VMWare server and Solaris x86

Well, we're into March already and I've been negligent about blogging more regularly.  As one would typically say: "I've been sooo busy with work". I have been experimenting with VMWare server to put Solaris x86 on my Gateway laptop.  I have Windows XP running as my host OS (need Windows for some .NET stuff) and wanted to get a sandbox for Solaris 10 to play with.  Another reason was to compare the JVM monitoring tools in JDK1.5 on Windows versus Linux/Solaris (more on this later - another good blog subject matter). 

Thanks to Matt who sent me the link to this article by Bill Rushmore which outlines out how to create a virtual machine from the VMWare software.  What also proved to be helpful was this page outlining good resources for installing Solaris x86. 

There are some issues that I need to sort out; namely how to make my Solaris networked when I am on VPN, and also when I use my wireless connection.  It works fine when I am plugged into SWAN at work. As the Rushmore article suggest, I am using the bridged network setting for my VM. Obviously, I still have to dig a bit further for that.  If anyone has any tips, I would greatly appreciate any pointers.
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Comments:

Kim: Glad to see that someone has already put that resources article to good use. And now I'm very interested to follow your experiences with running VMware under W/XP. This gives us another platform for Solaris developers on laptops. Please consider describing your experiences, especially with getting networking to work. Sounds like it could make an interesting article.

Posted by richard friedman on March 03, 2006 at 07:35 AM PST #

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