DBA Tips Archive for Oracle


Legacy Emulation Mode with VMware on Linux

by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator

If you are running VMware Workstation on Linux (Red Hat, Fedora, Suse) as the host operating system, some of the more recent versions of these distributions may have an issue with the virtual machine not reading the physical CD-ROM or DVD drive. If you run into this situation, you can start the VMware software and select the virtual machine in your favorites list. On the right pane, you will see all of the devices defined for that virtual machine:

From this list, double-click the CD-ROM icon or select the "Edit virtual machine options" and navigate to the CD-ROM option.

Which every method you use, choose the "Legacy emulation" option.

One easy way to determine if you your virtual machine is detecting the physical CD-ROM drive is to put a bootable Linux CD into the drive and boot the virtual machine. If you get a message on the console indicating that it is searching for a MAC address, then the virtual machine cannot detect the CD-ROM drive and you will need to enable the Legacy Emulation option like seen in the following screenshot:

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