Wednesday Oct 17, 2007

Recursive VM

Recently decided to try out VMWare ESX.
  • ESX offers two management interfaces, a desktop client or a browser interface. Neither support the Mac.
  • It looks like you must use the "Virtual Infrastructure Client", a windows app, to get started using ESX
  • Took me a little bit to figure out how to get ESX running inside Fusion. Virtualization.info had some good pointers. Watch out if you're copying from the web for "smart quotes". Curly quotes will crash VMware right quick

The results: a really silly screenshot. What, you may be asking, is that? It would be Joomla appliance from rPath running on ESX running on Fusion, with the VI client running on Windows running on Fusion. It worked amazingly well, though joomla booting was a bit slow - about 30 min.

In case you're wondering, the key lines to add/edit in the vmx file are:

scsi0.VirtualDev = "lsilogic"
ethernet0.virtualdev = "e1000"
monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = TRUE
monitor_control.vt32 = TRUE

Tuesday Aug 21, 2007

SXCE B70 & Vmware?

I eagerly downloaded build 70 of SXCE last night. I've been curious to try out the new installer I've been hearing about for some time.

Good news: the install was as easy as I could have hoped. It's pretty, not ugly motif, seems to work well, didn't ask me inane questions.

Bad news: first, it was slow. 1+ hour. Second, I installed this into VMWare fusion with a 20gb disk and 1gb ram allocated. Install went fine, but now I can't actually boot the thing! I get the GRUB screen, then nothing - just a blank console with a blinking cursor. Bummer.

Edit: Rumor here is that there's a bug in SXDE, I'll post as soon as I find out if it's fixed.

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