VMWare Server - Use Physical WinXP?

Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 31 17:42:10 UTC 2007

Rapael Morcha wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 07:12:05PM -0400, 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...
> It's pretty straight forward.
> Perhaps you may want to look at [1].
> [1]
> http://mazimi.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/virtualization-of-an-existing-physical-partition-of-windows-within-linux/ 

	Thanks. I'll try that this weekend, alog with creating a new VM but 
seleting IDE instead of SCSI...

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