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UnixReview.com: VMware Workstation 2.0

Aug 11, 2001, 20:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Holman)
"VMware Workstation 2.0 is exceptionally intuitive to load and run. The instructions on the Web site are implicit and detailed. Along with the instruction is a notice that there is no support available for the evaluation version.

I downloaded both the tarball and the RPM to see which was easier to install. I had no problems with either one from the command line. Red Hat has a little work to do on the installation of RPMs from the GUI, however. To get the program, I had to enter my vitals and receive the key. This wasn?t a key, however; it was a license that I had to put in my root folder. (Now there?s one way to reduce the size of the download.) After I ran the ./Install, the setup script took over.

This setup script takes the mystery out of configuration. It asks whether you want to configure the host file system to allow the virtual machines to access the host file system. It will set up host-only networking, which is needed to access the host file system. The setup script will also probe for unused private subnets and probe the kernel for you. The script is very verbose. It comes back to tell you that it found a perfect match when looking for dependent modules. Then it probes Samba. It suggests that you look at the Samba configuration file to make sure it doesn't conflict with any real-world setups."

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