Monday, February 6, 2012

TIPS - Desktop Virtualization by VMWare Player

For year I've been using Microsoft Virtual PC, Virtual Server and Hyper-V. However, since the introduction of Windows 7 and XP mode, I've been experiencing many problems with Microsoft's virtualization. Recently, I reviewed and tried VMWare's Player, which is free for personal use. It's ease of use, better hardware support, the amazing Unity mode (guest and host OS like in unity) as well as the Linux host support makes me give up my devotion to Microsoft virtualization.

  • To convert your physical computer or virtual machines (VHD) to VMWare's vmdk files, use VMWare's vCenter Converter Standalone (http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html)
  • To download the free VMWare Player, you need to register a user account on VMWare; after registration, you should find the different versions of VMWare Player
  • VMWare Player supports Ubuntu Linux 32/64bit and other platforms like Windows 7 32/64bit, which means you can have a Ubuntu host machine with Windows 7 guest OS
  • Download a virtual applicance for free (http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/80)
Notes: If you see this - "could not find component in update server..." when clicking "Install VMWare Tools...", you may try this link: http://softwareupdate.vmware.com/cds/vmw-desktop/player/4.0.1

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