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Linux is free and open source software that can be installed on a variety of hardware like computers, mobile phones, gaming consoles, mainframes and servers. Today's datacenters are increasingly employing Windows and Linux software for their servers, with Linux's forecasted CAGR growing by about 28% annually for physical servers and 44% for virtual servers. Programmers and administrators are increasingly seeking Linux skill upgrades and this technical note should serve as a guideline for them while installing VMware products in a Linux environment. There are also a few tricks and tips to help administrators fine tune the performance of their Linux virtual machines. Readers with working knowledge of Linux operating systems, VirtualCenter 2.5, Update 2, and ESX 3.5 Update 2 will be able to use this note effectively. The paper discusses Linux Support on VMware ESX, Installing Linux in a Virtual Machine, Installing and Upgrading VMware Tools, Cloning a Linux Guest Operating System, VMware Update Manager, and Linux Time Synchronization Recommendations as separate topics. Topics of the paper are tailored specifically to users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
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