Altiris Software Virtualization Solution

October 9, 2007 in 5 out of 5 stars, A piece of software, Free, Productivity, Virtualization

What is it?

Altiris Software Virtualization Solution: A software prophylactic that any PC user can easily use.

It's software that allows you to install most any piece of software on a virtualized "layer." Then at any time you can remove the layer or deactivate the layer and it's like it never existed on your system at all.


Who makes it?


Why is it the killerest?

First of all, it's very easy to use. It sounds intimidating, but it's not, give it a try.

I have a client who needed me to rip some video off the web. It was streaming video and there was no easy way to do it, but there were several spooky looking software programs that claimed to be able to do it for me. I didn't want any of those vile characters with their spyware diseases and other incendiary cargo gumming up my system. Furthermore, after the first program didn't work, I didn't want it fighting with the second one I installed (and 3rd and 4th and 12th). It was a dirty, filthy job and when it was done my system needed a long hot shower. Enter SVS. Because I had installed each piece of software on its own layer, when I was all done, I deleted all the layers, and my machine never knew we'd visited the red light district.

This software can also be used in an enterprise setting to deliver "software packages" (or layers) out to other computers.

Additionally, you can even find pre-virtualized software packages available for download now. Install, test and play with confidence.

What could be improved?

It's PC only.

It doesn't work with some software. (Software that sinks deep hooks into the system. But this is rare.)

How much does it cost?

Free for personal use, $29-$55 for multiple node settings.


Reviewed by Carson McComas

Get free blog updates and tips by email