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how to install linux on vmware?

rumana amin
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Please guide me installation of Linux on VM Ware.
Peter Johnson
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First you need the installation ISO. Tell VMWare to create a new virtual machine, mount the ISO ans then start the VM. From there, it is just like installing on a regular PC. Though after you complete the installation, you should install the VMWare client tools.

Alternative: download a vmware VM that alreayd has Ubuntu install - google should turn up some places to download one.


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Tim Holloway
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To expand a bit on what Peter said...

There are basically 2 ways to get Linux running in a VMWare VM. One is to download, install, and boot an "appliance VM" that's already configured and ready to run. I have a Wikimedia VM that I got this way, and have constructed 2 appliance VMs of my own; a mail services VM with sendmail, dovecot and mailman in it, and a development support VM with SVN and Trac in it. VMWare has a gallery of such appliance VMs, I think, and Google can turn up other sources.

The other way to get a Linux VM up and running is to build it from scratch. Allocate a virtual hard drive (5 GB is usually good for a basic OS), construct a virtual machine from whichever VMware "control panel" you are using, attach a virtual CD-ROM/DVD to boot off of (or you can do a network-based install if you are up to it) and boot off of the virtual CD-ROM (which can be representing a physical CD/DVD or an iso file).

About the only other major consideration is how to configure the virtual network. You have 3 options. VMWare allows a VM to own one or more fixed IP addresses, forward certain ports from the VM host, or run an IP masquerade.


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rumana amin
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Thank you both for immediate response. I'll follow the path.
 
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