Automated App Compat virtual machines for IE testing

Posted: 2013-10-26

I very very very rarely need a windows install for anything. However - today I needed to talk to something that only has a windows driver.

This got me looking for ways to get a simple virtualized box running - which led me to this github repo: Automated installation of the Microsoft IE App Compat virtual machines

So - first step was simply to install virtualbox (or in my case update it).

Then - all you have to do is

curl -s | bash

Or if you want specific IE versions (since this is really for IE testing - e.g. IE7 and IE9):

curl -s | env IEVMS_VERSIONS="7 9" bash

More details are on the github page - including info on snapshots (which can help you get around the 30 day limit - just revert to the original snapshot).