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Virtualization vs Remote desktop

by mpgartland / April 3, 2012 8:48 AM PDT

I am a dedicated Mac user. However, I am also a data analyst. Sometimes the programs I need to run analysis only comes in a Windows version. I deal with stats, data mining, a little SQL type stuff. I even need the Windows Excel due to add-ins, etc. My data is rarely over 10GB. Most is far less than that.

Here is my question- I am better off running a virtualization side on my Mac (ie Parellels) or to buy a Windows desktop/server, load the Windows programs into it and then remote desktop in from my Mac. Thus I am running the analysis process on the Windows machine.

Upsides and downsides? Comments?


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As an user of Virtual Box.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2012 8:53 AM PDT

Since I can save the state of the "box" I think it's an excellent solution. And here's a trick I use and want to share. Let's say I want to use another machine. I copy my virtual box file over to that other machine and launch that virtual box machine without having to reinstall the windows in that virtual box. It's pretty amazing stuff.

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Love Virtualiztion
by shoppingspout / July 7, 2013 7:25 PM PDT

I really love virtualization. I got Vmware online coupons from ShoppingSpout. I didn't feel any problem while working on it.

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Remote in but using nomachine
by Bob55518 / July 17, 2013 2:14 AM PDT

I am in the same situation with some of the apps I use for stats and data mining etc, but I access my Windows host over the internet (from a Mac). I decided against using virtualizing on my Mac. Anyway, to remote in I use NoMachine for Windows and Mac. I have to say for me it works like a charm.

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