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VB Script
Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition. Interpreted scripting language for creating scripts that can be embedded in HTML pages or for creating ActiveX Controls. Meant to be an alternative to JavaScript for Microsoft die hards. VBScript is also comparable to JScript.

viewer
An stand-alone application used to display files of different formats. For example a QuickTime move viewer or a JPG file viewer.

Virtual server
An account on a web hosting server, usually linked to its own domain. This provides an inexpensive way to run a web site with its own top level domain, and is usually indistinguishable from having a separate physical server, except that the virtual server may share an IP address with other virtual servers on the same machine. A virtual server account is fine for most uses, but will often be slower to respond than a dedicated server, and physical access to the machine will seldom be allowed. The cost of a virtual server account is a small fraction of that needed to run a real server, mainly because of the expense of the dedicated line needed to connect the server continuously to the rest of the internet.

Virtualization
A process/software designed to reduce server management costs through automation, while providing more control over service levels.

Virus
A virus is a malicious program written to do as much harm as possible. Viruses can spread themselves over the network.

VPN - Virtual Private Network
A virtual private network is a method of accessing the private network in a secure way over public communication lines and networks.

VPS - Virtual Private Server
A virtual private server provides the features of a dedicated server on a machine that is shared by other Web hosting customers. Customers therefore get hosting services that are similar to that of dedicated Web hosting without sacrificing privacy or performance.

 
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