How to install and run Chromium OS on VMware Player

It is that holiday season! Google’s Chromebook is one of the hottest gift ideas under $300 (e.g., Samsung Chromebook priced at $229 from Amazon). While some of you may dismiss Chromebook as an incapable barebone laptop, the matter of fact is that sales of Chromebooks continue to soar while the rest of PC sales are […]
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VMware Player vs. VirtualBox: performance comparison

If you are using a virtualization hypervisor, one of your main concerns will be its performance, or in another word, its virtualization overhead. How much overhead is introduced by the virtualization layer will determine the raw performance of guest virtual machines (VMs) running on a hypervisor. Continuing from the feature comparison between VMware Player and […]
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How to install XenServer on VMware Player

XenServer is a commercial virtualization product built on the open-source bare-metal hypervisor Xen. While Xen itself is a standalone hypervisor, XenServer is a full virtualization suite that includes built-in console, tools and APIs. The free edition of XenServer is available at no charge with annually renewed free license. If you want to try out XenServer […]
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How to use virtual Ethernet adapters in promiscuous mode on VMware

When an Ethernet adapter is turned into promiscuous mode, all packets on the connected network are received by the interface. In Linux, you can easily enable promiscuous mode by using ifconfig command. In VMs created by VMware Workstation or Player, however, you may encounter a situation where promiscuous mode does not work on virtual Ethernet […]
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How to convert between VirtualBox VDI and VMware VMDK

There are several disk image formats used by virtualization software; VDI for Oracle VM VirtualBox, and VMDK for VMware vSphere, to name a few. If you want to convert VirtulBox VDI image to VMware VMDK image, or vice versa, there are two command-line utilities available to use. The first tool is VBoxManage, which is a […]
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VMware Player vs. VirtualBox: feature comparison

VMware Player and VirtualBox are the two most popular virtualization software packages for x86 processor architecture. VMware Player is free for personal non-commercial use, and available for commercial use if VMware Fusion commercial license is purchased. VirtualBox is released for free under the terms of the GPL version 2, and additional proprietary components are available […]
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How to install and run Android VM on VMware Player

Android-x86 is a port of the Android OS for x86-based processor architecture. If you want to run Android OS on x86-based PC, netbook or laptop hardware, you can install Android-x86. In this guide, I will show you how to install and run Android-x86 as a VM on VMware Player. First, download an iso image of […]
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