Alan Stevens says, of course the first question you’re bound to ask is why you would want to use virtualisation to do this. The answer is because it makes the process a whole lot easier, eliminating many of the issues and concerns associated with more conventional approaches. For example, the Nas software we’ll be using here is written for FreeBSD Unix, but that doesn’t matter as virtualisation lets you install and run more or less any operating system on either a Windows or a Linux PC. Importantly too, virtual appliances come already installed, with the necessary operating system (typically a Linux or, in this instance, Unix variant) plus all the application components required. All you have to do is start up the virtual machine and you’re away with, in this example, a built-in web interface to configure the Nas file sharing to suit your network. Read more.