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Distribution: RedHat 8 or 9 (shrike)- Fedora Core 1,2
i have a dual system now with XP and Redhat . my question is if i installed vmware 4.0 on windows do i get to see the redhat , because what ive seen so far or understood is that i would have installed a new OS from vmware.
Yes, Vmware allows you to create another OS on an existing OS. That is if you want to use both linux and windows using vmware, boot into windows and use vmware to create a virtual linux m/c or vice versa (ie. on linux create windows using vmware).
But you can't use the linux OS which you have installed at part of your dual boot while on windows.
No. You can use VMware to boot into your current dual boot setup. That's what I'm doing with Debian and windows. All you have to do is delete the virtual hdd then add a new one, but this time select the physical harddisk....then select the appropriate partitions. Feel free to ask more questions if its not working.
Wait...you have a dual boot, windows and linux. Now you have vmware installed in windows and want to access your linux parition? I am almost 100% sure this is not possible. When vmware installs a system it emulates hardware. The mobo you really have and the mobo that will be in your virtual machines will be different, along with just about everything. So how is vmware going to access something it never made?
Do a custom virtual machine. When it ask you the size of the virtual disk, select RAW partition. VMWARE is going to complain and give you a message box saying "blah, blah, only do this if know what you are doing, blah, blah, you can ruin your OS, blah, blah". Specify your partition but make sure its not mounted. Then hit next, and resume through the wizard process. Add only devices that you want. Back up your windows partition and power on the Virtual machine. Windows will complain or it will just detect and install the devices. I hope you backup your windows partition. You may need it for the next. Reboot your computer and see how much Windows has screwed up. If it has screwed up, you can use the backup. Don't use MS backup. Never works. Use dd in LINUX or Norton Ghost.
If you want to do the right way, you can make a hardware profile. One for native windows and the other for vmware.