I’ve got an upcoming training opportunity to get all schooled up on VMWare. I’m pretty excited about it.
Virtual machine technology allows you to create all sorts of cool technical solutions to use wasted CPU cycles and minimize your hardware costs while making your server settings easily transportable as a snapshot. If you wish to try it out, you just need a relatively powerful spare computer and a free download from VMWare.
These also make it simple for you to explore multiple operating systems. One fella I work with loaded up Win98 as a virtual machine then gave it an unfiltered connection to the internet to see how long it would be before the machine was hacked, and 28 seconds later he had his answer.
The internet is a jungle, and the public face, the “surface web” is really less than 10% of the traffic. So technologies like VMWare are a way to test out networks, encryption, throughput, etc, without investing in huge amounts of hardware. After buying a Cisco lab for home training, I’m looking forward to anything that can help me play with more tech, for cheap.
This sort of knowledge probably isn’t much of a survival skill for the end of the world as we know it, but it is useful to keep the world as we know it now from falling apart.