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Old 01-07-2004, 12:32 PM   #1
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Move VMware guest from Windows to Linux....


Hey folks,

Here is a little something that I want to do. I don't know if you can do this or not. I've searched the web, even vmware forums.

Check this out.

I have Windows XP Pro installed on my work laptop. I have Slackware 9.1 and some other OS's installed as guest OS's in VMware.

I would rather have Slackware as the Main OS on the laptop, and then have Windows XP Pro as a guest under VMware just to run my Windows based work applications. I don't want to dual boot because I would like to be in Slack and still be able to use my network tools etc....when under XP.

So, my question is this:

Could I built a Windows XP Pro guest in VMware while I still have Windows as my Host OS? I would then copy it up to the network, and then reload my laptop with Slackware Linux. After Slack is loaded I would then just copy the VMware Windows XP virtual machine (from the network) back to my laptop but then run it under Linux?

The final outcome would be my main OS would be Linux and not Windows. I however could still run all my Windows stuff in the virtual machine.

I own a copy of VMware Workstation 4.0 (company bought it for me).

This seems too easy. Has anyone done it or know if you can do it?

Is my question clear ?

Thanks,
Whitehat
 
Old 01-07-2004, 12:42 PM   #2
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AFAIK, you can run any OS under VMware. So then, yes, you could put XP on XP.

And here is what you need to do.

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Old 01-07-2004, 12:55 PM   #3
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Rock on buddy!

Thanks

I think I will be doing this shortly

Peace,
Whitehat
 
Old 01-07-2004, 03:21 PM   #4
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Whitehat, i have heard that its a pain to install vmware on slackware. Be carefull abt what u decide.
 
Old 01-07-2004, 03:37 PM   #5
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Originally posted by vinay_s_s
Whitehat, i have heard that its a pain to install vmware on slackware. Be carefull abt what u decide.
I've already installed it successfully

It was a breeze

In fact, I will have Windows XP running under it soon

Whitehat
 
Old 01-07-2004, 04:00 PM   #6
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white hat, what did u do ??? what format was the vmware package tar.gz or rpm ?? my friends are struggling for it!!

please post link for "howto" and tell me if its rpm or tar.gz format!
 
Old 01-07-2004, 04:05 PM   #7
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white hat, what did u do ??? what format was the vmware package tar.gz or rpm ?? my friends are struggling for it!!

please post link for "howto" and tell me if its rpm or tar.gz format!
I could post a how-to if you like, but I am almos positive that someone else here posted a link to a college or something.

Here is a link (courtesy of Cerbere on another thread here at LQO):
http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~jbyrne/vmware.htm
Disclaimer: I have not used this link to do my install, so I don't know how accurate it is.


If anyone thinks that this will be usefull, let me know, and I can write a newbie How-To for VMWare and Slackware.

Peace,
Whitehat

Last edited by Whitehat; 01-07-2004 at 04:09 PM.
 
Old 01-08-2004, 12:11 PM   #8
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Please do write a howto.
Any resource for slackware will be really usefull for anybody!
 
  


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