In this course you will learn how to use free virtualization software and free, legal, versions of Windows direct from Microsoft for web developers to see how your websites look on different versions of Internet Explorer.
Install Different Versions of Internet Explorer Using VirtualBox Virtual Machines to Create the Ultimate Cross Browser Testing Environment
VirtualBox allows you to run different operating systems just like applications on your current computer.
The big technology companies use virtual machines to maximize their hardware investment and to run several virtual servers on one computer, but you can use virtual machines to test your websites. You can run a number of different versions of Windows and Internet Explorer or Edge on your existing computer without any hardware purchase requirements.
I designed this course to be easy and accessible to beginners. If you've never used virtualization software before, don't worry; I'll show you how. I'll first give a very general overview of virtualization that's just enough for you to get started. I keep it very basic so if you're looking for an advanced virtualization course that will prepare you for certifications this probably isn't the course for you. I focus on the basics.
I'll then introduce VirtualBox, free virtualization software. I'll show you how to install and navigate VirtualBox and then we'll start installing the different versions of Windows.
At the end of this course you'll know how to use VirtualBox to see how your website looks on different versions of Internet Explorer.
Before introducing VirtualBox it's important to gain a basic understanding of virtualization. The key word here is "basic." I'm not going to get too technical here and you'll learn just enough to be able to feel comfortable using an application like VirtualBox. At the end of this lecture you will be able to briefly explain virtualization in case someone ever asked you about it.
Now that you have a basic idea of what virtualization is it's time to be introduced to our main application for this course: VirtualBox. You'll learn who makes VirtualBox, where to go to get VirtualBox (for free, by the way), and where to find the documentation for VirtualBox. At the end of this lecture you will be able to explain key characteristics of VirtualBox.
Learning any new application means learning new terminology. The most important terms to understand with VirtualBox are the "host" and "guest" operating systems. In this lecture I'll explain the differences and take a look at the VirtualBox documentation to see what hosts and guests are optimal for VirtualBox.
Before we start to use VirtualBox you will need to have it up and running on your computer. In this lecture you will learn where to download VirtualBox and how to install VirtualBox on Windows computers. You will also learn how to download and install the VirtualBox extensions to add even more features to the VirtualBox application. At the end of this lecture you will be able to install VirtualBox and its extensions on Windows computers.
Don't feel left out if you have a Mac OSX computer; I want you to be able to install VirtualBox too. This lecture will build on the key concepts learned in the Windows installation video, but this time you will be shown how to install VirtualBox on a Mac OSX computer. Even though I started with showing how to install on Windows, I'll actually be using a Mac computer for the rest of the course, mainly because all of my screen recording and video editing software is built for Mac. From here on out it really doesn't matter if you use Windows or Mac as your host operating system. At the end of this lecture you will be able to install VirtualBox and its extensions on Mac OSX computers.
Now that VirtualBox is installed we will take a brief look at basic configuration and navigation of the software, including how to scale the VirtualBox window. At the end of this lecture you will know how to implement basic configuration using the VirtualBox GUI and how to navigate and scale windows.
The VirtualBox Guest Additions allow you to better interact between the host and guest operating systems.
Here's how to import the downloaded and extracted VirtualBox virtual machine into VirtualBox.
The VirtualBox Virtual Machine provided by Microsoft has an old version of the Guest Additions installed. Here's how you update it.
Since these free Virtual Machines expire, Microsoft recommends that you take a snapshot so that you can go back to the freshly-installed state. Here's how to do that.
Since our purpose is to test websites, I briefly show you how to use Internet Explorer.
Since the process is the same for all of the other Windows 7 Virtual Machines I'm not going to show you how to install those.
Windows 8.1 looks a bit different than Windows 7 so I'm going to show you how to install this virtual machine but since you're already an expert I'm going to do it quickly and all in one video.
Windows 10 looks a bit different than Windows 7 so I'm going to show you how to install this virtual machine but since you're already an expert I'm going to do it quickly and all in one video.
This video contains a conclusion to the course.
My name is Ric and I'm an Information Technology Geek. It all started when I got my first computer, an Atari 600XL when I was about 12 years old (it was new back then). I've since went on to become the Director of Technology for an international oil and gas company and then a college instructor and dean.
I enjoy teaching and my students are a priority. I've taught and developed college courses since 2003 in subjects including Linux, UNIX, Windows, MS Office, Game Development, Web Server Administration, Network Security, Internetworking, Cisco Routing, Cisco Advanced Routing, Cisco Switching, Career Development, and even Mathematics. I've also been a peer reviewer for IT textbooks published by both Cengage Learning and McGraw-Hill.
I currently hold or have held the following certifications: Certified Scrum Master, Titanium Certified Application Developer, i-Net+, A+, Network+, Security+, Certified Novell Administrator, Certified Novell Engineer, Master Certified Novell Engineer, Cisco Certified Network Associate, and Microsoft Certified Professional. Okay, so those Novell ones don't mean so much now, but they were a lot of work so I'm including them :)