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Clifton Craig
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I'm installing WindowsXP on my Kubuntu Dapper desktop today. See my blog for the play by play. I may need some help along the way.
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Joe Ess
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Looks like you botched the blog url, but lucky for me you had it in your profile.
VMWare is teh roxor. I'm using VMWare Player to run Suse 10 from within XP whenever I need a more friendly environment.
My hint: There's a 30 day free trial for Workstation. Plenty of time to get a good VM set up (especially vmtools). Then you can use Player, which is free, to use your VM from then on.
Good luck with your project. Don't forget the VMware discussion forums in your search for answers.
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Clifton Craig
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Thanx Joe. I'm still getting used to the url tag here. Yeah I finished my VMWare and XP install and I'm very pleased with the results. All I need to know now is how to share files between my real machine and my virtual machine. In other words, how do I get all of the files from my Windows partition into my virtual windows install. Linux can't read/write the virtual disk and I can't read from the actual HD from within my virtual install. There's an option in the VMWare console that allows you to configure the virtual machine to use the actual disk but it's covered with skull and crossbones and reaks of the stench of many dead users who attempted this path.
Joe Ess
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I haven't tried, but I would think you would need to have a disk partition which is readable under Win and Linux, like FAT, or a Samba share that Windows could mount.
I've found that plugging in a USB flash drive on my machine will first mount under VMWare/Linux, so I can copy files there. When I unmount the flash drive, windows picks it up and I read the files. Handy for editing images in GIMP and developing web apps in Windows.
How about using Konqueror and fish?
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Clifton Craig
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All of the advice on this topic covers Linux running as guest under Windows host. I'm running the inverse, a Linux host running a WinXP guest. I did find an easy solution, however. I can just use SAMBA to browse my host share and copy files from within the Windows VM. It sure would be nice if there was a disk mount utility that ran under Linux. Theoretically I suppose I could use wine to install/run the diskmount windows binary but that's the cat chasing the tail that got me into this mess in the first place.
Clifton Craig
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Aww man. File copying is sloooooow over SAMBA. There's gotta be a better way! I'll browse the VMWare forums on this one.
Manesh Kumar
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Joined: Mar 21, 2006
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How about setting up FTP server in one of the OS. Then try to upload and download files. I think you can setup virtual networking and use FTP.


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Clifton Craig
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The file copying is working a little faster now. I'm gonna post updates and details on my blog. I still got a ways to go. Networking isn't working the way I want and I want sound.
Hugo Pham
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Joined: Jul 19, 2006
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Hello guys,


An Idea came to mind when I read this thread. Can we install like three network cards, and have two Virtual machines each picks up a different network card, while the other two disabled ?

I can then have all three of them connected to a switch and communicate to each other through network card ?
Hugo Pham
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Is there much difference between running XP on Linux and running Linux on XP ?

I have been using XP, and lately, I've just installed Ubuntu on a seperate partition. Comtemplating runnning VMware.
Henry Wong
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Originally posted by Hien Pham:
Hello guys,

An Idea came to mind when I read this thread. Can we install like three network cards, and have two Virtual machines each picks up a different network card, while the other two disabled ?

I can then have all three of them connected to a switch and communicate to each other through network card ?


I don't think this is necessary with VMware, all the virtual machines should be able to bridge to the one NIC. On my ESX and GSX servers, I run many virtual machines, at the same time -- and they have no problems getting an address from DHCP and talking to each other.

Henry


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Hugo Pham
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Hello Henry,

Thanks for the correction.

Something came up when I browsed this thread. I would like to pursue even though it's a bit off topic. Let's say I want to learn to take the MCSE, and I want to have three different Windows machines, Could I do as I described above ? Say I will have an Windows Server 2003 installation, and with VMWare, I then install two other virtual XP Pro virtual machines, and have them commnicate with each other by using 3 network cards in the same box. I can use this to practice. Is this possible ? Thanks.
Hugo Pham
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Henry,

I have just perused your message again, and it seems as though with DHCP from the Router, we only need one network card, cause it's the assigned IP's that would be different. But would you say 3 network card be better ? Would there be any network traffic collision if you use only one nick.
Henry Wong
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Originally posted by Hugo Pham:
Henry,

I have just perused your message again, and it seems as though with DHCP from the Router, we only need one network card, cause it's the assigned IP's that would be different. But would you say 3 network card be better ? Would there be any network traffic collision if you use only one nick.


Sorry for the late response...

VmWare is capable of simulating NIC cards -- meaning the OS that is running the player (or workstation, GSX, ESX) will actually see a virtual NIC card to the VMs.

You may configure it anyway you want. You can have the VMs with a direct connect to the main OS through the virtual NIC. You may even have the VMs nat'ed using an internal DHCP, through the virtual NIC. You may have each VM be bridged to a particular NIC, or all the NICs, etc. It is really quite a flexible system.

Since I generate, and throw away many VMs, I generally configure a template to use DHCP and bridge it to the NIC on the box. Tons of VMs sharing the same NIC on the box, with multiple IP addresses, runs fine.

Henry
 
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