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VMware is well known and has a reputation for ease of use. Many of its core products are free of charge (but not open source).

With an AMD x86_64 Ubuntu OS as host, it is necessary to install ia32-libs prior to using it.

  • VMware Player is the most basic version of VMware available. It's designed to play existing VM images. There are many existing, downloadable images for free Operating Systems. In addition, sites like EasyVMX allow for free creation of new VMXs, allowing Windows to be installed and run in VMware player.

  • VMware Workstation is more advanced, and includes a built-in VM creator, as well as the ability to capture an OS snapshot at any point in time. With VMWare Workstation you can also use an existing physical partition as a virtual machine. VMware workstation requires a paid license to use.

  • VMware Server is aimed at hosting virtual servers. It includes a configuration console and web based configuration access. This is also free from VMware. AMD64 users should see VMware/Server/AMD64

Installing Ubuntu in a Virtual Machine

  • Download an Ubuntu .iso image.
  • Create a new VM from VMware booting from the .iso

Installing VMware Tools

The VMware Tools can be installed on an Ubuntu guest VM to improve its performance. See VMware/Tools for instructions.

VMware (last edited 2014-01-20 18:19:00 by cprofitt)