Hi guys,

My first post. I'm looking to move away from Desktop 2nd Line work and head into a career of Application Virtualization, packaging & deployment.

I was hoping someone with some industry insight could recommend what hardware specs to consider when looking to buy a laptop that I intend to teach myself the below programs on, if I can get my hands on them. I will obviously run virtual machines on this laptop. I didnt want to buy a certain laptop to find later on I should of bought something better with certain hardware requirements. Its not the kind of question I could ask a techie at a store as what would they know about running the below.

Hopefully someone on these forums would of gone down the same path as me and taught themselves at home on just one laptop.

-VMware, Install Shield, Admin Studio, Orca, App-V, SCCM, Altiris, Wise Package Studio, SQL Server with express etc

Any advice would be greatly appreciated to help get me started with my learning.

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It's quite difficult for giving exact specifications for so various different things you have listed there, but if you are looking to buy a laptop for running multiple virtual machines then I would suggest at least the following:

- Quad core (or at least dual-core) processor, faster the better, with 64 bit and HW virtualization capabilities on it
- 6 - 8+ GB of memory if you intend to run several VMs as modern OSes each will take at least 1,5 GB to be really usable + underlying OS needs its memory too
- External harddrive for storing VM images as internal harddrives in laptops suck for lot of I/O - in current hardware generation better be sure it's already USB3

You can get by with lesser than this but given price of the HW these days I don't think it makes sense to go with low end specs if you are serious about running more than one VM at the same time.

Answered 02/27/2011 by: ksaunam
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