Setting Up a Windows Virtual Machine

Setting up a Windows virtual machine (VM) will allow you to run the DATA RECON GUI to create and save configuration files for use on the DATA RECON CLI.

To begin setting up a Windows VM, you will need to run virtualization software.

Go to VirtualBox’s downloads section to download a copy of VirtualBox:

Install VirtualBox by running the installer and following the on-screen instructions.

For more information on installing VirtualBox, please consult the VirtualBox end-user documentation.

System Requirements

To run VirtualBox, your host machine will need:

  • A recent Intel or AMD processor.
  • At least 1GB RAM.
  • 8GB free disk space.
  • A host operating system that is supported by VirtualBox.
  • A supported guest operating system (in this case, Windows).

Download Windows VM

Microsoft makes its platforms available as VMs for testing purposes here:

On Microsoft’s "Download virtual machines page" :

  1. Select an appropriate version of Windows to run the DATA RECON GUI on.
  2. Select the appropriate platform (the virtualization software that the VM will run on, i.e. VirtualBox).

Click on the Download .zip button that appears on the right.
Click on "" to download a specific operating system and platform for the Windows virtual machine.

Installing the Virtual Machine

  1. Make sure that VirtualBox is installed.
  2. Locate the downloaded Windows VM *.zip file. Extract the virtual appliance file.
  3. Double-click the extracted virtual appliance file (*.ova).
    VirtualBox opens and displays the "Import Virtual Appliance" dialog.
    Example of "Import Virtual Appliance" dialog box for virtual system "IE8 - Win7" with Windows 7 32-bit operating system.
  4. Click Import to start building the Windows VM.

When VirtualBox is done building the Windows VM, the "Import Virtual Appliance" dialog will automatically close.

The Windows VM will display in the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager.
Detailed information of "IE8 - Win7" virtual machine displayed in the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager.

To share folders between your host machine and the Windows VM, right-click the Windows VM in the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager and select Settings.
Input "Folder Path" and "Folder Name" in "Add Share" dialog box to manage shared folders in Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager.

Select Shared Folders in the left panel. Click on the Add shared folder button on the right of the window

Enter the path of a folder on your host machine to share with the Windows VM.

Click Start to start the Windows VM.

Download and run the DATA RECON GUI on the Windows VM to begin creating and managing your configuration files.

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