How do I create virtual machines for testing in VMware Workstation 6?

By Steven S. Warren

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As an information technology professional, especially one working as a consultant, you must stay current on a wide range of different technologies, including the multitude of operating systems on the market. Just to keep up with Microsoft, I need to run Windows 95, 98, NT4, 2000, XP, Vista, Server (2000, 2003, 2008), and other permutations of the Windows operating system. Running all of those operating systems on separate machines is just not practical. Steven Warren shows you how to install and configure VMWare workstation so that you can run any software you want inside a virtual machine.

The specifications for the machine that I used in this How do I... are: Gateway GT5628 Intel Core 2 Quad CP Q6600 @2.40 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive.