Did you know that you can download FREE, already configured servers from the Internet, then run them on your Windows XP/2003 or Linux VMware computer? These servers can do some amazing things, they are free, and they can be up and running in minutes. Let’s find out how…
To use one of these VMware appliances, you will need to download and install either VMware Server or VMware Player. Both of these are free. VMware Player, of course, will only allow you to “play” a virtual machine, not edit its configuration or create new virtual machines.
Also, keep in mind that every virtual machine you run will take resources away from your host system. This is especially true when it comes to RAM. Memory is the most crucial resource on a system that is hosting virtual machines.
There are a few things you should know about these virtual appliances. First off, let’s cover the benefits:
At this point, you might be asking where you can obtain these virtual appliances. The VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace the best single source I have seen to obtain virtual appliances. The popularity of this database has been amazing. Many vendors and users have contributed their application or their customized appliances.
You should also know that there are Certified Appliances and non-certified. The certified appliances are from software companies that want to demo their software solution and where their appliances has passed a level of testing to ensure it will function and be secure. When other individuals or vendors contribute their appliances, these appliances are non-certified but still may be very useful appliances.
Keep in mind that there may be multiple versions of these virtual appliances due to how many people can contribute their appliance. To search for virtual appliances or see all virtual appliances, go to the Virtual Appliance Marketplace All Server directory.
In summary, VMware appliances are FREE, already configured virtual servers that you can download FREE from the Internet. You can run them on your Windows XP/2003 or Linux VMware computer. These servers can do some amazing things, they can be up and running in minutes, and they are a great way to test new new applications. Checkout the Virtual Appliance Marketplace All Server directory today!
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