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What is the Visual Studio virtual machine that Joel and Jeff were referring to?

What is the Visual Studio virtual machine that Joel and Jeff were referring to?

I am new to this so couldn't really grasp what Joel and Jeff were talking about in one of their recent Stack Overflow podcasts. I recall Joel referring to Visual Studio doing all sorts of things with the OS and IIS and then he thought using a virtual machine may be a good solution. To this Jeff said yes but then they discussed the impact of such a machine on memory and performance.

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"I'm hearing more and more developers opting for this setup, and on occasion have used it myself.

Essentially, you have your host OS, where you do your day-to-day work, and you work on a clean VM.

If something goes wrong, you don't have to re-install, just make a new copy of the VM.

This means you can have several versions of your software installed at once (on different VMs) and that all the developers have a standard build-target.

You can set this up with pretty much any virtualization software, simply install a client OS, and clone the drive image."