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Getting Started with Virtual Machines


This document is a placeholder for adding to our discussion about Virtual Machines.


Previous Article:

Here is an article I wrote about 10 years ago on how to use LabVIEW with Virtual Machines:


Virtualization Software

Virtualization software will focus on Windows/Mac hardware platforms including VMware Fusion/Player, and Hyper-V. A more comprehensive list can be found here:


A link to the free version of VMware Workstation Player:


Most Mac users I know use VMware Fusion:


And for the built-in Virtualization Software in some Windows Operating Systems, you can use Hyper-V


Guest Operating Systems

Presumably, most LabVIEW development is done on the Windows platform. The focus will be 3 poplar variants of Windows that span the entire LabVIEW release history from LabVIEW 7 to LabVIEW 2016: Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 10.


In most cases, you'll need your original installation disks (or ISO image copies of them) to install Windows onto a virtual machine. Here is a link to the WIndows 10 installation software:


There are also many free and paid for "Appliances":


01/06/2017 JGG Placeholder need to complete this document.

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At our ALARM meeting on Jan 18, ,2017 in Louisville, we will be having a follow-on panel discussion continuing the discussion from the CLD Summit in December about VM's. This document outlines many of the potential topics and ideas we can discuss. Please leave comments on things you are particularly interested in or have questions about, so that we can further refine the upcoming panel discussion.

David Thomson Original Code Consulting
National Instruments Alliance Program Member
Certified LabVIEW Architect
Certified Embedded Systems Developer
There are 10 kinds of people: those who understand binary, and those who don't.
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