Virtualize Your Current Home windows Desktop

Do you’ve gotten a Home windows desktop? Would you fairly have a Linux desktop? Would you prefer to run Linux as your main OS however preserve your Home windows desktop available as a digital desktop? That is the state of affairs I discovered myself in.

My employer issued me a 32-bit Home windows 7 OS on a 64-bit i5 laptop computer with 8Gig of RAM. Not solely is that extraordinarily wasteful (32-bit OS’s can solely tackle 4Gig of bodily reminiscence), it was additionally not my OS of selection. So, I made a decision to virtualize my Home windows 7 set up and run it inside a 64-bit Linux OS. My aim was to maintain all my company customary packages and settings (together with Home windows area registration) and simply merely run Home windows as a digital desktop as an alternative of my main OS windows 12 release date.

I did this utilizing VMWare vCenter Converter. vCenter Converter permits you to virtualize Home windows 7 within the background when you work. You’ll be able to even save your virtualized exhausting drive to the bodily exhausting drive that you’re virtualizing. You merely begin up vCenter Converter as Administrator in Home windows 7 and stroll via the motions to create a digital exhausting drive. I chosen the format of the digital exhausting drive as Digital Server 1.x and I specified the digital exhausting drive to be SCSI (for some purpose that is the one choice that works). I additionally resized the vacation spot digital exhausting drive to 40GB and I specified that the picture ought to count on a single processor.

As soon as your new digital drive is created, copy it off someplace protected so that you will have it as soon as you put in your Linux distro (I copied it to an exterior HD). Now, pop in your Linux set up disk and exchange Home windows 7 with Linux (I used Ubuntu 11.04).

Upon getting Ubuntu up, set up Digital Field – it is simple and it’ll work with VMWare digital exhausting drives. Create a brand new picture in VirtualBox and add your Home windows 7 digital exhausting drive that you simply created as a SAS SCSI drive. On the methods settings part, ensure that allow IO APIC is checked.

Now hearth up your newly created digital and see your outdated Home windows 7 desktop OS run inside your new Linux OS. And the very best half is, your virtualized Home windows 7 desktop OS will nonetheless keep all of the area configuration data.

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