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Installing Guest Operating Systems

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NetWare 6.0 Server Installation Guidelines

NetWare 6.0 Server Installation Guidelines

Support

Support

This guest operating system is supported on the following VMware products:

  • VMware Workstation 4.0
General Installation Notes

General Installation Notes

Note: Support for Novell NetWare 6.0 as a guest operating system is experimental at this time.

You can install NetWare 6.0 in a virtual machine using the standard Novell NetWare 6.0 CD-ROM.

Keep the following issues in mind:

  • VMware recommends you install NetWare 6 on a host with at least 384MB of memory.
  • NetWare servers do not idle the CPU when the operating system is idle. As a result, a virtual machine takes CPU time from the host regardless of whether the NetWare server software is idle or busy. To prevent unnecessary slowdowns, VMware recommends that you download the NetWare 5 CPU idle program from www.vmware.com/software/Nw5-idle.nlm and copy it to a floppy disk for use during the installation.
Preparing a Linux Host

Preparing a Linux Host

If you are going to create and run this NetWare virtual machine on a Linux host, change the host's color depth to 256 colors (8-bit color) before you create the virtual machine and install the guest operating system.

Creating and Configuring the NetWare Virtual Machine

Creating and Configuring the NetWare Virtual Machine

  1. Create a new virtual machine. For the most part, you can choose your own settings, except as noted below.
    1. For the type of configuration, select Custom.
    2. For the guest operating system, select NetWare 6.0 (experimental).
    3. Keep the memory setting for the virtual machine at its default of 256MB.
    4. Create a new virtual disk no smaller than the default size of 4GB.
  2. After you finish creating the new virtual machine, use the Configuration Editor to remove all USB controllers.
  3. If you created this virtual machine on a Linux host, open the configuration file (<netware>.vmx) in a text editor and add the following line:
    gui.iconLEDS = false

    This removes all the LED icons in the virtual machine window, which prevents the virtual machine display from appearing incorrectly when you power it on while the host is in 256-color mode.

  4. Install the guest operating system and VMware Tools, then the Nw5-idle.nlm idler program. See below for details.
Installation Steps

Installation Steps

To install NetWare 6 in a virtual machine, take the following steps.

  1. Begin installing the NetWare 6.0 guest operating system. Insert the Novell NetWare 6.0 CD-ROM and power on the virtual machine.
  2. Read and accept the license agreement.
  3. When prompted, choose IDE CD-ROM.
  4. Create a new boot partition. The guest operating system reboots.
  5. The installation continues. When the installer finishes copying the files, insert floppy containing the NW5-IDLE.NLM file.
    1. Press Ctrl-Esc to see all screens available in the virtual machine, and choose System Console.
    2. At the command prompt, type
      LOAD: A\NW5-IDLE.NLM
    3. Press Alt-Esc to return to the installation.
  6. To configure IP networking, do one of the following:
    • If you chose bridged networking for the virtual machine, enter its IP address.

      Note: On a windows NT host, when NetWare tries to load the LAN driver (using pcntnw.lan), it fails because it broadcasts for its own IP address. This causes IP networking to fail. To work around this, open the System Console (press Ctrl-Esc) and type
      set allow ip address duplicates=on
      Press Alt-Esc to return to the installation.

    • If you chose host-only networking for the virtual machine, look up the host machine's IP address.
At a command prompt on a Windows host, type
ipconfig /all
At a command prompt on a Linux host, type
ifconfig
Note the host's IP address for VMnet1 and change the last octet so it is greater than the last octet in the IP address of the host.
For example, if the host IP address is 192.168.160.1, then the virtual machine's IP address is 192.168.160.###, where ### is any number greater than 1 and less than 128.
For the subnet mask, enter 255.255.255.0.
For the router gateway, enter the host's IP address (192.168.80.1 in this example).
    • If you chose network address translation (NAT) for the virtual machine, look up the host machine's IP address.
At a command prompt on a Windows host, type
ipconfig /all
At a command prompt on a Linux host, type
ifconfig
Note the host's IP address for VMnet8 and change the last octet so it is greater than the last octet in the IP address of the host.
For example, if the host IP address is 192.168.160.1, then the virtual machine's IP address is 192.168.160.###, where ### is any number greater than 2 and less than 128.
For the subnet mask, enter 255.255.255.0.
For the router gateway, enter the NAT service's IP address (192.168.80.2 in this example).
Note that with Network Address Translation, there are two IP addresses in use on the host:
The IP address assigned to the interface for VMnet8 shows up in the ipconfig output with a 1 in the last octet.
The IP address used by the NAT device itself always uses 2 as the last octet.
  1. Finish the installation.

    After you finish the installation, install VMware Tools and load the Nw5-idle.nlm idler program.

VMware Tools for NetWare 6.0 Guest Operating Systems

VMware Tools for NetWare 6.0 Guest Operating Systems

Be sure to install VMware Tools in your guest operating system. For details, see the manual for your VMware product.

As you install VMware Tools, be sure to load the CPU idler program. NetWare servers do not idle the CPU when the operating system is idle. As a result, a virtual machine takes CPU time from the host regardless of whether the NetWare server software is idle or busy. To prevent unnecessary slowdowns, VMware recommends that you load the NetWare CPU idle program, included with VMware Tools, as you install VMware Tools.

Known Issues

Known Issues

Disconnecting VMware Tools ISO File

Disconnecting VMware Tools ISO File

After the virtual machine reboots while installing VMware Tools, make sure the virtual machine releases the VMware Tools ISO image. Choose Edit > Removable Devices > CD-ROM, and if the CD-ROM's configuration shows the VMware Tools ISO image, change it back to Use physical drive.

Installation Failure on First Try

Installation Failure on First Try

During the installation of the guest operating system, if you get an ABEND error in the JVM.NLM module, try installing the operating system again. This is a third-party problem that occurs rarely, but when it does, it occurs during installation only. Once you complete the installation, you should not see this error again.

Support Pack 2

Support Pack 2

If you installed NetWare 6.0 Support Pack 2 in your guest operating system, you cannot mount CD-ROMs. To mount a CD-ROM with the support pack installed, do one of the following:

  • Set the primary hard drive to IDE 0:0 and the CD-ROM drive to IDE 0:1.
  • Copy the original driver files (IDEATA.DDI and IDEATA.HAM) from the Drivers\Storage directory of the installation CD-ROM that shipped with NetWare 6.0 to the c:\nwserver directory.
  • Scan for new devices. In the System Console, type
    scan for new devices

    Then load the CD-ROM. In the System Console, type:
    load cd9660.nss

Note: If you cannot mount CD-ROMs, you cannot install VMware Tools in the virtual machine.

Grabbing the Mouse Pointer

Grabbing the Mouse Pointer

If the virtual machine is unable to grab or ungrab the mouse, it may be due to a Java class not being referenced in the virtual machine. In the NetWare 5.1 guest operating system, check the xinitrc file, which is located in sys:\java\nwgfx\. Take the following steps.

  1. In the virtual machine, switch to the system console, then type:
    load edit
  2. Press the Insert key to browse to the sys:\java\nwgfx\xinitrc file.
  3. In the file, look for this line:
    java -classpath $JAVA_HOME\classes\VMWtool.jar;$CLASSPATH VMWTool -iw
  4. If the line does not exist, add it to the file. Press the Esc key. Save the file.
  5. Restart the guest operating system. In the system console, type
    restart server

    The virtual machine should be able to grab and ungrab the mouse now.

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