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Installing - Using a Virtual Machine 

Installing - Using a Virtual Machine



Create your own Virtual Machine

If you do not have a Windows 2012R2, Windows Home Server, Windows 10 pro or other real computer available, then you can use Virtualization to create a multi-domain test environment on your work-station. It is a straightforward procedure.

The virtual machine licenses are permanently free, and Microsoft provide an extended  free trial of their server editions if you need an operating system to install.

There are three main providers of Virtual Machine (VM) software: Virtualbox, VMWare and Microsoft.

The procedure is the same in all cases:

  • Take a host machine that has an Internet connection.
  • Have available an operating system disk to create the working virtual machine.
  • Install the VM software.
  • Use the VM software console to create a new Virtual Machine.
  • Set the machine to have a fixed IP address
  • Download and install neatComponents on the new VM

Operating system

If you have an available suitable Windows operating system installation disk, or ISO, you can use that. 
Otherwise you will need to purchase or download a operating system for use on the Virtual machine you are about to create.

Use a free operating system trial
Microsoft make operating system ISO-files (disk images) available for extended trials:

Download Microsoft Windows Server trial here

Download Microsoft Windows 10 here

Microsoft allows anyone to download Windows 10 for free and install it without a product key. It’ll keep working for the foreseeable future, with only a few small cosmetic restrictions. Learn more...

You may install neatComponents onto any of the above - it installs and works the same.

Option 1
Working with VirtualBox

VirtualBox is considered by many people to be the easiest VM system to use.

Download and install VirtualBox for Windows hosts from their downloads page and install the software.
Follow the default settings. When the console opens, create a New machine using the operating system ISO.

When the Wizard is complete, check in the 'Settings' for the machine that the 'Network' is set to 'Bridged Adapter'.

Start your new Virtual Machine and it will open in its own browser window.
Use the on-screen prompts to make the screen full size, and give the VM your mouse and keyboard.
Then download and install neatComponents in the normal way.

Remember - just like a real machine - set the Windows firewall on your new machine to allow HTTP traffic on port 80, and you must set this VM to have a fixed IP address on your LAN. The IP address must be unique, and not the same as the host-machine.

Option 2
Working with VMware

VMware provide a similar experience to VirtualBox, however unless you are familar with VMware products, most users find VMware to be more complex to configure.

Download and install VMware Server for Windows hosts from VMware and install the software.
Follow the default settings, and generally proceed as for Option 1.

Option 3
Working with Windows Virtual Machines

Microsoft provide several options for VM installations depending on the host operating system.
You can learn more about Microsoft VirtualPC here

Microsoft provide Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition as a free trial VHD (Virtual Hard Drive) that can be installed onto a Microsoft VirtualPC Click here for more details 

Microsoft also provide Windows Server 2012 R2  as a free trial VHD (Virtual Hard Drive) that can be installed onto a Microsoft VirtualPC Click here and select the VHD from the download drop-down menu.

Prepare for your Installation

How to work with Windows.

Install neatComponents

Once you have access to the server you can follow the normal neatComponents installation procedure



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