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    Linux Guru jmadero's Avatar
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    Own 64 Bit Windows, Can't VM It...Now What?

    I own a copy of 64 bit version of Vista but just found out I can't VM it (something beyond my tech skills tells me it's impossible). I haven't had Windows on my system in years but I'm currently taking a ArcGIS class and I need it. Does this mean I can only dual boot? Is there some way to trick it to treat it like a 32 bit so I don't have to waste 40 gigs installing the OS?? Thanks all
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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    1. You need to be running a 64-bit OS to start with.
    2. You need to enable the hardware xVT and other virtualization support in the BIOS.
    3. You need a virtual machine manager that supports 64-bit clients on your hardware and software. I use Oracle/Sun's VirtualBox (proprietary, not open version). It allows 64-bit Windows systems to be installed in VMs very nicely, from XP-64bit to Vista to Win7, not to mention the server editions (2003 and 200.
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    Linux Engineer drl's Avatar
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    Saint Paul, MN, USA / CentOS, Debian, Slackware, {Free, Open, Net}BSD, Solaris

    The claim for VMWare Server is that it will run 64-bit OS guests in a 32-bit host if you have a 64-bit CPU. See about half-way down VMware Server FAQs, Free Virtualization Server Consolidation for the table.

    I have been using VMWare Server 2 for a number of years. I use Debian as a host, and have about 20 guest OSs, Windows, Linux, BSD, but run only about 6 simultaneously. The ones for which I didn't spend much time before I gave up were Plan 9 and BeOS.

    I think point 2) that Rubberman mentioned is a requirement. Although my CPU is 64-bit, and the OS is the 64-bit version, the CPU does not have the VT support (an older Xeon), so I cannot run 64-bit guests on my system. Perhaps your CPU is newer, and, if so, you may be in luck.

    Best wishes and keep us posted ... cheers, drl
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