Portlock Leap Frog

  • From: chris hallsworth <christopherh40@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 23:02:49 +0000

Thought this might interest programmers.
Hello all.
After using it for a while, it's time I spread the word about this amazing program. This program provides features to manipulate iso and VHD (virtual hard disk) files, however there is one unique feature which until now we haven't been able to take advantage of. Windows 7 has a new way of creating multiboot environments; native VHD boot. This basically means boot an operating system from a virtual hard disk. Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate provides this capability. The only way we could do this was to boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD and perform complex command line tasks to which we would need sighted assistance. This is until I discovered Portlock Leap Frog, which provides a wizard to simplify and automate such a process. It is also possible to set up such an environment on a Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, lower editions of Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008, unlike Microsoft's way. So, in short, Portlock Leap Frog provides a fully accessible way of creating, partitioning, formatting, and installing Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate, Windows Server 2008 R2 and HyperV 2008 R2, as well as adding the VHD entry to the Windows Boot Manager. Using Native VHD boot, you can achieve the same performance as if you were running an operating system from a real hard disk. A classic scenario might be you want to set up multiboot environments without modifying partitions. Another classic scenario is testing and development of applications that use specific hardware, neither of which can be achieved in virtual machines, provided by VMware or VirtualBox for example. For more information, including watching a short video, go to www.portlock.com. You can download an almost fully functional 30 day trial from the above site. The price is $39.95, and is an one off payment. If possible, please spread the word, as this is a unique opportunity to allow us blind and visually impaired users to take advantage of this excellent feature only found in high end editions of Windows. I will do the same.
Thank you.
Take care.

Chris Hallsworth

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