Help setting up VMware XP host/linux guest on exitsting dual boot system
Ok..so I've decided to make XP the host and Red Hat the guest OS. Was reading that making XP the host is better since it is more of a resource hog and linux is more streamlined. Opinions on this??
I already have a dual boot system. Has anyone installed VMware on an existing dual boot system? Can you offer some newbie advice on the correct setup. Im trying to follow the documentation, but Im having some trouble understanding what to do in my situation.
Should I just reinstall Linux Red Hat or can this work on an existing dual boot setup.
So far... I've installed the vmware software on XP. Then..
I went to create a new virtual machine. Picked linux as guest OS. On memory selection, I kept the default of 256. (Should this be higher?)
I can get a static IP for the system (no problem). But what is the recommended way to set up network access?
1. Use bridge network
2. Use NAT
With the first option if Im reading correctly I'll need two different IP addresses. For NAT only one shared IP. I chose NAT.
Then Select a Physical Disk option comes up...I only have one disk. This is where Im really unsure what to do since I already have the second OS loaded and everything is on on drive. I dont want to mess this up. Should I select Use a physical disk, then choose the partitions? If so what partitions do I select? I was thinking I should choose Partition 1 and Partition 3
This is the current disk layout.
Partition 1 Win95FAT 32 (LBA) 42.1 GB
Partition 2 Linux 0.1 GB
Partition 3 Linux 30.3 GB
Partition 4 Linux Swap 1.9 GB
If anyone could help me not kill my system, that would be very cool.