Author Topic: Using VMs  (Read 1454 times)

DaveT

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Using VMs
« on: March 18, 2012, 12:40:53 PM »
Is using VMs really a viable alternative to using physical machines, even for system tests?

7cats

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Re: Using VMs
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012, 11:40:14 PM »
Using VM is really useful for Functional level tests, when there is a good chance installing the code or running a function could bring down the whole system.  Plus the VM often provides some extra tools useful in debug.  But a VM is a SIMULATION, not the real thing.

For a System Test, whose purpose is to test the subject in a System Environment, a VM is usually not appropriate.  You want the real system, not a simulation, with real system resources and real system load and interactions.

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SimonKLP

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Re: Using VMs
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2012, 07:12:47 PM »
Test teams rely heavily on Virtual Machines now......mostly good, but 7cats points are valid!

Mike_Doon

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Re: Using VMs
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2013, 08:10:17 AM »
Interesting post, I would be interested to know the outcome :)


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