VMWare Server - Use Physical WinXP?
woyciesjes at sbcglobal.net
Wed Aug 29 12:51:57 UTC 2007
Michael James wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 11:10:20 am Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>> My laptop has WinXP installed on sda1, and Ubuntu on sda2. Has anyone
>> with a similar setup used the Wizard in VMWare Server to use the WinXP
>> install as a guest to Ubuntu? To be precise, if I try this, I'm
>> wondering if the WinXP install will get hosed....
> Boot into the native windows install and go to the hardware wizard.
> Create a "vmware" profile as well as the default one.
> You could all the existing profile "native" or "hardware".
> Don't bother to change anything in either profile at this stage.
> Re-boot into Ubunto and fire up VMware.
> Give the virtual machine access to the raw Windows partition.
> Boot Windows within VMware and choose the "VMware" profile.
> Windows will say something to the effect of,
> "Wow things have changed, do you want me to adjust?"
> Saying yes will only change the "VMware" hardware profile,
> leaving the "Native" one for real boots. (if you ever do that again...)
Cool. Thanks for the info. So my existing, working dual-boot setup will
survive. Of course, usual precautions apply, like backing up the
important data from Windows... :)
Also, I did notice in the VMWare docs, that when you are running WinXP
in the virtual state, you should _not_ have that partition mounted in
Linux. So in my case, that means I should add "noauto" to the
appropriate line in /etc/fstab...
> QUESTION 1: If anyone knows how to make Windows
> choose the right profile automatically please let us know.
Well, IIRC, when you have a WinXP laptop with a docking station, it
correctly figures it out then. How? Beats me. Something in the circuitry
of the dock?
Hmmm, just looked at the properties of a hardware profile in WinXP.
There is a option of specifying that it is a portable computer. Maybe
you need to make sure that option is chosen? In there, there are fields
for Dock ID & Serial Number. Those could very well have something to do
with profile auto-detection...
> QUESTION 2: If anyone knows how to make a Linux install
> re-run hardware detection and configure itself
> to a different hardware environment, please let us know?
> Imagine taking a system dist to a new machine...
Hmmm... Ya got me...
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