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Installing VMware Server 1.0 - (Windows XP)

by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator


  1. Overview
  2. Obtaining VMware Server
  3. System Requirements
  4. Installing VMware Server
  5. Starting VMware Server
  6. Next Steps


This article presents the steps necessary to install VMware Server 1.0.3 (4/26/07 - build 44356) on the Windows XP operating environment. The question you may have is, why would an article on installing VMware Server be located in the Oracle DBA Tips section of this site? Well, this product provides a unique opportunity for me to have Windows XP running on my laptop with the ability to install another operating environment (Linux, Solaris x86, or even another version of Windows) on the same machine without the need for dual-booting. VMware Server provides me with a virtual machine that can run any of the above mentioned operating systems simultaneously with Windows XP on my laptop. This provides me with the flexibility to perform new installs or test new features of the Oracle database while not interrupting my somewhat stable Oracle install on the laptop.

With VMware Server, the virtual machine is nothing more than a directory of several files. After creating a virtual machine (Linux, Solaris, etc.) I typically close down the virtual machine and backup the directory to my NAS. Once this directory is backed up, I have a complete copy of the virtual machine that can be restored at any time. This leaves me the ability to install and configure Oracle on the virtual machine without the worry of messing anything up that will take a long time to fix. When I want to go back to a fresh virtual machine, I simply restore the directory and I am done - back to a fresh install.

Obtaining VMware Server

VMWare Server is just one of the free products offered under VMWare's Free Virtualization Products. A free version of VMware Server 1.0 can be obtained directly from their website at http://www.vmware.com/download/server. Before downloading the software, you will be asked to accept the "VMWARE® Server Master End User License Agreement". After accepting the End User License Agreement you will then be asked to Register for your free serial number which is required to start using VMware Server. Registration takes only a few minutes and a valid serial number will be mailed to you instantly.

After registering, download the VMWare Server software (e.g. VMware-server-installer-1.0.3-44356.exe).

System Requirements

I wanted to include this section as a reminder of the requirements you will need to use Oracle with VMware. Oracle alone (9i or 10g) requires 512MB or RAM and around 2GB of hard disk space. These resources will have to be available to your virtual machine plus the memory and disk space required for your actual machine. In my case, I have a laptop configured with 2GB of RAM and a 60GB hard drive. When creating a virtual machine, I typically give half of the memory to the the VM and keep the other half for the laptop. This gives my virtual machine 1024MB of memory - plenty to run either Oracle9i or Oracle10g. As for disk space, I like to give 10GB to the virtual machine. This gives me plenty of room for the Oracle RDBMS software, a database (or two), and spare room to play around.

Installing VMware Server

Finally, we take a look at the installation process. Start the installation by running the file VMware-server-installer-1.0.3-44356.exe and following the screen shots below.

Screen 1: - Welcome

The first screen is simply a Welcome screen. Click [Next] to start the installation process.

Screen 2: - License Agreement

Read over the user license agreement. If you agree with it, click [Next] to continue.

Screen 3: - Setup Type

Select the "Complete" installation type and click [Next] to continue.

Screen 4: - Warning - Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Not Configured

The installer checks to determine if Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is installed and configured correctly. WMware Server users IIS for the WMware Management Interface. If the VMware installer detects that IIS is missing or not configured correctly, it prompts this warning dialog. For my install, I do not have IIS installed and do not plan on using the WMware Management Interface. Acknowledge the warning dialog by clicking [OK] to continue.

Screen 5: - Destination Folder

The default destination folder for the VMware software is C:\Program Files\VMware\. I typically keep the default. Click [Next] to continue.

Screen 6: - Configure Product - CD-ROM autorun enabled

During the installation process, you may be prompted with a dialog box indicating that your CD-ROM is configured with the autorun feature enabled. Some virtual machines will have unexpected behavior when this feature is enabled. VMware provides you this warning and the ability to turn it off. I typically unselect the checkbox Yes disable autorun as I have never had an issue with autorun enabled. This may change for me in the future however.

Screen 7: - Ready to Install the VMware Server components

This screen is pretty much a confirmation screen. To start the installation process, click [Install].

Screen 8: - Installation Progress

The installation process...

Screen 9: - Customer Information / Registration Information

The next dialog asks for user information and serial number for the product. Although this is an optional step (it can be completed at a later time) I typically get it out of the way and enter all information required. Note that VMware sends you a valid serial number by email after successfully registering VMware Server. Click [Enter] or [Skip] to continue.

Screen 10: - Installation Wizard Completed

And that's all there is to it. VMware Server is now installed and ready for you to start creating virtual machines. Click [Finish] to exit the installation wizard.

Starting VMware Server

The VMware installer will create an icon on the Windows Desktop as well as the Quick Launch bar. To start VMware Server click either one of these icons.

The first dialog asks whether to connect to the Local Host or a Remote Host. For the purpose of this article (and the follow-up articles in this series), I will be using Local Host. Verify that Local Host is selected and click [Next] to continue.

At this point, you can start to use the VMware Server software to create (or run) your own virtual machines.

Next Steps

After installing VMware Server, you can get started by creating a virtual machine. Included below are several links I have on how to create a Linux and Solaris virtual machine:

  Creating a New Virtual Machine - (CentOS Enterprise Linux 5.0)
  Creating a New Virtual Machine - (Solaris 10 x86)

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