How to create a Virtual PC in Windows7 and run CentOS6.4 on it.

   I have a Let’snote, a Panasonic product and a kind of Toughbook, as my mobile PC. Though I configured the dual-boot system of Windows7 and CentOS6, I destroyed all data on the PC before I sent it for repair. When I got it again, I decided to create a Virtual PC and run CentOS6.4 on it. This post is my remainders and I think it gives some convenient for you guys. (^o^)

   First, I create a Virtual PC in Windows7 Home Premium on CF-J10TYAHR.

  1. Download the latest VMware Player for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit(Current:ver.5.0.2) from Download VMware Player.
  2. Install VMware Player~.exe by its default.

   Second, I install CentOS6.4 on the Virtual PC.

  1. Download the latest CentOS-x.x-i386-bin-DVD1.iso(Current:ver.6.4) from CentOS Mirrors. I don’t need CentOS-x.x-i386-bin-DVD2.iso because I install it as a non-customized Desktop.
  2. Run the VMware Player from the Desktop shortcut.
  3. Select “Create a New Virtual Machine”. (Fig.01)
  4. Select “I will install the operating system later.”. (Fig.02)
    Because I cannot make any customizations if I select “Installer disc image file (iso):”.
  5. Select “Linux (L)” and “CentOS”. (Fig.03)
  6. Enter a distinguishable virtual machine name because I might create other virtual machines later (^^;), and select the location where I want to install the Virtual Machine. (Fig.04)
  7. Leave the default and click “Next”. (Fig.05)
  8. Click “Customize Hardware…”. (Fig.06-(1))
  9. Select the ISO file like CentOS-x.x-i386-bin-DVD1.iso and click “Close”. (Fig.07-(1)(2)(3))
  10. Click “Finish”. (Fig.06-(2))
  11. Play the Virtual Machine to install CentOS. (Fig.08)
  12. Select “Install or upgrade an existing system”. (Fig.09)
    At these procedures I cannot use the mouse for the guest OS, so I make Shortcut Memo for me:

    • [Ctrl+G] Go into the guest OS.
    • [Ctrl+Alt] Return to the host OS.
  13. Select “Skip”. (Fig.10)
  14. Click “Next”. (Fig.11)
  15. Select my language and click “Next”. (Fig.12)
  16. Select my keyboard and click “Next”. (Fig.13)
  17. Select “Basic Storage Devices” and click “Next”. (Fig.14)
  18. Click “Yes, discard any data”. (Fig.15)
  19. Enter a unique host name on my LAN and click “Next”. (Fig.16)
  20. Select my time zone, unchecked “System clock uses UTC” and click “Next”. (Fig.17)
  21. Set a password for the root account, then click “Next”. (Fig.18)
  22. Select “Use All Space” and click “Next”. (Fig.19)
  23. Click “Write changes to disk”. (Fig.20)
  24. Checked “Desktop” and “Customize later” and Click “Next”. (Fig.21)
  25. Click “Reboot”. (Fig.22)
  26. Click “Forward”. (Fig.23)
  27. Leave the default and click “Forward”. (Fig.24)
  28. Set Username, Full Name and Password for the User account and click “Forward”. (Fig.25)
  29. Leave the default and click “Forward”. (Fig.26)
  30. Click “OK”. (Fig.27)
  31. Leave the default and click “Finish”. (Fig.28)
  32. Click the UserName. (Fig.29)
  33. Enter the Password you set. (Fig.30)
  34. Click “Install Tools”. (Fig.31)
  35. Close the Window. (Fig.32)
  36. Open a terminal window. Log on as root.
    [centos@CentOS ~]$ su –
    Password: <<—– Enter root account password

    I need Perl to install “VMware Tools”, so I check it.
    [root@CentOS ~]# yum list installed | grep perl
    perl.i686   4:5.10.1-129.el6 @anaconda-CentOS-201303020136.i386/6.4 <<—– Already installed
    …………

    I need to know the Virtual CD-ROM device is already mounted.
    [root@CentOS ~]# mount
    …………
    /dev/sr0 on /media/VMware Tools type iso9660 (ro,nosuid,nodev, …) <<—– Already mounted

    I check the contents of the CD to know the exact name of “VMware Tools” file.
    [root@CentOS ~]# ls /media/”VMware Tools”
    VMwareTools-9.2.3-1031360.tar.gz manifest.txt

    [root@CentOS ~]# cd /tmp <<—– move to the tmp directory

    [root@CentOS tmp]# tar zxpf /media/”VMware Tools”/VMwareTools-9.2.3-1031360.tar.gz

    [root@CentOS tmp]# ls
    …………
    vmware-tools-distrib
    …………

    [root@CentOS tmp]# ls vmware-tools-distrib
    FILES INSTALL bin doc etc installer lib vmware-install.pl

    [root@CentOS tmp]# cd vmware-tools-distrib
    [root@CentOS vmware-tools-distrib]# ./vmware-install.pl

    「The messages from vmware-install.pl」
    Creating a new VMware Tools installer database using the tar4 format.

    Installing VMware Tools.

    In which directory do you want to install the binary files? [/usr/bin]

    What is the directory that contains the init directories (rc0.d/ to rc6.d/)? [/etc/rc.d]

    What is the directory that contains the init scripts? [/etc/rc.d/init.d]

    In which directory do you want to install the daemon files? [/usr/sbin]

    In which directory do you want to install the library files? [/usr/lib/vmware-tools]

    The path “/usr/lib/vmware-tools” does not exist currently. This program is going to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you want? [yes]

    In which directory do you want to install the documentation files? [/usr/share/doc/vmware-tools]

    The path “/usr/share/doc/vmware-tools” does not exist currently. This program is going to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you want? [yes]

    The installation of VMware Tools 9.2.3 build-1031360 for Linux completed successfully. You can decide to remove this software from your system at any time by invoking the following command: “/usr/bin/vmware-uninstall-tools.pl”.

    Before running VMware Tools for the first time, you need to configure it by invoking the following command: “/usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl”. Do you want this program to invoke the command for you now? [yes]

    Initializing…

    /usr/bin/xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default

    Making sure services for VMware Tools are stopped.

    Stopping Thinprint services in the virtual machine:
    Stopping Virtual Printing daemon: done
    Stopping VMware Tools services in the virtual machine:
    Guest operating system daemon: [ OK ]
    Unmounting HGFS shares: [ OK ]
    Guest filesystem driver: [ OK ]

    The VMware FileSystem Sync Driver (vmsync) allows external third-party backup software that is integrated with vSphere to create backups of the virtual machine. Do you wish to enable this feature? [no]

    Found a compatible pre-built module for vmci. Installing it…

    Found a compatible pre-built module for vsock. Installing it…

    The module vmxnet3 has already been installed on this system by another installer or package and will not be modified by this installer. Use the flag
    –clobber-kernel-modules=vmxnet3 to override.

    The module pvscsi has already been installed on this system by another installer or package and will not be modified by this installer. Use the flag
    –clobber-kernel-modules=pvscsi to override.

    The module vmmemctl has already been installed on this system by another installer or package and will not be modified by this installer. Use the flag
    –clobber-kernel-modules=vmmemctl to override.

    The VMware Host-Guest Filesystem allows for shared folders between the host OS and the guest OS in a Fusion or Workstation virtual environment. Do you wish to enable this feature? [yes]
    no <<—–I change only here.

    Found a compatible pre-built module for vmhgfs. Installing it…

    Found a compatible pre-built module for vmxnet. Installing it…

    The vmblock enables dragging or copying files between host and guest in a Fusion or Workstation virtual environment. Do you wish to enable this feature? [yes]

    !!! [EXPERIMENTAL] !!!
    VMware automatic kernel modules enables automatic building and installation of VMware kernel modules at boot that are not already present. By selecting yes, you will be enabling this experimental feature. You can always disable this feature by re-running vmware-config-tools.pl.

    Would you like to enable VMware automatic kernel modules? [no]

    Thinprint provides driver-free printing. Do you wish to enable this feature? [yes]

    Disabling timer-based audio scheduling in pulseaudio.

    Detected X server version 1.13.0

    Distribution provided drivers for Xorg X server are used.

    Skipping X configuration because X drivers are not included.

    Creating a new initrd boot image for the kernel.
    Starting Virtual Printing daemon: done
    Checking acpi hot plug [ OK ]
    Starting VMware Tools services in the virtual machine:
    Switching to guest configuration: [ OK ]
    Guest vmxnet fast network device: [ OK ]
    VM communication interface: [ OK ]
    VM communication interface socket family: [ OK ]
    Guest filesystem driver: [ OK ]
    Blocking file system: [ OK ]
    Guest operating system daemon: [ OK ]
    The configuration of VMware Tools 9.2.3 build-1031360 for Linux for this running kernel completed successfully.

    You must restart your X session before any mouse or graphics changes take effect.

    You can now run VMware Tools by invoking “/usr/bin/vmware-toolbox-cmd” from the command line.

    To enable advanced X features (e.g., guest resolution fit, drag and drop, and file and text copy/paste), you will need to do one (or more) of the following:
    1. Manually start /usr/bin/vmware-user
    2. Log out and log back into your desktop session; and,
    3. Restart your X session.

    To use the vmxnet driver, restart networking using the following commands:
    /etc/init.d/network stop
    rmmod pcnet32
    rmmod vmxnet
    modprobe vmxnet
    /etc/init.d/network start

    Enjoy,

    –the VMware team
    「The end of the messages」

    [root@CentOS ~]# exit

    Close the terminal windows.

  37. Reboot CentOS.
  38. Now, I can use CentOS6.4 on my Let’snote. Some configurations I need haven’t finished yet, though.
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