Creating VMware Server 2.0 Virtual Machines

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So far this book has focused on installing VMware Server 2.0 and gaining familiarity with the VI Web Access interface. The purpose of VMware Server is, of course, the creation of one or more virtual machines running guest operating systems. The VI Web Access management interface makes this task easy through the use of a wizard interface which guides the administrator though the step by step process of configuring and creating new virtual machines.

Accessing the Create Virtual Machine Wizard

The Create Virtual Machine wizard is launched from within the VMware Infrastructure Web Access interface (for more information on accessing and logging into VI Web Access read the chapter entitled A Guided Tour of the VMware Server 2.0 Infrastructure Web Access Interface).

Once logged into the VI Web Access interface, the New Virtual Machine wizard may be invoked in a number of different ways:

  • From the Virtual Machine menu option select Create Virtual Machine
  • With the host selected in the Inventory panel, click on the Create Virtual Machine link in the Commands section of the Summary or Virtual Machine page of the workspace.

Creating a New Virtual Machine

When loaded, the Name and Location screen of the wizard will appear as follows:

The VMware Server 2.0 New Virtual Machine wizard

On this screen, the virtual machine should be given a suitably descriptive name such that it will be easily distinguished from other virtual machines running on the host. In addition, the datastore of the virtual machine (where files such as the virtual disk images will be stroed) also needs to be specified. By default a single datastore will have been specified during the VMware Server installation process. To add additional datastores simply click on the Add Datastore link in the Command section of the host Summary workspace and configure the desired storage location.

Once the virtual machine has been named and assigned a datastore, click next to configure the guest operating system type as illustrated in the following figure:

Configuring Virtual Machine Guest OS settings

The guest operating system is selected by family and version. For example, once Windows operating system has been selected, the specific version must then be selected from the drop-down list.

Officially Supported Guest Operating Systems

Guest operating systems fall into two categories, officially supported and unsupported. As with host operating systems, just because a guest operating system is not officially supported does not necessarily mean that it won't run as a guest operating system in VMware Server 2.0 virtual machine. For example, Fedora Linux is not, at the time of writing, an officially supported guest operating system, yet based on testing it appears to function perfectly well within a VMware Server 2.0 virtual machine.

With this information in mind, the following tables list the current officially supported guest operating systems:


Microsoft Operating Systems (64-bit)

Supported Versions

Windows Server 2008 x64

Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition

Windows Vista x64


Business Edition, Ultimate Edition

Windows XP x64

Windows Server 2003 x64 Standard Edition

SP1, SP2, R2

Windows Server 2003 x64 Web Edition

SP1, SP2, R2

Windows Server 2003 x64 Enterprise Edition

SP1, SP2, R2

Microsoft Operating Systems (32-bit)

Supported Versions

Windows Server 2008 

Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition

Windows Vista 

Business Edition and Ultimate Edition

Windows XP


Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition

SP1, SP2, R2

Windows Server 2003 Web Edition

SP1, SP2, R2

Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition

SP1, SP2, R2

Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition


Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition


Windows 2000 Server

SP3, SP4

Windows 2000 Advanced Server

SP3, SP4

Linux Operating Systems (64-bit)

Supported Versions

              Mandriva Linux 2006
              Red Hat Enterprise Linux

5.0, 5.1

              Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 


              Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 


              Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS


              SUSE Linux

9.0, SP1, SP2, SP3

              SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

10, 10 SP1

              SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.0

SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4

              SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 

10, 10.1, 10.2



              Open Enterprise Server

SP1, SP2

              Ubuntu Linux

8.04 7.10, 7.04, 6.10, 6.06, 5.10, 5.04

Linux 32-Bit Guest Operating Systems

  Mandriva Linux 2006
  Mandrake Linux 10.1
  Mandrake Linux 10.0
  Mandrake Linux 9.x
  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1
  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
  Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4.5
  Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4.5
  Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4.5
  SUSE Linux 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3
  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1
  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4
  SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, 10.1, 10.2
  openSUSE 10.2 (formerly known as SUSE Linux 10.2)
  Open Enterprise Server SP1, SP2
  Ubuntu Linux 8.04
  Ubuntu Linux 7.10
  Ubuntu Linux 7.04
  Ubuntu Linux 6.10
  Ubuntu Linux 6.06
  Ubuntu Linux 5.10
  Ubuntu Linux 5.04

Sun Solaris 64-Bit Guest Operating Systems

  Solaris x86 Platform Edition 10, update 3, update 4

Sun Solaris 32-Bit Guest Operating Systems

  Solaris x86 Platform Edition 10, update 3, update 4

Novell NetWare 32-Bit Guest Operating System

  NetWare 6.x Server 6.5 SP6

Configuring Virtual Machine Memory and CPU settings