On Windows, use VMWare. I’ve run into problems with Oracle VirtualBox and Windows networking, although it works very well on Linux.
On the Thinkpad T420s I needed to enable VT-x (Virtualization support) in the BIOS setup under the Security-Virtualization menu.
For a Core i5 vPro with four cores, I assign:
- Four GB of RAM
- Two processors
- 32 GB of disk in a single file
On my hardware (Thinkpad T420s) I’ve had problems with Fedora. Ubuntu derived distributions work fine, including Linux Mint. I’ll assume that you’re using Linux Mint 16 Petra 64-bit.
I’ll download the .iso version via BitTorrent. Both VMWare and VirtualBox can mount and use ISO files for VM installation, plus it boots significantly faster than physical media.