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VMWare Player: Installation
VMware released a free player that allows you to run virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, GSX, 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. Steven Warren walks you through the VMware Player installation and use with these screenshots. You can read more about Steven’s experience with VMware Player in his The Hot Button blog.
According to the VMware Player Manual, you’ll need at least 1GB free disk space for each guest operating system. VMware Player only requires about 150MB.
VMware Player uses a standard installation wizard most IT pros should be familiar with.
End User License Agreement
You can read the complete End User License Agreement (EULA) on VMware’s Web site.
As with most applications you can change the install folder.
VMware Player offers the standard Desktop, Start menum and Quick Launch shortcuts.
Disable CD-ROM Autorun
If enabled on your machine, CD-ROM autorun will be disabled during VMware Player’s installation.
Begin the installation
With the installation configuration finished, you’re ready to start the installing VMware Player.
You’ll be able to track the installation’s progress.
Click Finish and you’re ready to begin.
VMware Player’s Windows Desktop icon
Opening the virtual machine configuration file
Once you start the VMWare Player you can choose a virtual machine configuration file.
VMware Player and Browser Appliance
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 here.
Loading the virtual machine
Once you choose the appropriate configuration file, your virtual machine (vm) will load. In this screenshot, I’m loading Ubuntu Linux.
Here I’m using the Browser Appliance to access TechRepublic.