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Virtual machine configuration

Virtual machine configuration

(also VM configuration)

Virtual machine configuration definition

Virtual machine configuration is another term for setting up a virtual machine on your computer. Configuring a virtual machine involves specifying how much memory and processing power it should have, installing the applications you want to use, and connecting it to the internet. When you’re done, you can use your VM for whatever purpose you want — whether it’s software development or education and training.

See also: host virtual machine

How to configure a virtual machine

  1. The first step is deciding how much processing power and storage space the virtual machine will need. You should make this decision carefully — it directly impacts how well your virtual machine performs.
  2. Then, choose an operating system, e.g., Windows, macOS, or Linux. Typically, you’ll be able to install this operating system in the same way as you would with a physical computer.
  3. The next step is downloading and installing software, applications, and tools to perform specific tasks. For example, you may need Microsoft Office or development tools like Visual Studio, depending on what you’re planning to use the machine for.
  4. Connect your VM to a network, which may involve configuring network adapters and IP addresses. After you’ve done this, your virtual machine will be able to communicate with other devices and go online.
  5. Part of the process is setting up security measures, like antivirus software and firewalls. This step is important as it makes it harder for hackers to target your VM.
  6. Finally, you’ll create backup and recovery procedures for the virtual machine’s data so you don’t lose anything in case the hardware fails.
  7. You may also want to integrate the virtual machine with other virtual machines or systems within the virtualization environment so they can communicate and share data.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security