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Comments: VMware Player running your own Ubuntu installation


Today I installed the Ubuntu 5.10 distribution in a virtual machine. A few people asked me if this was possible, and if so, how to do it. So I decided to give it a try, also because I have my development machine in a dual boot set up, using Kubuntu, besides Windows XP Professional, and I want to give the virtual set up a try because then I can run a GNU/Linux distribution next to Microsoft Windows XP.

Read the rest of VMware Player running your own Ubuntu installation.


You can use the VMware player to figure out the optimal memory setting. Click on the "Player" button once you're running, then Troubleshoot, then Change Memory Allocation. The player will tell you how much memory the VM should have, and let you fix it in the GUI.

Posted by Josh at 02:59 GMT on 29 November 2005

Thank you very much for the great tutorial :) it was very helpfull :) I love it.

Thanks :)

Posted by Hazz at 10:24 GMT on 6 December 2005

Or you can just download it from here: VMTN Ubuntu Virtual Machine :P

Posted by Judofyr at 13:32 GMT on 10 January 2006

Thanks, that's very good news!

Posted by John Bokma at 20:30 GMT on 10 January 2006

anybody knows is it possible to get higer screen resolution then 1024x768, using breezy on vmplayer? I mean is there any restriction from vmplayer? Im asking cause i set the resolution during the install process on 1280x1024 but when i go to dypley prefs in ubuntu the highest what i get is 1024x768?

r there vmtools for ubuuntu around?


Posted by ubunty at 16:00 GMT on 5 May 2006

Hi, Thanksk for putting up this great post - very useful. I tried following the procedure to install Ubuntu on my XP machine. it all worked fine except that after I removed the ubuntu.iso from the \my virtual machines\Ubuntu folder after the installation, it appears that the installation(vmk)still points to it - bringing up some message. i can 'OK' on that and go on with the installation . I suppose the vdmk file ought to be edited for that scenario

Please help

Posted by ire at 08:09 GMT on 21 June 2006

Perhaps, I'd need to rephrase my previous post/comment:

In adapting your procedures to my installation and needs, I have placed the ubuntu.iso file in the \my virtual machines\Ubuntu folder during installation.

I however removed that after the successful installation . Now, on boot, the configuration seems to look for the ubuntu-6.10-install-i386.iso and flags an error if it doesn't find it there. The boot process proceeds after the error and without the .iso returned though. I suppose the file Ubuntu.vmx needs to be edited somewhere along these lines but I'm not sure where and how

file Ubuntu.vmx [code] #ide1:0.fileName = "auto detect" #ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"

ide1:0.fileName = "ubuntu-6.10-install-i386.iso" ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-image" [/code]

Then again, you mentioned the following Remember, if you want to use the CD player you have to delete the following two files from Ubuntu.vmk after you close the VMware Player:

ide1:0.fileName = "ubuntu-5.10-install-i386.iso"
ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-image"

and uncomment the following 2 lines by removing the # sign:

#ide1:0.fileName = "auto detect"
#ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"

How should these be in the light of my installation? By "if you want to use the CD player", I suppose you mean that if the user would boot from CD- I am not doing that. Could you explain any further please?

Thanks for an excellent posting

Posted by ire at 08:34 GMT on 21 June 2006

@ire - by "use the CD player" I mean as the actual hardware device. If you remove the 2 lines that make the CD player for the VMWare player point to the ISO file, and uncomment the 2 lines given above, you can use the actual CD player from Ubuntu. Meaning, if you put a music CD in it, you should be able to play the music from Ubuntu.

Posted by John Bokma at 20:27 GMT on 21 June 2006

Great how-to post! I had tried a couple of different methods to get Ubuntu running VMWare on my WinXP laptop, and this is the only one that worked!

Posted by pappatom at 19:04 GMT on 23 June 2006

Very use- and helpful, thank you very much.

Posted by helped at 10:29 GMT on 29 July 2006

i needed to add the following line to ubuntu.vmx:

ethernet0.connectionType = "nat"
Posted by bla at 10:14 GMT on 1 August 2006

Posted by ap at 08:34 GMT on 21 August 2006

Great tutorial, thank you!

Posted by John at 03:04 GMT on 5 September 2006

I tried what you mentioned in this tutorial. But I see Windows 98 booting menu. Can you help ?

Posted by Vishwesh at 06:15 GMT on 17 May 2007

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