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Before You Begin
Before you begin, be sure to read all the sections listed under the name of the operating system you intend to run as a guest in a virtual machine.
Windows Server 2003
Caution: Running a Windows Server 2003 guest from a physical disk is not supported. You should not test a Windows Server 2003 physical disk configuration in a production environment.
Caution: Running a Windows XP guest from a physical disk is not supported. You should not test a Windows XP physical disk configuration in a production environment.
SCSI Systems Using a Linux Host
Other Uses of Physical Disks
It is also possible to install a guest operating system on a physical disk when you plan to use that disk only within a virtual machine. For details on setting up a such a configuration, see Installing an Operating System on a Physical Partition from a Virtual Machine.