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VirtualBox is a free alternative to VMWare, and Microsoft's Hyper-V. You'll be amazeed at its functionality and smoothly performance.

 

VirtualBox Screen Shot
 
While installing Windows 7 on my VirtualBox, you'll notice that you don't have to install any special mouse or video drivers. They do have their own guest drivers - but out of the box the mouse works smoothly. Windows 8 also installs without incident.
 
It has all of the features you would expect:
  • Mount an ISO as a DVD/CD
  • Shared clipboard
  • Bridged network, or NAT
  • EFI Support
  • Audio Redirection
This tiny list does not even scratch the surface of what is possible. You can view the user guide here.
One favorite feature is the remote display system. VirtualBox has its own RDP server. This means you can use the remote desktop client to connect remotely.
 
Just go to the display settings of your virtual machine. Enable the remote display, and pick a high port that is different than 3389 (So it does not conflict with your own RDP port). In my case I used 33388:
 

Virtual Box RDP Settings

Then, when you want to connect...just specify the port like this:
 

Virtual Box RDP Connection

The IP address is the IP of the computer running VirtualBox - not your guest. This is great in situations where you have different network settings on the guest, or don't even have RDP (Windows XP Home, or Windows 2000).
 

Just hit connect, and you are on the machine in seconds.

You can download VirtualBox from here:

The license allows you to use the free version in a commercial setting. The only exception is if you are going to use it as a service provider, or you are going to deploy it across your network - then they ask that you purchase a license.
 
Take a look at this software if you haven't had a chance to, it's a viable option for managing and creating SharePoint VMs.

 

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