[SATLUG] virtual box

Jeremy Mann jeremymann at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 14:23:59 CST 2008

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 2:10 PM, gboswell <gboswell at cis.sac.accd.edu> wrote:
> Jeremy Mann wrote:
>> There is also a trick with VMPlayer that uses an empty disk image file
>> and setting ide0 to an ISO image. This tricks the VMPlayer into
>> booting the ISO image, which then lets you install whatever operating
>> system you want inside the empty disk image.
> Jeremy, is there an article or more complete description of how
> to do this. I have students who really dislike, justifiable, VPC but
> need a virtual environment {Linux or XP}. I have used Virtual Box
> on the Mac with great success but would like to be able to offer
> an alternative free option.

Sure Boz, check this article out:


Basically its as easy as:

1. download the empty premade disk image (IDE for Windows, SCSI for Linux/BSD)
2. download the vmx template file
3. Edit the vmx file and change memsize to a value
4. Edit the vmx file and change ide1:fileName to the full path of your
downloaded ISO
5. Start VMPlayer with your vmx file
6. Install and enjoy!

Jeremy Mann
jeremy at biochem.uthscsa.edu

University of Texas Health Science Center
Bioinformatics Core Facility
Phone: (210) 567-2672

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