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I'm getting a new computer and would like to minimize the time spent configuring and maintaining dev environments on my various machines.

To that end, I'm thinking that creating a vm with my preferred ide and configuration and using that vm for development on all my machines.

I'd like to use Windows 7 as the vm's os.

For those who have tried or currently use an approach like this,

  1. How can I keep the disk image synchronized without resorting to a thumb drive? What are pros/cons (if any).
  2. As I do this first configuration manually, should I record my steps in the interest of scripting them later?
  3. If so, what approach would you recommend for scripting? Cygwin + bash? Ant? Something else? Why?
  4. Are there potential difficulties I should be aware of re: sharing a filesystem? For instance, in A) accessing vm files from the host machine or B) accessing the vm's HTTP server from the host machine?
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I currently use vagrant for the same thing, but with linux boxes and many people use it this way. You might want to "package" a windows base box. I've never tried with windows so do not know how.

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I'm checking it out now but I'm also considering (for anyone else who finds that useful) – kaneuniversal May 7 '12 at 15:51
Also, this: – kaneuniversal May 7 '12 at 15:54

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