VMWare Server - Use Physical WinXP?

Chris Malton chrism at cjsoftuk.dyndns.org
Fri Aug 31 07:21:30 UTC 2007

I know it is possible.  Perhaps if you get VMWare to emulate the drive 
as an IDE drive?

What the VMWare Site suggests is during the install of XP.  Once you 
have installed XP, it's difficult to inject the driver.  Setting the 
device as IDE (if you can) would be the best bet.  Win XP has the 
drivers for that.


Robin Lewis wrote:
> Hey Dave,
> I did the same thing and got the same Stop error on the BSOD. I looked 
> for few solutions and it looks like windows cannot load device drivers 
> for some boot device (scsi controller in my case).  Vmware site mentions 
> something about installing a lsilogic driver before hand on windows but 
> I am not sure how to do it. Has anybody here been successful in booting 
> winxp in a virtual machine directly from a physical partition on a SCSI 
> disk..?
> -Robin
> Ref:
> http://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/doc/ws_disk_scsi_linux.html
> http://www.vmware.com/download/server/drivers_tools.html
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324103
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314082
> Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>> Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>>> 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...)
>>> 	Hmmm, got Grub error 17... When I created the VM, I chose to use just 
>>> the WinXP partition. I wonder if I should haven chosen the whole disk? 
>>> Probably have to edit Grub so I have plenty of time to choose WinXP. 
>>> Ubuntu is the default...
>> 	Well I tried one using the whole disk, chose to boot Windows in grub, 
>> chose the Virtual machine hardware profile I created before, and got a 
>> BSOD. Stop error....
>> 	Any ideas? I'll continue fiddling...

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