Saturday, 24 October 2009

Run CENTOS VM in background on Windows for Free with VMware

A developer at work wanted to do this and here are the pointers I gave him.
  1. Download VMware Server for free from VMware. []
  2. Download the ISO for CENTOS and put it in your "C:\Virtual Machines" folder, then mount it from within VMware from the "Datastore". [I get them from]
  3. Make sure the Intel VM Extensions are enabled in your BIOS if you have them.
  4. Install CENTOS on VM as you would for a Physical PC.
  5. Setup SSH and SCP and then interact with your box via PuTTY, WinSCP and HTTP.
He seemed pretty pleased with the outcome.

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