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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (11 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886411727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886411722
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's only so much you can do by multitasking applications. Frequently, you just need another computer for testing software, trying out network configurations, or doing any of a dozen things that engineers and administrators need to do. VMware allows you to run several virtual machines on one physical computer, each completely independent of the others at all levels and each potentially running a different operating system. The Book of VMware provides full documentation on running both versions of this tremendously useful utility--Windows and Linux--and goes into great detail on how it goes about dividing the resources of a single physical box. If you want to know how the Linux version of VMware manages the filesystems of a Windows guest operating system, or how USB devices are shared across multiple virtual machines, this book is the single best resource for you.

Brian Ward's prose style is pretty dry; you won't read this one straight through, and it's unlikely you'll even read a chapter from front to back unless you're encountering a problem and want to know everything potentially related to it. More likely, you'll use the index to locate Ward's coverage of FreeBSD disk-lettering schemes (or whatever) and read the several pages of text and illustrations he devotes to the matter. This is a specialised reference book, and a very good one. --David Wall

Topics covered: all aspects of VMware 3.0 Workstation (from VMware Corporation) for both the Windows and Linux versions of the software. Coverage of the two variants is approximately equal. In addition to explaining how to install both kinds of VMware, the author shows how guest systems behave--in terms of disk usage, driver compatibility, device sharing, networking and all other major systems--in both environments. There's great coverage of FreeBSD as a guest system.

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Brian Ward has been working with Linux since 1993, when he scraped together enough pennies for a secondhand 386. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Chicago, and currently works in San Francisco as a consultant and instructor. He is author of the Linux Kernel-HOWTO, The Book of VMware and The Linux Problem Solver.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Hobbs on 31 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
Billed as 'The Complete Guide to VMWARE Workstation', this book lives up to it's billing and more.
For those of you yet to experience the joys of VMWare visit [...] and see what you've been missing. VMWare allows you to run multiple operating systems on one physical machine and network them together. So if like me you have the requirement to install multi operating systems or just want to see what happens when you install an operating system or just an application in a certain way without having to mess up your PC then VMWare is for you.
Anyway back to the book. The book begins by looking at the PC architecture to help you understand what exactly you can and can't do with VMWare. Further chapters then go on to look at your options for installing VMWare itself and then walk you through how to setup various operating systems (including Windows 9x, 2000 and XP, Linux and FreeBSD), and get them working.
But the book doesn't stop there. It also walks you through installing other operating systems that aren't strictly supported by VMWare but you might have a requirement to install (such as NetWare, Solaris and NetBSD).
As networking and network-related services are probably the key parts of any VMWare configuration, these are given their own chapters. The book finishes with a useful Troubleshooting section. Useful hints, tips, and pointers to useful websites are included throughout.
I'm not a VMWare guru but I do use the product extensively as I can have several Virtual Machines running either independently or simultaneously on one physical box which is useful when studying for Certification exams or when troubleshooting problems (you can see what happens when you make a change to a setting and if it doesn't work out you just blow away the Virtual Machine and start again).
An excellent job Brian and when I finally get into Linux I'll be buying your Linux books as well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The magic of VmWare explained/ 21 Mar. 2002
By Michael J Woznicki - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was asked to teach a class on various operating systems such as Windows 3.X, Windows 9X, NT, 2000, XP and Linux. The class was to go over the basic of each OS and the kicker was the class was to be 3 days long. With that many OSes it would have taken 3 days for installs alone, until I found VmWare.
With a basic understanding of the application I managed to teach the class, if I had this book then I would have been able to do so much more. Ward has simply put together the best book on the subject matter that I ever come across.
Starting right of the books delves into the virtual machine and the requirements for install and configuration. The author explains in detail what each version requires in order to have it working properly. Then there is over 100 pages just on the different guest system setups and configurations, again the author attention to detail makes this some of the most interesting reading of the book.
Then the book work with networking and stand alone operations making sure you have a good understanding of the differences. Finally the author gives several pages to the troubleshooting of the application. You have tips and tricks for each OS and hints to avoiding problems before they happen.
Overall this book has already given me several tips and tricks to enhancing the classes I am teaching and I am sure that I will find many others before I am through. Excellent work and if the application gets updated I certainly hope the book does as well.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rough around the edges, but otherwise a decent reference 24 Sept. 2003
By Danny Faught - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a nice companion for the sparsely documented VMware software. I've used VMware since version 1, and while it's a fabulous tool, I've always been frustrated by features that I only knew about by reading the support knowledge base. I learned about some very useful features in the book that I hadn't discovered before, such as the ability to mount an ISO image as if it were a real CD-ROM device.
The writing is a bit unpolished, and could have benefited from more editing. Also, note that the book covers VMware version 3, while the only version you can buy now is version 4. I think the book is still largely relevant for version 4.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A useful resource for the dedicated programmer 6 May 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Book of VMware: The Complete Guide To VMware Workstation by Linux expert Brian Ward is a comprehensive guide to making the most of the VMware Workstation product. Individual chapters cogently address the VMware virtual machine from its floppy drives and serial ports to its USB interface and peripherals, how to install, configure, and operate VMware, Windows, Linux, and other guest operating systems, network file transfer, troubleshooting and much more. The Book Of VMware is a truly excellent and useful resource for the dedicated programmer wanting to implement and utilize VMware.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am new to this IT stuff 21 Oct. 2008
By Guy P. Dominguez - Published on
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I am using this book to learn how to set up V machine work station on my laptop and down load diffent op- systems to develope my skills.This book is very helpful for me as a beginner in this field.
Oldie Goldie 18 July 2014
By B. Tupper - Published on
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This book was published in 2002 to cover version 3. We are now at 2014 and version 10, but it seems to me it is still largely relevant at the basic level. I am running a trial version of VM 10, wondering if the program will do what I want, worth to spend for the license. I find the VM Ware documentation essentially useless at this level, so I am left with installing the package on an alternate drive to see if I can make it work. With the information in this book, although dated, I think it will be worth the effort. I find the first sixty pages to be the only use to me at this level. Perhaps when I get further into the program, later chapters could become useful to me. I am moving ahead very gingerly, testing every step before I take another. I wish the book could be brought up to date to cover more current versions -- we don't need to be schooled on the differences between IDE and SCSI drives at this point, and I am sure there must be important differences in the program itself introduced over the past twelve years. Still, with all that, I am getting some good use out of it.
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