These types of things do exist. I saw a 600 machine automated test lab in action in Redmond, which runs a few thousand test cases a day. For each test, an operating system + locale is automatically dumped on the machine, and the test case starts (the ones I was watching involved running various installations of Visual Studio.Net). It really does depend on what you requirements are. What are you building? How many machines? What do you want to automate... Now, you said, originally, that you didn't want to buy/configure multiple machines. Hence the VMWare suggestion. Now you are saying you do want to build/test on multiple machines - someone else's presumably? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ : Hard to believe nobody else has had this need, or that : there's no place we can turn to find a group of machines for : this purpose... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Again, it probably depends a lot on what your needs are. Cheers Ken Microsoft MVP - Windows Server (IIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From: "bruce" <bedouglas at earthlink.net> Subject: RE: [thelist] Development Environment : Wwe're looking fot the ability to simultaneously build/test : across multiple platforms if required... as well as to be able : to speed up the build/test process... A VM type of app runs : across one machine, we'd still require : multiple machines... : : What we really need is the ability to access a bunch : of machines (ala a compile farm) across the 'net. Hard : to believe nobody else has had this need, or that there's : no place we can turn to find a group of machines for : this purpose... : : Thanks : : Bruce : : : -----Original Message----- : From: Beau Hartshorne [mailto:beau at hartshorne.ca] : Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 11:44 PM : To: bedouglas at earthlink.net; thelist at lists.evolt.org : Subject: RE: [thelist] Development Environment : : : Bruce, : : VMWare can do what you need. There is a 30-day trial of their product : available from their web site. Here's the site: : : http://www.vmware.com/products/desktop/ws_features.html : : Beau : : > collab, (and the cost that they charge!!!!) does anyone know : > of a solution that offers the developer different : > systems/Operating Systems and the ability to build/test my : > app on the various systems.