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Old 09-05-2011, 10:08 AM   #1
dilvid
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Virtual HD native boot


Hey All,

Just wondering if anyone knows of any ways to do this....I currently run Ubuntu and due to my work I run lots of Windows machines within VMWare which works perfectly. I basically need a new vm for each peice of work I do so I backed up a base install and vmware handles this copying fine etc.

Recently I'm having to perform a bit more graphics intesive work....in essence I need to run Unity3d which doesn't do too well in WINE and again I would want to run it as a VM so i can create a base install for each project.

I've looked into vBoot which allows you to boot native into the virtual hard disk....but that's only for windows at the moment. I know you can also mount a .vmdk outside of vmware but not sure how far you can take that.

So my questions are.....

1)Does anyone know a way to natively boot to a virtual HD (.vmdk to be precise) so that the VM can make full use of the hardware?
2)failing that.....Can you boot from Mounted drives? Thinking I may be able to mount the vmdk then choose to boot from it maybe??

Any help would be great.

Dave
 
Old 09-05-2011, 04:23 PM   #2
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I am going to say no you can't. The only way I know of is to use co-linux which is really the reverse.



Also you may be in a legal issue here with the copies of windows. Might watch that in case of audits.
 
Old 09-06-2011, 04:05 AM   #3
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The only way to do it is have Windows installed directly on a hard drive as far as I'm aware.

VirtualBox will allow you to use a real hard drive as the virtual hard drive for a vm, at least with a Linux host. I do have reservations of whether Windows will cope being booted on the metal one minute, then in VirtualBox the next, however. Furthermore, if you're using a retail version of Windows, I'm sure the genuine advantage mechanism will be non too thrilled.
 
  


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