You invest a lot of time researching the best technology for your business. Your Apple computers work well for your needs, plus, the sleek desktops look great in client-visible locations. Yet occasionally, something comes up that you can’t do on an iMac. It doesn’t work on the Mac operating systems (OSs); only on Windows. That’s where a virtual machine can come in handy.
Perhaps you invested in your Mac technology before finding out about this industry-specific software you need to run. You’re not about to buy new computers for every user in your office.
You know that running Windows XP can be more dangerous. After all, there are many more cybercriminals savvy with Microsoft products. The payoff is much bigger for a bad actor who can find a vulnerability in Windows, as there are so many more users.
The answer, then, is to give your users access to a virtual machine. This lets you run that piece of software that only works on Windows, without starting from square one.
What is a virtual machine (VM)? VM software emulates your computer. It allows you to install an operating system, such as Windows 10, on your Mac. The software maps computer processing, memory, storage, and other components to run properly. Then, the virtual OS (or guest OS) acts as if it’s running on a real system. Yet for your purposes, it’s more of an app on your host OS. You open the software, make it full screen, and your computer looks and feels as if it has Windows installed.
One advantage of the virtual machine approach? You need only the software that you use on occasion and the VM software. You don’t have to get more hardware to accommodate that one Windows-centric tool. You can simply click into the software and do what you need to do. Then, when you’re done, you minimize that screen or close the application, and you’re back in Mac world.
Virtual Machines Not Just for Mac Users
Any computer use can also benefit from VM software. Maybe you’ve been a Mac loyalist but want to try Linux? You can install the OS virtually to check it out. Or perhaps you’re developing software and need to test your offering on other operating systems. The virtual OS helps there, too.
Overlapping the VM on top of the existing operating system can also provide peace of mind. If you have legacy software on an old Windows operating system, you continue to use it safely. Instead of connecting a computer with outdated (and unsupported) software to the internet, you can keep it separate, offline.
A virtual machine also offers a way to browse the internet without the risk of compromising the host OS. The original files and data are separate and won’t be at risk of compromise, theft, encryption, or ransomware.
Businesses can also benefit from a VM when they want to clone an existing system. Make a snapshot of the old computer and run it in on a VM on a new machine. This keeps the business running as usual when you’ve lost a software installer or need specific settings. Or use the VM when you want to move the guest OS to a new host computer.
The VM snapshot can also provide you with a backup of the old settings and legacy systems that you can always go back to. Worried about running an antivirus update or installing a new app? Use the virtual machine software to create a snapshot of your current machine’s state. Then, you can quickly restore it if the worst happens.
Real Help with Virtual Machines
Virtual machines offer real benefits. Our IT experts can help you setup an operating system within your VM. We can also connect the software to printers or the network as needed, securely. Contact us today at 570-243-9205!
Throw a stone and you are bound to hit an I.T. Company that uses automation tools to provide support these days. You will find an equal amount telling you how special their tools are.
Underdog uses similar tools as our competitors but we find them less interesting and more importantly so do you!
Those tools are just a means to performing mundane automated tasks that require very little human interaction. We Add:
Level of Security that protects our clients from threats both online and offline
Add in a layer of Human Intervention – for the times when automation fails and stuff happens
Combine with best practices and industry standards. This allows us to advise, steer and adopt new technology.
By doing so, it allows us to help you reduce risk, stay productive and increase profits. That is the value Underdog brings to your business.
We found it very easy to work with Underdog. He gave a very clear and professional quote, he has been promptly responsive in all communications, and the network is working great. I feel very good about using his company for any future IT needs for our business.
Pam Watkins, Forks Bistro
Barton Heights had a very successful computer upgrade due to Underdog. I met with him 2-3 months before the project and he gave us an estimate of the entire upgrade process involving 31 computers and a server. He advised us and placed the order. He also worked with us and ended up revising the estimate twice to completely satisfy our computer upgrade needs. He added true value to his service as he was willing to perform the upgrade in the evening when we were closed to minimize our down time as we are a paperless business and rely 100% on our computers. Carmine stepped up and took care of those problems as well, even though that was not his responsibility. He always responds quickly to any issue that occurs. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Dr. Jeremy Wentz., Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital
I HAVE WORKED WITH CARMINE FOR MANY YEARS. HE HAS DONE EVERYTHING FROM NETWORK SERVER INSTALLATION TO PROGRAM TROUBLESHOOTING. HIS QUALITY OF WORK AND KNOWLEDGE ARE OUTSTANDING. YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON Underdog TO WORK HARD FOR YOU.
Tim Stump, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Underdog makes you feel that you are his first concern if you have a Server down or you have a small printing question. We have been with Carmine for 16 years and have only received quality service.
Dee McConnel, Straub Metal International
Thank you Underdog. Will recommend you from the rooftops.
Law Office of Maria T. Candelaria, Maria Candelaria
12 years in business and I have been there and done that with other IT / Computer biz, and finally found one that listens, asks questions, and comes up with a plan.
If you are having issues or just want to see if there are options for and avenues of improvement for your computer / networking needs, checkout Underdog Computer and Network Support LLC.
There are some others that are good, but I cannot express the difference enough – they actually get it! Every business IS different with different needs and processes, and they take the time to find what is best for you instead of what they think is best for you!
Thank you, Carmine J. Corridore, for allowing me to have a stress free vacation this year! I look forward to working with you in the near future for some serious upgrades!
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“Underdog Computer and Network Support are amazing. They go over and above to help the small business owner Thank you Carmine for all you do”
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We have used Underdog Computer and Networking for business and personal use. We have found them easy to schedule an appointment, very responsive, professional, and quick to isolate the problem and/or identify our real need. We highly recommend Underdog.
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