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= Introduction =
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Testing OpenFOAM installations on several different Operating Systems can ''take its toll''. But at least with virtualization, one person can handle 3, 4 or even more virtual machines at the same time or in sequence, all with a single ''real'' machine.
  
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For the readers that don't know what machine virtualization is, here are some pages on this subject at [http://www.wikipedia.org Wikipedia]:
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* Page about what a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_machine Virtual machine] is.
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* The global description of what [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtualization Virtualization] is.
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_machine#Extended_descriptions_of_selected_virtualization_software Extended descriptions of selected virtualization software].
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From the last link there are 2 popular and free virtualization applications for the general public:
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* [https://www.virtualbox.org VirtualBox] - The preferred among the open-source community, given the code is open-source.
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* [http://www.vmware.com/vmplayer VMware Player] - The one described in this How To page and which will be referred to from here on as ''VMplayer''.
  
Official page for VMware Player: [http://www.vmware.com/vmplayer www.vmware.com/vmplayer]
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The choice of using VMplayer is somewhat simple: it's free, very good (if not best) performance and easy to use. (and personal preference - [[User:Wyldckat|Wyldckat]] 00:11, 7 July 2012 (CEST))
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Nonetheless, VirtualBox is a very good competitor, specially for testing PXE boot images. ([[User:Wyldckat|Wyldckat]] 00:11, 7 July 2012 (CEST))
  
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This wiki page is divided into the following chapters:
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* [[#How to install VMplayer]]
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* [[#How to create a new virtual machine]]
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* [[#Troubleshooting]] - as in ''don't shoot your computer, shoot only the troubles themselves''
  
[[User:Wyldckat|Wyldckat]] 23:37, 6 July 2012 (CEST)
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Final introductory note: this tutorial would probably be more appreciated as a video tutorial, but that exercise is left to the readers that wish to contribute!
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= How to install VMplayer =
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The official page/short-link for VMware Player: [http://www.vmware.com/vmplayer www.vmware.com/vmplayer]
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TODO
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= How to create a new virtual machine =
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TODO... 1st upload pictures, then write dialogue...
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= Troubleshooting =
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TODO... I know at least about that sync issue...
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= History =
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Readers are welcome to improve this document if they so see fit to do it. Links to video tutorials directly related to this tutorial are also welcome.

Revision as of 23:11, 6 July 2012

1 Introduction

Testing OpenFOAM installations on several different Operating Systems can take its toll. But at least with virtualization, one person can handle 3, 4 or even more virtual machines at the same time or in sequence, all with a single real machine.

For the readers that don't know what machine virtualization is, here are some pages on this subject at Wikipedia:


From the last link there are 2 popular and free virtualization applications for the general public:

  • VirtualBox - The preferred among the open-source community, given the code is open-source.
  • VMware Player - The one described in this How To page and which will be referred to from here on as VMplayer.

The choice of using VMplayer is somewhat simple: it's free, very good (if not best) performance and easy to use. (and personal preference - Wyldckat 00:11, 7 July 2012 (CEST)) Nonetheless, VirtualBox is a very good competitor, specially for testing PXE boot images. (Wyldckat 00:11, 7 July 2012 (CEST))


This wiki page is divided into the following chapters:

Final introductory note: this tutorial would probably be more appreciated as a video tutorial, but that exercise is left to the readers that wish to contribute!

2 How to install VMplayer

The official page/short-link for VMware Player: www.vmware.com/vmplayer TODO

3 How to create a new virtual machine

TODO... 1st upload pictures, then write dialogue...

4 Troubleshooting

TODO... I know at least about that sync issue...

5 History

Readers are welcome to improve this document if they so see fit to do it. Links to video tutorials directly related to this tutorial are also welcome.