You may these days have heard of the project Folding at Home. It is an initiative at the global level that is take advantage of the potential “wasted” of the computer equipment we have in house. It seeks to foster collaboration among people to give birth to a project of distributed computing. Employee in the beginning to use the resources of personal computers in performing simulations of protein folding relevant to diseases and other molecular dynamics, in these moments is used to combat the Coronavirus.
And at this point we can think about what this has to do with Microsoft. As much, and is that the giant from Redmond, given the number of teams that make use of Windows has decided to explain how you can be part of this project facilitating the steps necessary to achieve this.
To fight against the Coronavirus
The company based in Redmond has given the instructions for all those who want to be part of the project to do so by the help of the resources offered by your personal computer. For that, Microsoft has shared a script PowerShell will allow users to run the client Folding at Home safely in Windows Sandbox.
Windows Sandbox is safe environment to perform testing on our equipment without compromise Is therefore a desktop environment, isolated and temporary you can run software that is not reliable without us having to fear performance issues in our PC. Windows Sandbox is a closed environment, only for testing, which we run on time and whose effects disappear once we close.
The aim of this script is that you install the latest client Folding at Home in Windows Sandbox, being in this case necessary to have enabled this option in our team. To do this you need to open the Windows browser and enter in the function “Enable or disable Windows features” and the best option to do this is to use the search function of start menu and type “Activate or deactivate features…”.
In the window “Windows features” you can access the hidden functions of the operating system, among them, the “sandboxed” Windows. Once activated, it remains only to restart the computer to access the Windows Sandbox. Once started, you just have to use the start menu and find the application Windows Sandbox to run it.
With the script provided by Microsoft and Sandbox enabled, the user must open “PowerShell” or “Command prompt as administrator” and run the following command line:
Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File. Installfoldingsandboxonhost.ps1
If you also want to add the user name, you must add the option -username:
Powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File. Installfoldingsandboxonhost.ps1 -username
In addition, in its commitment to the open source software, Microsoft has created a repository in GitHub for users to contribute ideas that improve the performance that can offer Windows Sandbox.
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