Virtual machine

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A virtual machine (VM) is basically a software implementation of a physical computer. A characteristic trait of a VM is that it provides an isolated virtual environment such that the operating system installed on the VM executes as if it were installed on a physical machine and that it has access to all of its resources. This allows multiple VMs to be run concurrently on a single machine wherein changes made to one VM wouldn't affect other VMs on the machine.