Sunday Mar 16, 2008

Provisioning and Deploying to a VMware Fusion Virtual Machine

The project I work on requires me to deploy to an OpenSolaris-based machine. However, the machine is going to be moved to another location which means it could be down for a week, so I thought I would take the time to set up a virtual machine (VM) using VMware Fusion on my Mac. It seemed like a good idea, particularly since I've worked with hypervisors like Fusion in my last project. Unfortunately, the app is quite large so it did not work out too well. I started with SXDE 1/08 and after provisioning it with all the needed software and deploying the apps into glassfish, the VM ended up slowing down and its size ended up approaching 18GB! Hopefully, the next iteration of the app will be consolidating several apps into a smaller number so it might eventually work.

I intend to write more about my experience. For example, I started writing some info on how to get the latest Java Desktop System (JDS) to run in the VNC server that comes pre-installed. See this link. Thanks go to the people in the OpenSolaris forums that helped me figure it out.

Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Installing SXDE on VMware Fusion 1.1 Beta

I recently installed Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) on my Mac using VMware Fusion 1.1 Beta. It's not as straight forward as it could be so here are the details. Based on the SXDE instructions, I had to modify the default configuration for Solaris 10 to create a VM with 768MB of memory and 20GB of disk. I also had to add the line below to the ".vmx" file to get Solaris to run in 32-bit mode. See this link for details.

monitor_control.disable_longmode = 1

Installing the VMware tools enables features such as integrated mouse movement and cut and paste and its installation is documented in the VMware manual. Hopefully, the final release of Fusion will have these problems fixed. I've also installed SXDE on the latest version of Parallels 3.0 and am in the process of comparing the two of them.

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