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Creating a live operating system in a VMware environment

Site expert Andrew Kutz answers a user question about creating live operating systems in a VMware environment.

I am new to VMware ESX server and currently have two ESX 3.5 servers up and running. One quick question ...

I would like to upload all of the ISO images I have for Windows, SQL, Linux, etc. that I use to create servers,...

to the VMware server so I do not have to load the CDs. Once I connect to the unit using my WinSCP client, which folder should I use to hold the ISO images? Is there a particular folder that the VMs will be able to access in order to install and reference the ISO images at a later time? You can put the ISO images anywhere, but two caveats: They must be on shared storage so that all of your ESX servers can see them and the user mounting them must be able to browse the datastore they are on. We have some Ghost images created and we would like to convert those into bootable CD/DVD ISO format. Is it possible to do that?

You want to create a Live version of an OS. This is very popular right now in the Linux world with LiveCDs and LiveDVDs from Ubuntu Linux. BartPE is a great example of this for Windows. I do not know of a way to auto-convert a Ghost image to an ISO image. I suggest sending an email to Symantec in order to see if they support such a method.

This was first published in March 2008

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