Virtualization

Check out VMware player


VMware released a free player that allows you to run virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, Server, and ESX Server as well as Microsoft virtual machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery disk formats. You can download the free VMware Player and a pre-built Browser Appliance loaded with Ubuntu and Firefox.

Once you have installed VMware Player and have downloaded the free Browser Appliance, you simply run VMware player and attach the .vmx image of the browser appliance as shown below in Figure A.

Figure A.

Once you choose the appropriate configuration file, your virtual machine (vm) will load. In this example, we are loading Ubuntu Linux as shown in Figure B and Figure C.

Figure B.

Figure C.

You can even take it a step further and visit the VMTN Virtual Machine Center to download additional pre-configured virtual machines from IBM Software, Oracle, BEA, MySQL, Red Hat, etc. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

11 comments
Fil0403
Fil0403

I've used VMware Player before and I loved it, IMHO it's the best free virtualization program.

JTepoorten
JTepoorten

Hi. I've tried VMware Player. I had WinXP Professional SP2 running as the host OS and the gust OS; however, I could not enable sound from the guest OS. Have you been able to get sound out of the guest OS? Thanks. Jas

kpfreelance
kpfreelance

I'm loving it. I'm taking a Unix course and it's great to have a vm appliance so I can practice my CLI. I did't have to create a new partition for another OS and possibly compromise the stability of the OS on my laptop.

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

"compromise the stability of the OS on my laptop." A UNIX partiton would IMPROVE the stability of your laptop (provided all hardware is supported).

Fil0403
Fil0403

"A UNIX partiton would IMPROVE the stability of your laptop (provided all hardware is supported)." A UNIX partition would DEGRADE the stability of his laptop (UNIX partition = < hard drive space = < performance = < stability; he's talking about stability of the OS he currently uses, not stability of UNIX).

MGP2
MGP2

I love VMWare Playre. I'm a student at New England Tech and we use VMWare Workstation at school. In order to do the labs at home, I copy my VMWare Installs to a portable drive and take them home. This way, I can work on them at my leisure, as well as work on them for as long as I want without being hindered by the timeframes of class/lab schedules.

shingon.7
shingon.7

Hey, I am a bit confused on how to use the vmware suite. i currently own vmware 5 and have installed a copy of Suse and WinXP. What is the advantage of using the VMPlayer? Can anyone give me a "For Example"? Thanks! Sam

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

to use the player...well, its free, easy to set up, smaller download then server, portable, and convenient. And, for example, you can create a VM Appliance, and give it and the player to a friend...you can not give them workstation legally. Basicly, player lets you use VMs, not create them. So if you have many vms and need to use one on another machine, you can install player instead of uninstalling and reinstalling workstation.

EValente
EValente

Go to VMWare and check out the free software under "Products". They also have VMWare Converter which allows you to create a virtual appliance of the supported OS. I tried it with XP and it worked well. I am relatively new to VMWare and its workstation product. Player runs virtual appliances and Converter creates them. The Workstation product does all the other things in between and including those features. Like for instance you can take progressive snapshots of the system and run the appliance at different stages of configuration. Dumphrey's point is well taken. If you want someone else to try the appliance you created freely, the Player is the best way to go. As a general comment, I've come to greatly appreciate the potential of virtualization. The encapsulation it provides is incredible. One could run separate machines with optimized OS for their purpose on the same box. Or one can create redundancy by having appliances come on when others fail. Imagine having a firewall appliance, a web server appliance, etc... Virtualization is maturing at a time when multi core and multi CPU machines are becoming very accessible to the general consumer. I believe virtualization can become the driving force behind hardware advancements which, for the cosumer market, has been mostly dominated by games. Lastly, it will drive the use of free OS. How many people shy away from trying new operating systems because of the hasle in installation, and monopolization of hardware? Not so now that you can simply run it like an application...

versuri32
versuri32

Run virtual machines on your Windows or Linux PC with VMware Player 2.0. This free desktop virtualization software application makes it easy to operate.

Peter.Zilbershmidt
Peter.Zilbershmidt

I created three virtual machines by VirtualPC software, each virtual machine with different OS - XP, Vista, and W2000. VMPlayer is able to work with those machines, and its perfomances are better then VirtualPC software. Since I'm dealing with software QA, such a virtualization allows me to test installation issues in more effective way.

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