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VM ware 6.5.3 and Unity Feature


It’s been a long time I didn’t post a note :)
Topic for this note is about an amazing feature of VMware 6.5.3, which is Unity.

Classic problems when we deal with guest OS are:

  • cannot mounting USBs
  • cannot do a “copy paste” of words, sentences, and files between host and guest OS
  • difficult to enable directory sharing
  • cannot have a drag and drop feature among host and guests OS
  • ….and many more…

U can solve those problems by either upgrading your VMware version to 6.5.3 or fresh installation of VMware 6.5.3. I downloaded VMware Workstation 6.5.3 for Linux in .rpm package from this site. Then, simply run rpm -ivh VMware-Workstation-6.5.3-185404.i386.rpm command.

The installation process ran well without any dependencies problem :D..
I tried to install Windows XP SP 3 (Genuine License) as the guest OS, after the installation process is done, it will automatically install VMware tools.

A bit different when I install CentOS 5.3 as the guest OS on VMware. It didn’t automatically install the VMware tools, so you need to install it manually. Activate your Linux guest OS, then go to menu VM, then click on Install VMware Tools …. It will automatically mounting a VMware Tools DVD-ROM. You can see a DVD icon on your Desktop. Try to access the directory, then you will find VMwareTools-7.8.6-185404.i386.rpm package. You can run  rpm -ivh /media/VMware\ Tools/VMwareTools-7.8.6-185404.i386.rpm command to install it.

The following picture is a screenshot of my Centos VMware.


To enjoy the Unity feature, all you need is just click the Unity button on VMware top panel (I gave a red circle on it).


Another picture is showing you a copy paste “helloWorld.txt” file from guest OS Windows XP SP3 to the host OS (currently i’m using Fedora 10) and you can do it vice versa or just simple by dragging and dropping the file that you want to copy.


You can also have a shared directory between the OSes. To create a shared directory, you can go to VM menu > Settings > go to tab Options, then you will find setting for Shared Folders.

The following screenshot shows you my shared directory.


Okay, that’s all from me…!!!
Hope it will will help you much in dealing with virtual OS :)