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Ease-of-Use Tips for the Desktop

Setting up a Ubuntu VM Guest on a Linux VMware Server Host

  • June 18, 2007
  • By A. Lizard

These are short and easy things to do which can make your Linux desktop even more convenient than it currently is. Trying Ubuntu out without changing your distribution or creating a new drive partition or installing it on another HD, setting up OpenOffice so ability to read/write Windows Office 2007 word processor documents are what you'll learn how to do today.

The instructions assume you've got a working VMware Server, perhaps one you set up to run a Windows VMware guest. If you don't, I recommend you find VMware Server instructions specific to your distro.

Installing a Linux OS on an installed VMware Server is relatively easy. Start the wizard by: From the main VMware Server Console tab: Push the "Create a New Virtual Machine" button.

Install as you would anywhere else. You may find that it can't see all the USB peripherals connected to the host in Main VMware Window > VM > Removable Devices > USB devices. See the Troubleshooting section later in this article for the most likely problem/solution.

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