On Sat, Apr 5, 2008 at 8:50 PM, Tod <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Warning, virtualization newbie...
> I've got an install of XP pro, service pack 2 on a standalone machine.
> Since I don't use it for more than a few apps I'd like to try out Linux
> virtualization with Linux being the primary O/S and windows running on a
> virtual machine.
> I imagine I'll need to move the windows install maybe using parted, create
> a new partition to install linux on, get it installed, along with the
> virtualization software, and then get it to fire up windows without it
> knowing its running virtually. I've searched around for instructions on
> doing this and really haven't found anything useful.
> Is my plan valid? I'd like to avoid re-installing XP but I will if I need
> to. I plan on sticking with Fedora so I'd appreciate recommendations on
> virtualization software. This is running on an old AMD Athlon machine so no
> dual processing going on.
> Any pointers, tutorials, or suggestions for doing this on an existing
> Fedora machine would be appreciated too. I have a couple of other boxes I
> might like to try virtualization on.
> TIA - Tod
I've done this successfully with VirtualBox. It isn't for the faint of
heart though. You have to use some command line utilities to create a
.vmdk file (which is actually a vmware file) which points to the
The link to the user manual is
Look for section 9.9 page 106. Read it a few times and then when
you'll still confused read it again
Pay particular attention to section 9.9.2 and note you will probably
need to use a XP MBR (Master Boot Record). At least I did, some others
on the list may have alternatives.
Also a couple of notes:
-You'll need to re-compile the VirtualBox kernel modules every time
you update for kernel which is pretty easy, just run 'service vboxdrv
setup' as root.
-You'll have to run VirtualBox as root or add your user to the 'disk' group.
Hope you find this helpful!
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