Downloading Vmware Player And Its Features Computer Science Essay

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VMware player is an open source virtualization software package from VMware, Inc. The first version of VMware player was released in Dec 2005. VMware player comes under 32 bit and 64 bit architecture. VM player can be made to run on virtual widgets. VMware player lets the user to run a virtual machine on a windows or Linux pc. Using VMware player the user can run multiple operating systems at the same time on the PC with ease. VMware player has all the features that allow the user to tack together virtual machines for optimum performance and take advantage of host machines devices. Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server machines can be opened through VMware player while using it on Windows. It makes the VMware virtual machines accessible to partners, colleagues and other members who do not have VMware product. VMware player can be downloaded for free for Windows and Linux PC's. VMware player can be used to run a practical copy of an old PC so that the old PC can be recycled. There are three versions (VMware player 1.0, 2.0, 3.0) released till date.

Downloading VMware player:

For my project, I have downloaded VMware player for my windows operating system and used it for running Network Simulator 2 and Ubuntu package.

VMware player can be downloaded with much ease. It can be downloaded from the VMware website,

Features of VMware player:

VMware player coalesces dynamic virtualization features into an application with a visceral interface. The following are the various features of VMware player,

Virtual machines which are quarantined from the host PC can be safely run using VMware player.

Access to external and internal devices like CD/DVD, USB and Network Adapters can be used with ease.

The virtual machines memory can be altered for better performance.

It is easy to copy and paste between the host and virtual machine.

The power of the virtual machine can be switched off or suspended when exiting the VMware Player.

It allows the virtual machine to share or obtain its own IP address.

Uses of VMware player:

It is easy and secure to download and run prebuilt applications in virtual machines.

It is a paragon one for shipping evaluation version and beta versions of the software.

It is pliable to the vendors distributing the products and also to the software developers.

It is easy to maintain, develop and share the customer's ideas.

Using VMware player the user can work with colleagues or partners.

Installing VMware player:

VMware player can be downloaded with much ease. The following are the steps involved in downloading VMware player for Windows operating system.

VMware player can be downloaded through the following link:

The next step after downloading the player is installing it

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The welcome screen appears the 'Next' button is clicked to continue

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Welcome screen

To install the player in the default folder the next is clicked else the destination folder is selected.

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Destination folder

The final step is to click the install button and the installation starts.


Installing VMware player

After the installation process, the VMware player can be opened by using the shortcut key in the desktop or alternatively clicking

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Installing Ubuntu & NS 2 in VMWare Player:

Ubuntu with NS2 package is installed with the help of VMware player. Ubuntu with NS2 package can be downloaded with ease from this link NS2 is licensed by VMWare for VMWare player to use under version 2 of the GNU General Public License. After the Ubuntu with NS2 VMware package is downloaded, the VMware player is opened then "Create a new virtual machine" option is clicked.

VMware player main page

To start the installation process, the Ubuntu operating system file is browsed and opened. This is the simplest way to start the installation alternatively if Ubuntu operating system is available the disc is opened, the suitable disc is chosen and the next button is clicked to proceed.

We need to mentioned that which operating system being configured. We are using ubuntu, so we can choose ubuntu from the dropdown box.

Setting up Virtual Machine for VMware player

A name should be chosen for the virtual machine and the location should be mentioned and then next button is clicked to continue the installation process.

Naming the virtual machine

The disk space for Ubuntu package is allocated. The default size is of disk is 20GB, the size can be increased to hold loads of files.

Selecting memory

In the next screen finish button is clicked to start the installation.

The installation process takes around 20 minutes. After the installation process, we can click the play virtual machine option. Then the login screen will appear.

The username and password is given in the login screen. After logging into the operating system we can start to work on NS2.

After the login process, we can check whether NS2 working correctly or not by using the terminal. I have given an example screen for that.