I was faced with the requirement to generate VM images
for ESXi, I was using a BASH script to take a Debian netinstall ISO image
and making my customizations to it to generate my custom base image. That
base image has to be customized by users using a simple web application
where they enter in things like database connection credentials, networking
info, and specify whether they want to use the self-signed SSL certificates
that are generated within the VM or install their own certs. I give them
the option of installing the root CA certificate into their trust store so
that the self-signed certs can be treated like any other. That is perfectly
fine for a LAN.
For Windows installs, I use Chocolatey, a package manager that makes
Windows bearable. My goal is to always have the virtual machine images
generated using Packer and the ongoing configuration management being
handled by SaltStack. If I am doing ad hoc configurations or installations,
it means that I haven’t captured that in code. That means what I just did
isn’t easily repeatable. All the Packer and SaltStack stuff is kept under
revision control in Git.
On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 6:55 PM, Doug Easterbrook <email@example.com> wrote:
> if you want win10. you have to download the ISO.
> with virtualbox, you find it on microsoft site, download it and set it up
> with parallels, you just say ‘I want win 10’ and you get it. They’ve
> automated the process. Parallels does the download -or- you could use the
> iso that you already found.
> with virtual box, it doesn’t support mac VM’s as well. you have to go
> find the ISO for the installer.
> in parallels, you create an OSX virtual machine and it pulls everything
> from the installer partition — its smoother.
> I”m not afraid of ISO’s. I have a bunch of them because I’ve
> looked and saved.
> Parallels makes setup of a current VM easier, thats all. click a button
> and go have a coffee or tea
> Doug Easterbrook
> Arts Management Systems Ltd.
> Phone (403) 650-1978
> see you at the third annual users conference
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> > On Jan 9, 2018, at 4:38 PM, Clifford Ilkay <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 5:36 PM, Doug Easterbrook <email@example.com>
> >> hi David.
> >> Also using Parallels (paid, effectively $39 a year) and Virtualbox
> >> I was pissed at Parallels for the $39 a year update (since its a new
> >> version each time), but I manage to stretch it over 2 versions and am
> >> really only about $20 a year).
> >> Virtualbox .. its good, but:
> >> not as smooth at parallels.
> >> not as fast as parallels.
> >> not as easy to set up a VM as parallels (parallels, you just say what
> >> want, in virtual box you have to go find the .iso file)
> > I’m pretty sure you know how to use Finder, Spotlight, or a shell to find
> > a file so I’m missing what you’re saying. How is having to find the ISO
> > file such a big deal? I find files on my systems many times a day. 🙂
> > Regards,
> > Clifford Ilkay
> > +1 647-778-8696
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