Digital Goldsmith was sold to Joanne at Trinity Diamonds back in 2003. It was to become the backbone of the company. Custom design was made easy with this program and the combination of the lightbox gave the look of the small company to be much bigger.
Over the years the software became a more integral part of the company, yet GemVision was not upgrading DG5 (Digital Goldsmith v5) to be used with new operating systems. It was still stuck in Windows XP. We got it to work for them on Windows 7, but forget about upgrading beyond that. So that Windows 7 machine is now crawling and something needs to be done.
What is worse is that GemVision has been sold to Stuller. Good for them, but bad for anyone that is still using Digital Goldsmith. There has been a dedicated effort to move everything on DG5 over to their new CounterSketch program that uses mostly all Stuller stuff.
Here are two screen shots of pieces of jewelry from Digital Goldsmith. You can see that the program itself is very 90’s look and feel, but to some degree this is what makes it really easy to use.
There have been conversations over at the GemVision Forum (http://gemvisionforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=12595.0) asking how to move this to a new computer. The problem is that I did not want to get a new “old” computer running Window 7 as it is no longer supported.
In comes the world of virtualization. I have setup multiple companies with a single server setup that have 3-5 servers running on a single physical box running windows hypervisor software. The issue is this takes a lot of maintenance to do that to keep the servers up to date. I needed something simple.
Oracle has a free software called VirtualBox that makes this a simple setup. You just need to have your machine made into something that can be read by VirtualBox. This is where sysinternals comes in handy. These guys have been making awesome windows tools for a long time. Head over there to find something called disk2vhd. This simple tool uses shadow copy to make an exact copy of your hard drive.
Virtual Hard Disk
Install the disk2vhd software on your computer and then run it. You will need to get both of the partitions from your harddrive on there. One of them holds the MBR, master boot record and if you don’t get that you will run into errors on startup.
This process will take about 30 minutes depending on the size of your drive. I would highly recommend that if you are moving to a new system anyways, you move everything off this computer before you make a copy.
You will need enough space on that original drive to house a copy of the vhd and the software will let you know if you have enough. Once you have a copy of the vhd, you can put that on the new computer ready to move to the next step.
You will then install the VirtualBox software and run the setup for a single system. My target system is a windows 7 machine. I allocated 3gb RAM to it and I put in an SSD specifically for this setup. Oracle has done a pretty good job of keeping this simple. Really it is the original innotek, then Sun, now Oracle who owns this software. They have just left it alone with tweaks to keep it up to date. You cannot go wrong with the price and it works really well. You should be able to figure it out if you have any computer savvy bone in your body.
You can see from the above picture that you can have quite a few machines that can be put into your setup. Typically you will only want to run one at a time.
What I did with Trinity Diamonds is only installed one Windows 7 machine. Took their copy of the laptop, an old Toshiba Portege, and made a VHD copy of it. That VHD was 27GB and used a USB drive to transfer it to the new computer with the extra SSD. Created a folder in the new SSD called VHD which held the vhd copy. I also created a folder called Digital Goldsmith Files and shared it with everyone.
Go through the process for creating the virtual machine. I will add a video to the bottom of this post on how I did it. Then once the computer starts up, VirtualBox will install all of the necessary drivers to make sure this system works. First, I turned off all unnecessary items like windows updates since no one else should be getting into this particular system. Second, put the Digital Goldsmith in the start up menu. I tested the program before that and found that it worked great. In a different post I will go into the process for getting the USB camera setup.
All in all it took about 90 minutes to do the whole thing. Installation, moving files, testing out the program, etc. but now they have a working copy of DG5 and the quickness of a brand new machine running Win10.
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