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Tutorial on virtualization

The tool you’ll need’s called “VMware Player” in order to boot virtual machine created in VMware workstation 7.1.  You can go to VM Ware‘s website, register and download it, or download it from this link if you want to skip confirmation e-mails, etc.
Next thing you need to download is the virtual machine itself. There are several on VMWare website in the form of Virtual Appliance.

Installation
Next thing you do is installing VM Player. Installation is like any other . After the initial boot Terms and Conditions dialog appears:

Accept them and click on OK. VMWare Player will start.

 

Open Virtual Machine
Now you need to unzip the 5GB virtual machine you have downloaded, so we’ll be able to open it in VMware Player. This will take a while.   When the virtual machine has been unzipped, click on Open Virtual Machine and navigate to the .vmx file.

Locate the file and open it. You may happen to get this dialog :

In this case, click on “Take Ownership” and that will do the trick.
Your virtual machine will now show up in the list on the left side of VMware player dialog, ready to run. 

 

Before you do that you can change virtual machine hardware settings, according to available memory on your Host machine. (This is your actual Windows machine on which you are running VMware player. Machine running inside the VMware is called guest machine.) Virtual machine vill take some of your memory and processing power, so check the Memory tab. DO NOT CHANGE NUMBER OF PROCESSORS. If you do this, the guest machine will not run because it’s initially installed on 1 CPU machine.
Set Up Networking

Networking is a trickiest part to comprehend. In practice, you’ll use only two ways of connecting the virtual machine to the internet:

  • Bridged mode means that Host and Guest machine will share your Host’s network card like those are two separate network cards. If your Host machine has IP address 192.168.1.1 you’ll have to setup 192.168.1.2 address inside your Guest machine, as you would on any other computer you’d connect to your home network.
  • NAT mode, on the other hand, should do the trick by itself, since it simulates the router. It’ll use your Host computer IP address 192.168.1.1 as the WAN (internet) address, and give your Guest machine(s) addresses from private IP addresses range, like 10.10.0.1, 10.10.0.2 … Just like your DSL router does. If you don’t have to access your virtual machine from outside (internet) then you can use NAT to simplify configuration.
Now you can click on OK and “Play virtual machine” . 

This is very important step. If this dialog show’s up :

Make sure you click “I moved it” . This way you will keep registration information I entered for you . Otherwise, it’ll clean up Serial and Activation, so you’ll have to activate windows again in 30 days.

Using Virtual Machine
When the system boots, you’ll have a computer inside the computer . 

I was using VMware Workstation 7.1 (a bit more advanced version of VMware player) when I took this picture. It’s the same thing you’ll experience.

I installed Magic disk so you can mount Windows Server ISO’s in C:Everest software, or SQL Server ISO’s. All Everest installations are here too.

And that’s it . I’m not sure if Player has Snapshots like Workstation does. That would allow you to go back in time when you’re trying to upgrade everest, with a simple click on a button. Like breadcrumbs. You can check that out if you wish. I can’t do it since it’s Workstation OR Player only. They cannot coexist on the same machine.