I'll take three... no, make that forty...
Microsoft today announces new pricing on Virtual Server 2005 R2.
In an effort to remove the vaguaries introduced by currency exchange and commissions, the price is the same in all currencies.
The Virtual Server product line allows you to create "virtual computers" inside your system, and control when and how they run. Here are some great potential uses for them:
- Testing suspicious sites without infecting your main machine. [Yes, it's much safer to use a physically separate machine, but hey... what can you do?]
- Debugging malware to find out what it does and how to trap it. [Again, a physical separation is better...]
- Creating a truly 'offline' root certificate authority (burn the Virtual Hard Drive onto a CD-ROM) that is easy to lock away.
- Trying patches out without sacrificing your main machine.
- Comparing different operating systems in their reactions to tools / patches / malware.
I'm sure there are many more uses that you can think of. These are just some that come to my mind immediately.
Do you have any other ideas?