Windows OS Virtualization
Uncertainty regarding software compatibility is one of the most common issues companies find with migrating from Windows XP. Being able to run legacy apps is still a big deal. Enterprises right now have to deal with the concern of upgrading their server OS, because Microsoft will be cutting off Windows Server 2003 soon.
The company issued a deadline for migration to other platforms, such as the newer Windows Server 2012. Many organizations are busy laying out plans for the move, and they now have help in the form of FarStone software. A new application from these guys lets you make Virtual environments of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, which can be run in the native Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2012 OS.
Called VirtualXP, this software works by turning the current XP and Windows 2003 machines into virtual disks. These can then be mounted and run using the virtualization software on an OS which will not have the same vulnerabilities as the ones being used currently.
You probably know that XP is no longer getting updates from the parent company, making it a security cesspit as far as enterprises are concerned. Something like VirtualXP can even up the odds a bit, by letting you have a different host environment while still accommodating legacy apps.
VirtualXP is available only for non-commercial use right now, with the free edition only supporting XP conversions. If you dish out $30 and get the business version, then you’ll also be able to run Windows Server 2003. This is a win-win for enterprises which aren’t ready to move away from a favorable platform setup. The paid version also brings in other features which the free software doesn’t contain, such as, including free email and phone support.
VirtualXP For Windows
Remember that if you’re going to keep using XP, no official support can be had if you hit a snag. Where this OS is concerned, there is no longer a Windows support number to call. The only way to get out of the problem you encounter, is by availing third party support options.
The lack of a dedicated Windows support number isn’t the only thing that continued users of this OS have to deal with. There’s a Windows bug on the scene, discovered only recently. Microsoft has released the relevant patch only for OSs newer than XP, so there’s also the consequent vulnerability to keep in mind.
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