Like I mentioned in a previous blog post, I highly recommend that IT consultants purchase a copy of VMware Workstation. You can install it on your laptop and easily create virtual environments to test out things you might commonly run into. For example I have a test environment set up on my laptop for all the Windows OS’ I commonly see at client sites. Then if I need to test a new patch, or try out a new solution I can just try it out on one of my test virtual machines. If it blows up I can just revert back to my last snapshot.
Now having said that, VMware is offering a new deal if you buy it now. If you buy VMware Workstation before July 6th, 2009 you will get a free online training course from VMware. This is great for those of you who are just getting started in the virtual world. You can take advantage of this offer here.