General Info About Using VMDK Images

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Each download is a bzipped tarball containing a vmdk image and a simple config file for running under vmware:

The naming convention of the download tarball is:

<distribution>.<distro-version>.<arch>.<created-date>.vmdk.tar.bz2.

All of the packages installed in the image will be the latest versions available as of the created date, which is in yyyy-mm-dd format.

The vmdk images are stored in vmware's disk image format with a single partition. The partition can be loop mounted as follows:

vmware-mount centos.5-5.x86-64.20100813.vmdk 1 /mnt/loop/ 

or see the link at bottom for a HOWTO on mounting vmdk's using guestfish.

Prerequisites

  1. Working installation of vmware
  2. Enough filesystem space to accomodate the uncompressed tarball (generally 1GB)

Default Configuration and Networking

The root login is root/password. It is highly recommened that you change the root password immediately.

Installation

You will need to uncompress the tarball to a local directory. Use the .vmx file to launch, eg (assuming you are using vmware player) :

# vmplayer centos.5-5.x86-64.20100813.vmx 

If all is well you will see the guest’s boot messages scrolling by.

Further Reading


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