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Installing VMware Workstation 6.0 - (Windows XP)

by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator


Contents

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



Overview

This article presents the steps necessary to install VMware Workstation 6.0 (05/09/07 - build 45731) on the Windows XP operating environment. The question you may have is, why would an article on installing VMware Workstation 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 Workstation 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 Workstation, 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 Workstation

VMware Workstation can be obtained directly from their website - http://www.vmware.com. A 30 day evaluation copy is available for download directly from the website. If you decide to purchase WMware Workstation, you can purchase it directly from VMware for US$189. For what this product can do, it is well worth the price.



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 Workstation

Finally, we take a look at the installation process. Start the installation by running the file VMware-workstation-6.0.0-45731.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: - Setup Type

Choose a setup type of "Typical" and click [Next] to continue.


Screen 3: - Destination Folder

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


Screen 4: - Configure Shortcuts

The installer can automatically create shortcuts for easy access to the VMWare application. I generally choose to keep all shortcuts checked. Click [Next] to continue.


Screen 5: - Ready to Install the Program

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


Screen 6: - Installation Progress

The installation process...


Screen 7: - 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. Click [Enter] or [Skip] to continue.


Screen 8: - Installation Wizard Complete

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


Screen 9: - Reboot Machine

After installing VMWare Workstation, the installation wizard prompts you to reboot the machine. Click [Yes] to reboot the machine.



Starting VMware Workstation

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

When starting VMware Workstation for the first time, you are asked to read over and accept the user license agreement. If you agree with the user license agreement, select "Yes" click [OK] to start VMware Workstation.

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



Next Steps

After installing VMware Workstation, 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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