Original location: An introduction to VMware KVM mode
Original location: Compare VMware Workstation Pro vs. Microsoft Hyper-V
Original location: Learn how to use VMware's Workstation clone VM feature
Original location: VMware Workstation 16 Pro requirements and installation
In this article I would like to share a few ideas on how to setup a lab environment for vSphere. When I deliver VMware-training it is a frequently asked question by my students how they could run the software in their own lab-environment. For those who own multiple physical servers on which they can run ESXi it is not too difficult. But when your resources are limited you might need to look at other possibilities.
When you don't have hardware that supports running ESXi and you want to setup this OS for testing or educational purposes then installing it in a VMware Workstation virtual machine allows you to run the OS on generic hardware. This article explains how to do this. It is based on VMware Workstation version 10 and ESXi version 5.5. Doing this is also know as running a nested hypervisor because it runs on another virtualization technology.
This article will guide you through the setup of VMware Workstation and the process of creating your first virtual machine. This article is based on VMware Workstation 10, the most recent version at the time of writing, November 2013.
Original location: Can VMware Converter make a difference when using nested VMs?
When your hard disk in a VM is too small it is easy to increase the hard disk size. This article guides you through the necessary steps. We start with a VM running Windows 7 that has a 45GB hard disk. See the image below.
You can shrink a disk from inside a virtual machine running Windows with a command line utility named VMwareToolboxCmd.exe. The disk must not be a pre-allocated disk but should grow dynamically.
Shrinking a disk can also be done from the Control Panel VMware tools entry, but when that is not available you can also do this from the command line. The utility is located in the folder C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools.