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Best OS for vmware?

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by nugget, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. nugget
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    I'm going to pick up some more RAM and a HD and set up a machine with vmware on it. What would be the recommended base OS to host vmware?
     
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  2. Phoenix
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    personaly id say WinXP Pro
    i mean, im all for VMWare on linux, but X Windows isnt as fast as it could be, and getting VMWare setup correctly in linux can be a pain, im currently trying to get it to work on a FreeBSD Virtual machine and if i do ill replace XP with BSD on my laptop, if i cant ill have to have some form of dual boot system

    i would stick with Windows XP Pro, with a decent processor/mem

    good luck mate
     
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  3. nugget
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    Thanks for the tips Phoenix. ATM I have only 1 xp pro license so I might have to use 2K pro to start and then upgrade it sometime.
     
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  4. Phoenix
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    what do you mean mate?

    as your VM is only for testing and trailing
    and is likely to be wiped alot
    you could install your current version of XP as the guest and just not activate is, there is no need to!! as you will wipe it frequantly, the same goes for servers using trial editions
     
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  5. mattwest

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    Come on then Phoenix, explain to me how VMWARE works etc?

    I know there is an article about it you wrote but how do i get the software ?

    And what do i do when i've got it ?

    So if i understand its a piece of software that i can install that will allow me to "load" another OS of any type (that i own i take it?) and play with it on my current machine, without actually over riding what i've got ?

    Just interested as it sounds V interesting! :D
     
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  6. Phoenix
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    VMWAre emulates an entire PC, not just an OS, you install the OS on that emulated PC

    you get it from either the link in my Master Class post in Linux and Unix
    or you buy it for 200 bucks :P

    VERY worth it in my books

    more in the article :P
     
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  7. nugget
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    Phoenix, that is what I will do but I was asking about the host os. As far as I understand it you need a host os to install vmware on, then you install the guest os's through vmware and after this you can install as many times as you like.

    Have I misunderstood this? Do I need to install the base os, then vmware, then guest os's every time?
     
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  8. Phoenix
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    no no

    the host OS is your current windows XP install
    the one your talking to me now on

    install VM Ware on that

    the guest os is then whatever you want!!
     
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  9. nugget
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    That's what I thought but my XP is on my laptop and I want to do this on my workstation.
     
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  10. Phoenix
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    well err, what os is on your work station?
     
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  11. nugget
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    2K pro, 2K server, 2K3 server, SuSE 9.0/9.1 or combinations of them.
     
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  12. Phoenix
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    Just to clarify
    when i say XP would be best i mean XP/2k Pro, i use them interchangably for alot of things due to thier similarity
    what i meant was windows over linux at this point :)

    but a server will have alot of software not required, so go with a workstation and cut down on the graphic feauters to increase performance
     
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  13. nugget
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    ok will do 2kpro
     
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