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									  VMWare

AWPP Conference
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2006
                What is VMWare?

VMWare is a machine virtualisation which provides a
standardised virtual hardware environment in which
guest operating systems can execute.
It goes a further step than the Hardware Abstraction
Layer found in 32 and 64 bit Windows operating
system, by always presenting the same hardware
platform irrespective of what the real hard is. Whereas
HAL provides a layer of abstraction between the actual
hardware and the operating system kernel
                                Virtualisation
There are a number of types of virtualisation.
 – Emulation
      • simulates the complete hardware to host an unmodified OS for a foreign CPU, eg
        Microsoft Virtual PC for Macintosh
 – Native Virtualisation
      • Simulates aspects of the hardware to host an unmodified OS for the same CPU type.
        VMWare fits this category, as does Microsoft Virtual PC for Windows (although the
        OS’s are specifically targeted)
 – Para-virtualisation
      • The virtual machine does not simulate hardware but instead provides an environment
        and APIs modifying the guest OS
 – Operating System level virtualisation
      • Allows multiple instances of various operating systems to run on a machine presenting
        the same hardware environment to the guest as it does for the host.
 – Application Virtualisation, which allows running of application on remote servers
   and desktops, eg Terminal Server, Citrix VNC.
                Components of VMWare
The host operating system can currently be Windows or Linux, and soon Mac
OS X
The guest operating system can be any x86 based operating system.
VMWare provides some additional drivers to optimise the performance of the
Guest OS
VMWare come as
 – VMWare Player which can run guest operating systems but cannot create virtual
   machines. This product is free.
 – VMWare Server which can create, edit and play guest operating systems. This
   product is free
 – VMWare ESX Server is an enterprise product with centralised management. This
   is not free
 – VMWare Infrastructure and Data Centre are premium virtualisation for large scale
   virtualisation
                 Host Requirements
What the Host needs
– Hardware
   • PII - 400MHz (Player) or733Mhz (Server) greater)
   • Motherboard, Video, LAN, Audio - any supported by Host OS,
   • RAM minimum 128Mb (Player), 512Mb (Server) plus requirements for
     Guest OS
   • Hard disk 150Mb (Player) 250Mb (Server) and at least 1Gb free disk
     space per Guest OS
– Host Operating System
   • Windows server OS and most Linux for Server
   • Windows 2000, XP, 2003 server, most Linux distributions for Player
                     Guest Specifications
What the Guest sees
 – Hardware
     • Native processor on host
     • Motherboard Intel 440BX, Phoenix BIOS 4.0 R6
     • VMWare driver for SVGA II video
     • AMD PCNet network card(s)
     • IDE, SCSI, USB, LPT, COM, Wireless networking, FDD, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM,
       emulated CD (iso image) Keyboard, PS2 Mouse but comparable hardware must be
       recognised in host OS
     • Many parameters can be set
 – Guest Operating Systems
     •   DOS, Win3.x, Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2000, WinXP, Win2003
     •   Novell Netware 4.2 – 6.5
     •   Novell Open Enterprise Server
     •   Linux (most distributions)
     •   FreeBSD
     •   Sun Solaris
          What can you do with VMWare
Create standard machine configurations that can be distributed to any Player machine
 –   support, development, QA and learning
 –   Shipping evaluations
 –   Simplifying distribution
 –   Simplify disaster recovery
 –   Take advantage of application in different platforms
Key features
 – Isolation of Host OS from Guest OS
 – Access to host devices
 – Copy and Paste and sme drag and drop between Guest and Host,
 – Adjustable memory
 – Powerful networking options
 – Configurable shutdown, resume
 – Can run virtual machine created with other software, eg Virtual PC, Symantec Livestate
   Recovery
 – Run local or remote guest images
 – Downloadable appliances
                             Resources

VMWare http://www.vmware.com
Microsoft Virtual PC http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx
Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vmware
VMWare appliances http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/directory/

								
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