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How do you copy a physical hard drive to a Vmware virtual hard disk?

Is there any way to copy a physical hard drive to a virtual drive for use in Vmware Workstation?
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When shall I use linked vs full VM clones?

I've seen documentation for the Full and Linked virtual machine clones, but I can't seem to fully understand when I should use one over another. I see that the full clone creates a copy of the VM, but ...
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Will setting up a VM with more than 1 cpu/ core actually improve performance?

When I use VMware workstation I can set the VM with multiple cores. I am actually using it on a machine with dual core and 4 logical cores. So would I really improve the VMS performance by using more ...
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Disk shrink does not work on ESXi guests

EHLO everyone! My first post on the StackOverflow network :) We're running some ESXi 5.0/vCenter infrastructure to host mainly Debian 6/amd64 guest systems with ext3 partitions and open-vm-tools ...
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Running VMs in a background on VMWare Workstation

I am trying to run a VM on VMWare Workstation in sort of 'background' mode, basically I want to start it without a console and connect to it via ssh only. Is it possible?
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VMware - Create VM out of a current desktop

is there any tools available that i can run on a desktop to create a complete copy of it that i can use to run in VMWare Workstation 6.5? Also I did use the import feature to do it to one desktop but ...
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What software is available to simulate a LAN?

I've been using VMWare to simulate a simple LAN (a DC and several workstations hosted on a single machine). The LAN will be used as a test environment for software that is currently in development. ...
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Can an x86 host run x64 guests?

Is it possible to run x64 guests on x86 host in VMWare Workstation 6.5? It would probably make my life easier due to notebook device drivers... Edit Just to make it clear. I also added my CPU to tags....
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Expand disk space on Ubuntu 10.04 (VMWare Guest)

I need to resize the disk space of an ubuntu guest in VMWare Workstation. After using the expand disk utility in vmware workstation, I need to do some linux magic to resize the parition. I have ...
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Limit VMware Virtual Ethernet bandwidth

I'm looking to simulate a 56KB modem connection in a VMware Workstation virtual machine. I remember reading this was possible, but forgot how?
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Moving Vmware Workstation VM to another host causes reactivation

I need to find a solution for developers using virtual environments with VMWare Workstation 7. We develop in different and incompatible environments. Presently almost a week is lost when modifying a ...
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CentOS 7 Minimal Install doesn't comes with networks scripts? Which version to use then? [closed]

I'm installing CentOS 7 as virtual machine but I'm having some problems related to network. As image shows I select Minimal Install for later add trough YUM any packages I want as for example: PHP, ...
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Migrating virtual (VMWare) workstations from AMD to Intel hardware

We're a small dev team that runs instances VMWare Ubuntu hosted on AMD x64 machines. Our hardware will be upgraded to Intel i7, but we want to continue to use the virtual images we've built. But ...
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Choosing between XP Mode and VMware for development on Windows 7

I'm a programmer, and am about to upgrade to a new Windows 7 machine (quad, 4GB). Problem is some of my dev tools (e.g. PowerBuilder) do not support 7. I'm thinking about using either XP Mode or ...
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VMware in Linux breaks my ALT, CTRL and/or SHIFT keys. How do I fix it? [closed]

After using Windows or Mac OS X as the guest OS in VMware for Linux, sometimes my ALT, SHIFT or CTRL keys break and stop working. So I can't use ALT+Tab, for example. Does anyone know what the cause ...
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What makes RDP so great? Is it really faster than connecting to a VM via admin console?

I use VMWare Workstation as my virtualisation application, however, everyone really belives as RDP being the ultimate way to connect to a VM due to speed. What makes RDP so great? Also, I remember ...
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Access already mapped network drive in PowerShell

I am running a Windows Server 2012 installation inside VMWare Workstation. I have shared folders enabled, so drive Z: is mapped to \\vmware-host. I can correctly access this drive in Explorer (I can ...
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Using Virtualization (vmware or virtualbox) to setup ipv6 network

So I'm working with a Windows 7 host and have both Virtualbox 4.0.10 and VMware Workstation 7.1.4 installed. I have been trying to create an IPv6 network that is host only to communicate between the ...
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Num Lock goes off when entering a virtual Server2008 in VMWare Workstation 7.1.0 ? (on Win7 x64)

How do you keep Num Lock on when entering a virtual machine in VMWare Workstation 7.1.0 on Windows 7 x64 so you don't have to enter that key every time?
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Windows Server 2008 freezes when I run programs as administrator

I am working on a machine running Windows Server 2008. Every program I have tried to run (firefox, notepad, wordpad) works fine, but if I right-click on any item on the desktop or the start menu and ...
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Using WDS to image a virtual machine using PXE boot fails, suspect issue is in WDS configuration

I'm trying to convert a site imaging procedure from (install old image, update image, recapture image) to (have image on VM, update, snapshot, sysprep, capture, roll back to the snapshot). The first ...
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Convert EC2 instance to VMware workstation

How can I export one windows instance (with active directory, SQL, SharePoint) from amazon (EC2) to my local environment, and be able run it on a local VMware workstation? I have used the VMware ...
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Tcpreplaying using VMware

This is more like a testbed setup question. I want to use VMware to debug some networking code in the linux kernel in the VM. My VM has two network interfaces. What I want to do is replay the capture ...
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Networking problems in VMWare with wireless bridge

Barebone data: virtualization: VMWare Workstation 6.5 (latest) Host: Windows Server 2008 x64 Guest: Windows Server 2008 x86 Host network adapter: Ethernet (see comment) Host network adapter: ...
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Why does my ntpd not work?

Edit I've tried all your suggestions, but it seems that ntpd just refuse to synchronize to the server. [vivs@peter-centos ~]$ /usr/sbin/ntpq -np remote refid st t when poll reach ...
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Edit Hard Disk Serial Number with VMware

I'm virtualizing a Rockwell AssetCentre Server and I'm looking at Disaster Recovery scenarios. This server contains a lot of other Rockwell Software like RSLinx, Logix 5000, Logix 500, and more... ...
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VMware 7: Processors vs Cores

I just bought a shiny new copy of VMware Workstation 7... and I noticed some new options for processors: Number of processors & number of cores. I'm running VMware on an i7 Quad core. How do ...
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Testing VMware ESXi 5 on VMware Workstation 8

I keep getting an error message when trying to setup ESXi 5 on VMware workstation. The ESXi installer boots up and there is a progress bar at the top. When this bar 'fills up' the installer wants to ...
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Accessing shared folders from Ubuntu (guest OS) in VMware Workstation ACE Edition

I have enabled the "Shared Folders" feature on the VM that runs Ubuntu 9.04. How do I access this from the Ubuntu guest OS? My host OS is Windows Vista Home Premium with SP2. Note: I have enabled "...
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Convert VMware image to Virtualbox image (Guest OS Windows Server 2008)

I am trying to convert several VMware images towards Virtualbox images. I have succesfully been able to convert my Windows Server 2003 image, but I haven't been able to convert any Windows Server 2008 ...
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Cloning a VPS into a local VM?

I've got a fun challenge for you all. A company I'm working with is setting up its development/release workflow and environments. The eventual production environment is a VPS hosted with a popular ...
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Take Virtual Machine ownership Vmware workstation

I have restarted my host OS without turning off VM. Now when the system has restarted then i am not able to power on the VM as it says that VM is already in use. WHen i click take ownership then it ...
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VMWware Optimization

I use VMware on a daily basis, it is slow even though I have a brand new machine with 4 gigs of RAM. How can I speed up my VMWare software? I know one bottle neck is my hard drive, it is a laptop so ...
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How to use VirtualBox as a router without NAT between two subnets?

My host machine is in a 192.168.2.0/24 subnet and I wanted to set up a 10.0.0.0/8 network with various hosts in VirtualBox that talk to each other. So VirtualBox should act as a router between those ...
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How to manage changes to set of cloned Virtual Machines?

I am trying to set up a workable model for development. I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations for Virtual machine software and what process to follow to enable the following: Developers grab ...
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VMware Workstation on Linux: Dropping core files in a shared folder

I'm using VMware 6.0.2 on a RHEL 4.6 host. The VMs are MontaVista CGE 5.0 (2.6.21 kernel). I'm trying to get applications running in the VMs to drop any core files on a HGFS volume, i.e. in a "shared ...
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vmware DNS in host-only configuration

I want to connect a Linux VM running in VMWare on a Windows 7 laptop to an enterprise network using host-only configuration. I was able to setup bidirectional routing between "host-only" VMWare ...
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Building a Dedicated VMware Machine for Testing

I am an independent contractor and as part of my work setup I am currently using VMware Workstation to isolate test configurations and software installs between several customers. Currently I am ...
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Windows Server NT Install on VMware

I need to do some testing on a Windows NT Server environment. I am trying to install Windows NT into the latest VMware Workstation. The 3 boot disks I have for Windows NT are in .exe form. How can I ...
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backing up a virtual machine

I inquired with the support of justcloud.com telling them that I have a vmware vm that I was wondering if it could be backed up while in use. I can back up the vm once it is shut down but I was ...
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VMWare slow performance

I am running a VMware XP sp3 on a Vista host laptop Precision M4400 IntelCore Duo 2.66Ghz 4Gb RAM and 64bit OS. One harddrive not partitioned. The performance is very slow. I have defraged de Host and ...
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Is disconnecting a network cable different from VMware “Connected” option?

I have an application that connects to a database and retrieves information from it. The way it is written is: for every request received, create a new connection to the DB server and retrieve data. ...
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Allow NTP to update by large amounts automatically?

Here is my scenario: I run multiple VMs on my workstation to simulate the production environment. At the end of the day I sleep my workstation (with my VMs running in the background) at 6PM. When I ...
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Unable to ping between host machines and guest vms running on Vmware

In order to learn a bit about system administration, I've installed a Centos vm using Vmware on my local machine running Windows 7. Everything seems to be working fine since I can access the internet ...
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Export snapshot from VMWare Workstation 8

How can I export a virtual machine from VMWare Workstation 8 to another physical computer which has VMWare Workstation 8? i.e. how can I move snapshots between different instances of VMWare ...
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VMWare Workstation virtual vs physical disk?

I recently started playing with VM and saw that I have 2 options when creating a VM, I can use a Virtual Disk or a Physical Disk. I belive using the physical disk would be faster and better and I ...
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Convert Hyper-V img to run in VMWare Workstation

I would like to download one of the hyper-v images offered by Microsoft and run it in VMWare Workstation 7.x. Is this possible? If so, can you recommend a converter (preferably a free one) that can ...
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Windows XP can't install network drivers even in VMware

I'm a sysadmin at a building controls company. We are trying to revive a Building Management Server with very expensive and important software on it. I cannot for the life of me, install a single ...
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how to deliberately get a guest in vmware workstation to perform badly?

I work in a test facility where we have to test some pretty new software on some pretty old kit. The developers who write the software test it on vmware workstation before it gets to me. They all have ...
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How do I create a team in ESXi Server?

I have three VMware Workstation 7.03 VMs collected in one team that works great on Workstation 7.03. I would like to convert/transfer the team to ESXi (I have a working host) but the VMware Client ...