Although there a different methods like installing dual OS on the same system, but when you have only one workstation, & you want to play with multiple OS on the same computer, VMware comes to play a power role then. Yes its right.
Having your Favorite Guest Operating System(OS) on Linux with VirtualBox 3.0.0 is great for those who like working in linux as the host OS & want other OS in addition there. Running multiple OS on the system is the choice of various curious programmers who indulge themselves in working on different OS on the same PC which is very helpful to get knowledge, understanding the technology behind them & how they works. So, now looking at VMware.
What is VMware?
VMWare is application software that provides a virtual computer on which you can install another operating system.The virtual computer or virtual machine(VM) runs as if it were a real operating system on a real computer with real devicesThe VM has its own CPU, memory, hard disks, and other I/O devices.
Host operating system is the one that runs VMware Workstation. Guest operating system is the virtual OS. The host OS can be either NT-based Windows or Linux (RedHat, Mandrake, SuSE). The guest OS can be DOS every flavor of Windows, Linux, BSD or other OS that runs on an X86 platform.
- VMWare can boot iso images
- Snapshots can be taken (up to 100 per VMWorld)
- Videos can be taken using VMWare tools
- You can drag and drop between the host of virtual OS easily
VMware Server will run on any standard x86 hardware, including Intel and AMD hardware virtualization assisted systems. The host operating system can be Windows or Linux. This article assumes you are using a Windows XP machine as the host operating system. The most important thing you should know about installing VMware server is that it will use significant amounts of your RAM.
VMware Download & Installation
1. VMware server is available for FREE. However, even though it is free, you must register to obtain a serial number to use it. To register, go to the Download VMware Server website and don’t forget to Register. By registering, you will receive a VMware Server serial number, save it in a notepad for later use.
2. Click the Download Now link then click Yes to accept the end user license agreement. On the next screen, click that you want to download the Binary.exe file. It is an executable, RUN it when downloaded & then it will download the VMware server.
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3. To Install VMware, open the setup & inside the VMware installation wizard, click Next to get started. Accept the license agreement and click Next. Take the default of a complete installation by clicking Next. If you are running Windows XP as your host operating system, you may get an error message, simply click ok.
4. If you have autorun enabled on your CDROM drives, you will now see a window. Click Next. Finally, click Install to begin the installation. The setup will proceed and VMware server will be installed.
5. After the installation is complete, you will be asked to provide customer information. Enter your User Name in the box provided & paste that Serial Number in the proper box on the VMware customer information screen. Click Enter, Installation Wizard completed and you must restart your computer.
Going with the First Steps to Start VMware
1. Looking on VMware after installation, you may notice is a VMware Server Console button down on the quick launch section of your taskbar.
2. If you click on the VMware Server Console button on your taskbar, the console will appear, now click OK to connect to your local host VMware system.
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3. The first thing you would normally want to do on VMware server is to create a new virtual machine before installing any new OS.