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A virtual machine (VM) is a software program or operating system that not only displays the behavior of a separate
computer but is also capable of performing tasks such as running applications and programs like a separate computer.
A VM, using a software layer called a hypervisor, mirrors the operating system, software, and hardware.
Developed by Oracle, VirtualBox is a free and open-source virtualization software solution that allows users to
create and manage virtual machines. With VirtualBox, you can run multiple operating systems simultaneously on the
host computer, greatly enhancing functionality and efficiency. For instance, you could run Windows 10 on your Mac
computer or vice versa.
The host operating system is the primary OS installed on the computer. This is the OS that runs directly on the
computer's hardware and hosts the VMs. For example, if you're using VirtualBox on your Mac computer to run a Windows
10 VM, macOS is the host operating system.
A virtual machine's OS is known as the guest operating system. While being contained by the VM, it used the hardware
of the host computer.
A hypervisor, also known as a Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM), is a layer of software or hardware that creates, runs,
and manages virtual machines. The hypervisor allocates resources like CPU, memory, and disk space from the host
operating system to the VMs.
Virtual machines offer a range of benefits, such as:
Isolation: Each VM is isolated from its host. A problem within the VM doesn't affect the host machine.
Multiple OS configurations: VMs allow different operating systems to coexist on the same computer.
Testing and development: They provide a safe environment to test new software and updates before
on the host machine.
Easy recovery: It's easier to recover VMs than physical machines when there's a system crash or hardware
Understanding the world of virtual machines and tools like VirtualBox opens up new possibilities for
testing, and securing your digital environment. With a solid understanding of these concepts, you can better
appreciate and utilize the potential of this technology.
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