Ubuntu – About Virtual Machine, Windows7, and a secure workflow

Ubuntu – About Virtual Machine, Windows7, and a secure workflow

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first, pardon my english as it is not my native language
Here is my question :

I run a PC with a dual boot with Windows7 (running mainly Adobe After Effects, Cinema4D and a bit of Adobe Premiere, for professionnal purposes) and Xubuntu (for more personnal purposes : scrivener and writing tools, mail, evernote, and mainly to access internet)
I switched to linux 6 years ago because I was tired of all the softwares that were needed for “protection” in W7 (firewall, antivirus, antimalware and so on) and I love the fact that linux is fast and light.

But I still need a Windows machine to run Adobe After Effects. As I want my Windows7 to stay light, safe and stable (if possible), I’d love to keep it away from the internet and get rid of every heavy softwares on it (in an ideal way, id love to run a “minimal” W7 with only the adobe suite and C4D on it).

The problem is that, obviously, many times, I need to access the internet while working on W7, but of course, rebooting and switching between the 2 OSs is not a good solution.
So I thought about a virtual machine and asked myself :
is it possible to run a “minimal” W7 installation with no connection to the internet, and to run Xubuntu in a virtual machine, connected to the internet, with all the softwares I need, and of course with the ability to securely share files betweens the 2 OSs ?

According to Elder Geek’s answer, I have considered the option of having Ubuntu as a host but i’m afraid it will slow down w7 too much. I especially need all the graphic card capabilities. So I wonder :can I set a firewall in w7 that blocks everything except the VM ? Will it works then ?

If not, according to you, what would be my ideal workflow ?
Thanks a lot guys, for taking time to read ! Hope my question makes sense.
Emmanuel.

Best Answer

  • The answer is yes you can run a minimal Win 7 installation with Ubuntu as the host. (the host machine needs to be connected to the internet for the virtual machine to have access. )

    What I would recommend is to run a Win 7 minimal install as a virtual machine with Ubuntu as host and prevent the VM from using the network that you have open for use on the Ubuntu host. Workflow is a matter of opinion so I’ll leave that alone. I’ve effectively used this approach hosting windows 7 and also windows xp under virtual box to run those applications that only run under windows that I can’t do without.

    As you can adjust the number of cores and the Graphics memory from the VM settings I think you can get reasonable performance from this approach although some tweaking may be necessary for optimum performance.

    You can disable the VM connectivity to the network from the VM settings as shown below,

    VMNETconf as well as share storage as necessary between the host and the VM.

    Source: Experience..

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