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MS-DOS 6.22 Portuguese Language being installed into
VMware 2.0 Tested
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Click here to see all steps of MS-DOS 6.22 install and running on virtual
machine started in a window on @Macarlo's Beta Test Super-PC P200
Click here to see a report bug for OS/2 Guest on NT4 SP6
Some revolted OS/2 users requested and I tested on my Server NT4 SP6 the latest release of VMware (version 2.0). VMware is offering for OS/2 users an experience with this soft. The problem is that VMware not accept at this time OS/2 Warp as a regular guest. The operating systems accepted are MS-DOS, Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Linux and Be OS. For a not listed operating system, as OS/2 exist the option "others"and I tried it for Warp unsuccessfully. In the photo below you can see this options:
I downloaded VMware 2.0 build 486 from the developers web site, an evaluation copy, and the developers sent me a key in order to try it. I installed it on my Beta Test Special machine - Pentium 200 + 128MB EDO RAM - without problems, as you can see in the photo below:
When I tried this multi virtual machine for the first time it advised me that a Pentium 266 is the minimum requested and pentium 200 has been detected: You can experience problems, advised me the soft. But I insisted and encountered not any problem. I installed MS-DOS 6.22 and it runs fine into the virtual machine. In the photo below you can see the window with the virtual machine starting, before the guest operating system installation:
If you are not familiarized with virtual machines you can encounter problems for run VMware at the first time. If you are an OS/2 user I think that you not will encounter any problem because OS/2 users are familiarized with virtual machines (VDM for WinOS/2 and for MS-DOS). The problem you will encounter is just this: not existence of OS/2 Warp option for guest. VMware have a help online but this help is deficient and superficial: the developers supposed that all VMware users are experts in virtual machines...In the photo below you can see the VMware Help:
VMWare is offering an experience with OS/2, as you can read in VMware Support page:
Experimental Support of OS/2 as a Guest
and Known Problems
OS/2 Installation Notes
Note: Support of OS/2 as a guest operating system in this release is experimental and does not represent a commitment by VMware to deliver any future commercial versions of its software supporting OS/2. This experimental functionality is being provided in response to customer requests and in order for VMware to learn more about OS/2 technical and market requirements.
Get general information on experimental OS/2 support for:
VMware Beta for Linux
VMware Beta for Windows NT and Windows 2000
To enable support for OS/2 as a guest operating system
Note: At this time, installing and using OS/2 from raw disk and SCSI virtual disk is not supported. The installation requirements for OS/2 are:
Installing VMware Tools
Once OS/2 is installed into the virtual machine, you will want to install VMware Tools for OS/2
To have the VMware OS/2 Toolbox automatically launched on reboot
Configuring the VMware OS/2 Toolbox
The VMware Toolbox allows you to configure preferences for cursor movement, attached devices and time synchronization.
By default, time synchronization is off. This results in the clock in the task bar being inaccurate. If you care about the clock reflecting time more accurately, check the time synchronization box to turn it on.
Known Problems and Limitations
This is the first release of support for OS/2 as a guest operating system. We are very interested in your feedback, but want to inform you about known limitations and problems.
In VMware for Linux
In VMware for Windows NT
This change must be done prior to powering on the virtual machine.
What is VMware
VMware allows you to:
VMware installs unmodified operating systems directly from floppy and/or CD-ROM devices. This installation process is the first and only necessary step in building a virtual machine.
VMware highly recommends that you install the VMware Tools suite within each virtual machine as soon as it is installed. The suite consists of two components:
An installation wizard will automatically install all the VMware software that needs to run within a virtual machine.
VMware Tools for Linux and VMware Tools for Windows are included with the product as floppy images. Choosing the VMware Tools Install... option from the Settings menu will automatically configure your virtual machine to use the appropriate floppy image for the guest operating system you are running. Note that while you are installing the VMware Tools, you should not attempt to change the configuration settings of your floppy drive, as these changes will be lost when the VMware Tools installation completes.
To install VMware Tools in a Linux guest operating system:
To install VMware Tools in a Windows guest operating system:
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