Vmware is a great tool which allows you to run your very own virtual machine on a material or tangible platform – your very own computer. There are different things you can do with a virtual machine, and for you to be able to test the width and breadth of its features and applicability you might want to try out the different types of Virtual Appliances or Vmware images that are certainly very useful for a wide variety of tasks you may wish to perform on the virtual machine that you run directly from your personal computer.

Of course, compatibility will be a standard issue so you will also need to be aware of the fact that Vmware appliances or Vmware Images will also work in four environments – namely the Vmware Player and Vmware server (which may be freely downloaded), the Vmware Workstation 5.5+ and Vmware ESX 3+ (which is also the VMware Virtual Infrastructure). For you to be able to use such images, you will need to follow several steps. First, you have to download the free player called Vmware Player. You may then download the image which you want to use (from the list of appliances it currently offers). The third step will involve unzipping the file and finally you may then load the actual image itself on VMware.

Remember that such images were created out of straight installs of the actual distribution, using the default options that are available. These instructions, when followed to the letter, will surely set you on the way to VMware productivity!

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