Using VMWare Player to make your own images

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Using VMWare Player to make your own images

Postby curlee » Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:18 pm

The concept is simple: use the boot menu to boot from cd and install any operatting system you want. The only problem is getting a virtual image to start with. There are two solutions: use an existing image file and reinstall over it or use a program like qemu to make your own. If you use qemu you are able to specify your own disk size.

Install QEMU
To create a disk image, run:
qemu-img create -f vmdk imagename.vmdk nG
where n is the size of the disk image you want to create

Here is an example config file to use to launch your image:
config.version = "8"
virtualHW.version = "4"
memsize = "512"
ide0:0.present = "TRUE"
ide0:0.fileName = "newvm.vmdk"
ide1:0.present = "TRUE"
ide1:0.fileName = "cdrom drive letter"
ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"
floppy0.fileName = "/dev/fd0"
ethernet0.present = "TRUE"
usb.present = "TRUE"
sound.present = "TRUE"
sound.virtualDev = "es1371"
displayuName = "Test Machine"
guestOS = "otherlinux"

scsi0:0.redo = ""
ethernet0.addressType = "generated"

displayName = "DisplayName"

checkpoint.vmState = "test.vmss"

ide0:0.redo = ""

If you want to disable the floppy drive add this line:
floppy0.startConnected = "FALSE"

Mount your install iso or put our install disk in the drive and start your virtual machine. On boot press esc and select cdrom boot. Install as usual.
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