Oh, wait, my VM is on an isolated network, and behind a NAT, and the firewall is off because windows keeps resolving everything to IPv6 and I just needed to get the databases installed.

Fucking hell Microsoft, make your alerts a little less "end of the world" like, you fucking dramatic bastards!!!

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    ...in addition, I have a firewall on the router.... and MAC address filtering....

    Reckon I'm ok for now.....
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    OMG that tag 😂

    Besides, just switch off the alerts. Windows 10 is an OS for people that need assistance to wake up in the morning hehe
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    @2lazy2debug I can't fine grain it that much, annoyingly.

    As I use 2 network adapters, sometimes the VM kicks off and refuses to connect until I replug the cable connection. The alert is useful for that, but if I disable the security and maintenance alerts, I will lose that as well as the rest.

    Slightly smaller font and a smaller alert box would be ideal, but meh.

    This is a fairly new install of windows too so I'm still tweaking it.
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    @oudalally I recall that you can disable only the alerts you want but I might be wrong
    What about a monitoring system with Nagios?
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    @2lazy2debug WOAH!!! You used the N word???!?!?!?!?!?! Fuck man, you can't do that!!!!!

    Sorry, but I do really HATE nagios so much.

    As it happens, it's not really so necessary, it's not a server VM, it's just my development box so I'm on the machine when it's running.

    I'm not really looking for a solution so much as just venting my annoyance (or amusement, can't quite decide...).

    I might have a delve through the registry a bit later to see if I can change the font size on the alert box.
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    We have a pretty powerful monitoring system on nagios working along with nconf and other tools, I find it pretty cool indeed, but yeah for a development environment it would be over engineering stuff
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    @2lazy2debug Aye, it's just one machine really.

    My linux VMs and Unix server are all in the room with me, so I'm SSH'd into them when I'm using one.

    A monitoring system is overkill for this.

    That aside, Nagios is an amazing piece of software when it's working, but developing for it is a royal pain in the arse!!!!!
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    @oudalally oh, I agree it’s a massive PITA, but it’s satisfying to see it work and centralised on our monitoring screens around the offices :)
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    Is that VirtualBox you're running your VM under I assume?
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    @theKarlisK Nope, VMWare Fusion. I can't stand virtual box.

    It's clunky, difficult to work with, difficult to use and the command line tools are not intuitive.

    What I like is the flexibility that I can take my VM, and drop it onto a VMWare player, Fusion, or ESXi host with no disruption, and that I can manage the VM from a graphical tool rather than the VBox approach where everything is a command line tool that needs a manual to use.

    And before I start an argument about it, I have used VBox extensively in the past on both small and large scale deployments. Its one single redeeming factor to me is that it's free. Other than that, not a fan at all.
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    You can turn off those notifications in the Security config panel, for sure.
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    @xewl You can, but it will also turn off notifications that I actually need at times, I don't have fine grained control of it.

    I'm not actually that bothered by it to the point that I need to do anything about it, it's just amusing.
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    @oudalally I did it a few days ago for a laptop that shouldn't hit the interwebs anyway, so I didn't need it to be fine-grained though.

    Oh well, as long as you're not irritated to the extent of becoming ludicrous, I guess it's fine ;D
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    @oudalally I was actually about to slam Virtual Box ... :D

    VM Ware for the win (Even tho I'm recently finding Hyper-V to be pretty kickass).
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    @theKarlisK Good, good.

    I had such high hopes for VBox. A free, open source virtualisation platform, surely there's promise there... The industry is desperate for such a thing!!!

    I often wonder where it would have improved had Oracle not gotten hold of it.

    I've never had VMWare trash an image before, or suddenly drop all network devices from the VM, or switch to the wrong screen res.

    And why is that? Well, VMWare charge for their premium products, and pay developers to fix the bugs...

    I'm all for open source platforms, but they have to be managed and maintained properly to be usable.

    Netbeans, done properly. VBox, done badly.

    I actually bought licenses for VMWare Fusion a while ago, and I'm pretty pleased with it so far. I've had issues, but they all stemmed from my own mistakes or poorly configured VMs, never from a fundamental flaw in the software.

    And when I eventually get a MacPro 3,1, I can install ESXi, and just run up my VMs directly on it. Lovely.
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    @oudalally Yup - if anything ... Virtual Box is good to teach someone about Virtualization and what it can or can't do. It is, however, an impossible piece of software to work with - it's one of those things that you spend at least 1/4th of the time wrestling with the software by tinkering with/adjusting to get it to work the way you need it until it does or you just go: "bah! Close enough - fuck it!".

    Thankfully I haven't yet experienced any corrupt images or data loss ( I guess I luckily bailed on VB too early). Meanwhile, as you already mentioned - VM ware keeps soldiering on. On a sidenote, there's QEMU and KVM that you can run through libVirt and which can be managed from "virt-manager" ... been fiddling with it on and off and I have found it to be a good open source alternative.
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    @theKarlisK QEMU looks decent, though I've never really tried KVM.

    Not sure I could be fussed switching now, Fusion is a superb tool and integrates really with with MacOS so I can effectively have a VS2017 window open on the mac desktop.

    Parallels used to be ok, but they've tried to cram more in to justify the price, but it dumbs it all down too much so you have to use their stupid wizards for everything.
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    Yeah, from my findings - QUEMU is king on Linux distros (altho you can also install VM ware), meanwhile for MacOS VM ware Fusion is the only solution (other than installing ESXi hypervisor). On Windows - Hyper-V seems to be the next best thing since sliced bread (it's free to any Win10 Pro), I haven't done any performance tests but if you need a stable hypervisor that won't dick you over on a whim - Hyper-V hits the spot, you can manage it both from the Hyper-V management console or do it from Powershell. It also has some other nice features that you get in a hypervisor from the likes of VM ware (like replication to other Hyper-V and/or guest migration) Personally, I feel more comfortable with the Unix commands than I do with Powershell, hence, I like libVirt with it's QEMU better.
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