VMware server is a virtual machine server that allows to launch guest OS from within a host OS. Its utility for testing new software, and new network configurations is huge!
VMware converter allows to transform any physical computer into a virtual machine. This can be useful when you want to port a given computer configuration to other machines.
Installation under linux
- Download the vmware server for linux.
- Register and ask for a few license keys.
- Install the kernel-devel rpm package for kernel source code recompilation.
- Install the inetd and xinetd.
- Install the vmware server for linux.
- from the shell type:
and follow the installer instructions. By the end, you should have the vmware daemon up and running successfully and ready to install guest OSes.
Installing new virtual machines
- From Applications-->System Tools-->VMware server console.
Toggling between Full-screen and windowed modes
The magic key stroke is:
Expanding the size of a disk
There is an command line utility that can resize your VMachine disk:
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Server>vmware-vdiskmanager -x 20GB "D:\VMmachines\Fedora Core 4 Workstation\Other Linux 2.6.x kernel.vmdk"
Then, you need to adjust the partition to this new size. WARNING: this is a bit dangerous if you don't follow the next commands exactly as written!
- enter as root or su and type:
- list the partitions:
- delete the system partiton(partition 2, probably):
- create a new one:
- p for primary and when it asks the new size, put in the new size(20GB for the example above)
- write the new partition to the disk:
- reboot.. and it should(...) be fine.