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Old 08-25-2007, 12:02 AM   #1
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Installing Slackware 12.0 on VMware player without burning CDs


First of all, I have a Windows machine running XP, I've just downloaded and installed VMware Player, and I've created a vmx configuration file at www.easyvmx.com. I've also downloaded the 3 Slackware installation iso's.

What I'd like to do is install Slackware on my VMware machine without burning 3 CD-r's. As I understand it, I need to change the file name from "auto detect" in the vmx file to the name of the iso. I'm confused on a few things at this point. First of all, is there already an iso file in the zipped file or do I have to create one somehow? Also, if there are 3 installation cd's, do I need to add all 3 to the vmx file? I'm new to both Linux and VMware so as you can see, I'm not really sure where to start exactly.

Any help is appreciated!
 
Old 08-25-2007, 04:56 PM   #2
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http://johnbokma.com/mexit/2005/11/0...tallation.html should give you enough to get you going. Obviously, you'll need to change the relevant bits to Slackware.
 
Old 08-25-2007, 05:27 PM   #3
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I use Daemon tools to emulate a cd to a drive letter (or 2 or 3 etc)

http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/down...tegory&catid=5

Example from one of my vmx files:
Code:
# Settings for physical CDROM drive
ide1:0.present = "TRUE"
ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"
ide1:0.startConnected = "TRUE"
ide1:0.fileName = "auto detect"
ide1:0.autodetect = "TRUE"

# Settings for physical CDROM drive
ide1:1.present = "TRUE"
ide1:1.deviceType = "cdrom-image"
ide1:1.startConnected = "TRUE"
ide1:1.fileName = "X:\"
This gives me my actual CD/DVD drive and also a virtual one on X where I can mount an iso file

Last edited by The_JinJ; 08-25-2007 at 05:31 PM.
 
Old 08-25-2007, 05:32 PM   #4
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Don't know about VMware Player but in VMware server one can submit an operating system as an iso for installation as a guest system.
 
Old 08-25-2007, 06:19 PM   #5
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O.K., I added the path to the iso in the vmx file and it worked. My only problem is that there are 3 iso's, not just one, and when the first part of the installation finishes, it asks for the next CD. Is there a way to configure the vmx file so that the 3 iso's will be detected automatically?

So far, my only option is to download the dvd iso which includes everything. Being a single file, I'm pretty sure that's what I need.
 
Old 08-25-2007, 07:24 PM   #6
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Just to follow up, everything's working fine. All I did was map the 2nd and 3rd iso file in the vmx config file when prompted to insert the 2nd and 3rd CD during the installation.

Thanks for everybody's help.
 
Old 08-26-2007, 09:25 AM   #7
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Just to follow up, everything's working fine. All I did was map the 2nd and 3rd iso file in the vmx config file when prompted to insert the 2nd and 3rd CD during the installation.

Thanks for everybody's help.
Of course Daemon tools or MS own virtual CD would have worked as well......but glad you sorted it out
 
  


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