Re: Subject: Virtual Machines for training

Subject: Re: Subject: Virtual Machines for training
From: John McDermott <jjm -at- jkintl -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 09:54:12 -0600

I was wondering if any of you are using Virtual Machine Technology for
software training purposes to get around the lack of proper software,
and hardware availability in different regional offices. As I
understand it, the Virtual Machines can be set up on a PC at HQ, the
training software loaded, and set up for test cases. These "images"
then get used by the training officers in the different branch offices,
and all the course participants get the same training experience around
the country?

I managed to get my hands on VMWare 4, is it any good, do you recommend
using this technology?

Yes, I have lots of experience with this. It can work very well if done right. I worked on a team to put together a system to do this and it was quite successful.

There are two scenarios and I cannot tell from your post which you are talking about: 1) the virtual machine images are sent via CD/DVD or over the net to the branches to run on thier local copies of VMWare (or MS Virtual PC) or 2) the images are accessed over the Internet. I have worked with both (and have a patent-pending solution for #2).

I will be glad to discuss this with you off-list if you are interested.

John McDermott
Writer, Educator, Consultant
jjm -at- jkintl -dot- com
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