Install VMWare XP for Oracle SOA Suite
Written by Anil Passi   
Friday, 05 January 2007
Why do I need VMWare?
I wish work on SOA Suite i.e. BPEL Process Manager. Installation of BPEL Process Manager will install an Oracle Lite database too.
I didn't want to mess up my PC in case I configured BPEL wrongly.
Hence I had two options:-
a. To buy a new Desktop Machine
b. To create a new Windows XP Virtual Machine within my existing  Desktop machine.

I went for option (b). However you may decide to skip this step in case you are happy to Install Oracle products on your main OS.

Went to http://www.vmware.com/download/
Also downloaded "VMWare Viewer" and "VMWare Importer".

I then install VMWare Viewer and VMWare Importer on my main PC.
Once I did the above to installs, I realised that I first need to build a new Image[new virtual machine within my existing machine].
For all future references, I will call my existing Machine HOST, and Virtual Machine within it GUEST.

Hence, you may do the following :-
1. Download "VM Workstation" and install it.
It might prompt you to de-install the "VMWare Viewer", which you must do[as workstation comes pre-installed with Viewer]

2. Run the VM Workstation software, it will prompt you to change the Hard Disk Size for VM[Guest Machine].
I changed that to 20GB, and change the RAM for Guest to 740 MB approx.
I kept the name of the new VM to be "XP Machine 01"

3. Did NTFS Formatting of that 20GB space in QUICK mode.

4. Inserted the Windows XP CD  into drive.

5. VMWare installer then installed the virtual machine. It took 30minutes for the entire process to complete.
Uses following names/conventions
Name of the new Machine : dell
Comp name : dell
Password : xxxxxx
Made this computer a part of domain WORKGROUP

Next, I realised that I couldn't access internet from my GUEST PC. Did a bit of google search.
Next I went to "Virtual Network Settings" in the VMware Workstation Software.


And changed the VMNet host to "VMnet1" under the tab labelled NAT.



Hey presto!! my internet was now working from GUEST machine.


Here is how the new XP machine Looked like in VMWare.





Comments (5)add
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written by balkrishna , June 11, 2007
hi this product of the VMWARE is free or i have to pay for that (specially workstation ) ..i will try to do the same installation on my PC ...i will come back to you if i got some problem

Thanks
balkrishna
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written by Anil Passi , July 13, 2007
There is 1month free trial on Workstation.
But you can install VMWare Server too, which is 100% free

Thanks,
anil
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written by Anuj Malhotra , August 07, 2007
hi,
I installed VM worstation 6 and now able to use it. but i am not able to move any file from host mahcine to the guest machine. i want to install .EXE file in this guest machine but I am not able to move the file from host to guest machine. Please let me know how I can do that.
thanks
anuj
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written by Anil Passi , August 07, 2007
Hi Anuj

In VM, you can create shared folders. Simply google for adding shared folder using VM Worstation.

By doing so, you do not have to physically download the file again onto your machine

Thanks,
Anil
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written by Nethi N Rao , February 22, 2008
Hi,
oracle corp has come up with its own native oracle vmware called Oracle VM but the configuration and installation is little bit tedious.

Regards
Nethi.

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