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1 Overview
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4 Microsoft provides virtual machine disk images to facilitate website testing
5 in multiple versions of IE, regardless of the host operating system.
6 Unfortunately, setting these virtual machines up without Microsoft's VirtualPC
7 can be extremely difficult. These scripts aim to facilitate that process using
8 VirtualBox on Linux or OS X. With a single command, you can have IE6, IE7, IE8
9 and IE9 running in separate virtual machines.
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11 Requirements
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14 * VirtualBox (http://virtualbox.org)
15 * Curl (Ubuntu: ``apt-get install curl``)
16 * Patience
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19 Installation
20 ============
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22 * Install all IE versions (IE7, IE8 and IE9 - no support for IE6 currently)
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24 curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | bash
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25
26 * Install specific IE versions (IE7 and IE9 only for example):
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28 curl -s https://raw.github.com/xdissent/ievms/master/ievms.sh | IEVMS_VERSIONS="7 9" bash
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31 The VHD archives are massive and can take hours or tens of minutes to
32 download, depending on the speed of your internet connection. You might want
33 to start the install and then go catch a movie, or maybe dinner, or both.
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36 Features
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39 Clean Snapshot
40 A snapshot is automatically taken upon install, allowing rollback to the
41 pristine virtual environment configuration. Anything can go wrong in
42 Windows and rather than having to worry about maintaining a stable VM,
43 you can simply revert to the ``clean`` snapshot to reset your VM to the
44 initial state.
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46 The VMs provided by Microsoft will not pass the Windows Genuine Advantage
47 and cannot be activated. Unfortunately for us, that means our VMs will
48 lock us out after 30 days of unactivated use. By reverting to the
49 ``clean`` snapshot the countdown to the activation apocalypse is reset,
50 effectively allowing your VM to work indefinitely.
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