Category Archives: VMWare

Server Virtualization

Virtualization as a term is something fairly new and most of the people are not really sure what’s the meaning of it.I will try to include some definitions and useful links in order to give a light for the people searching around.Wiki definition:

“[Virtualization is] a technique for hiding the physical characteristics of computing resources from the way in which other systems, applications, or end users interact with those resources. This includes making a single physical resource (such as a server, an operating system, an application, or storage device) appear to function as multiple logical resources; or it can include making multiple physical resources (such as storage devices or servers) appear as a single logical resource.”

Better description is provided by VMWare including history and explaining the different types in detail.Here is also a three minutes video from InfoWorld:

Update: Defcon 15 – T236 Virtualization: Enough Holes to Work Vegas

That’s a nice presentation at DefCon 2007 given by D.J.Capelis attacking some of the problem issues in server virtualization and precisely concerning security.

Next comes the need of a fresh image with installed OS which can be found on Thoughtpolice.They have done great job compiling such a big list of open source operating systems:

ThoughtPolice VMware Images

VMware lets you run another computer in your computer. Try out another operating system, test a different platform, preview a new distro. Hopefully this page of VMware images, or “Virtual Appliances” is useful.

These images will work in:

  1. Get the free VMware Player (or VMware Server, ESX 3, or VMware Workstation)
  2. Download the image you want to use (see the list below)
  3. Unzip it
  4. Load the image in VMware

All of these VMware images are straight installs of the distribution, with all the default options chosen. This means you will be using and American English with an American keyboard. No tinkering was done – this means that no security updates have been applied – so be careful! See the 1 minute HOWTO guide for instructions on changing the language and keyboard, and on applying security updates.
There is also a step-by-step walkthrough on how to create your own VMware image using VMware Workstation.

The torrent downloads here are VERY FAST, likely much, much faster than your net connection. If you want the image quickly, definitely use the torrent.

  1. Get a BitTorrent downloader, like uTorrent (free!)
  2. Click one of the fast torrent download! links below
  3. There will be a short pause before, and then your high speed download will begin

CentOS 4.6, server install. Long Term Support (until 2012!) permalink

centos-4.6-i386-server.zip, 471M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: a23b88a9db64e3dce27b8b11b02c0cc5
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”.
Quick start HOWTO: CentOS 4 in 1 minute

CentOS 5.1, server install. Long Term Support (until 2014!) permalink

centos-5.1-i386-server.zip, 908M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: b082495b1a01a854c88723967e614cd6
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”.
Quick start HOWTO: CentOS 5 in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools

CentOS 5.0, server install. Long Term Support (until 2014!) permalink

centos-5.0-i386-server.zip, 399M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 0cbe6c9551d32483e4e84ed0f87f69ee
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”.
Quick start HOWTO: CentOS 5 in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools

Debian Sarge (Debian 3.1), minimal (netinstall) version. permalink

debian-31r0a-i386-netinst-kernel2.6.zip, 115M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: a2f41713f9f7407a9a3e43fb27fd2e24
Notes: root password is set at first boot.
Quick start HOWTO: Debian 3.1 (Sarge) in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools
Note: 2.6 kernel chosen, not the default 2.4 kernel.

Debian Etch (Debian 4.0), minimal (netinstall) version. permalink

debian-40r0-i386-netinst.zip, 299M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 2a1cb887f658701c0b1ff095600ee6f9 (old: 0782efdb31751e6dbbff3d9775064943)
Notes: There are two accounts: “root” and “notroot”. Password for both is “thoughtpolice”.
Networking not working? rm /etc/udev/rules.d/z25_persistent-net.rules && reboot (fixed in new image).
Quick start HOWTO: Debian 4.0 (Etch) in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools

Fedora Core 4, minimal install. permalink

fedora-fc4-i386.zip, 283M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 8e46e5ac5fe813cf83454febed2cfdef
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”. Remember that a standard install means selinux enabled, firewall on.
Quick start HOWTO: Fedora Core 4 in 1 minute

Fedora Core 5, standard install permalink

fedora-fc5-i386.zip, 976M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 16642a65686a6fb5b283d34e1c359662
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: Fedora Core 5 in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools

Fedora Core 6, standard install permalink

fedora-fc6-i386.zip, 873M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 4e0037f18d4a43b04df33a920c5f751b
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: Fedora Core 6 in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools
Getting Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! after an LVM error? See here.

Fedora 7, standard install permalink

fedora-7-i386.zip, 971M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 8e94dd615280c8aa82129c325c6c8add
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: Fedora 7 in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools
Note: Uses the BusLogic SCSI adaptor.
Getting Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! after an LVM error? See here.

Fedora 8, standard install permalink

fedora-8-i386.zip, 1147M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!)
md5sum: 102fe7c3b01a22a462f718a3fbc81068
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: Fedora 8 in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools – soon!
Note: Uses the BusLogic SCSI adaptor.

Looking for (more) test releases? See Archived releases, below.

FreeBSD 6.0, minimal install. permalink

freebsd-6.0-i386.zip, 129M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 505718f94ae67c4c8db22784b27a91f2
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: FreeBSD 6.0 in 1 minute

FreeBSD 6.1, user install. permalink

freebsd-6.1-i386.zip, 172M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 9a591ab3447e8781a27a4b5151acc121
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: FreeBSD 6.1 in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools

FreeBSD 6.2, user install. permalink

freebsd-6.2-i386.zip, 235M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 5a78b8c7074f9ccd755d43e177e14b39
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: FreeBSD 6.2 in 1 minute

FreeBSD 6.3, user install. permalink

freebsd-6.3-i386.zip, 220M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 5b05a4218799db57eebe6b0dd88f2fa0
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: FreeBSD 6.3 in 1 minute

FreeBSD 7.0, user install. permalink new!

freebsd-7.0-i386.zip, 305M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), http soon!
md5sum: 76edfb287ce8b66c7c404d9488427321
Notes: root password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: FreeBSD 7.0 in 1 minute

Ubuntu Server 6.06.2 LTS (Dapper Drake) Long Term Support (until 2011!) permalink

ubuntu-server-6.06.2-i386.zip, 184M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 63e61c40a51a14f88bd4a6435226a1a5
Notes: There is no root account. Login as user “notroot”, password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: Ubuntu 6.06 in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools
Note: if you get stuck at “uncompressing kernel”, see Ubuntu forums.

Ubuntu Server 6.10 (Edgy Eft) permalink

ubuntu-server-6.10-i386.zip, 171M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 457ad56694948a110058445fad271b36
Notes: There is no root account. Login as user “notroot”, password is “thoughtpolice” (the README contains the wrong username).
Quick start HOWTO: Ubuntu 6.10 in 1 minute
Install VMware Tools
Note: This image will not run on the Pentium M (or CPUs that do not support PAE) – you will get the error Unknown Interrupt or fault at EIP

Ubuntu Server 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) permalink

ubuntu-server-7.04-i386.zip, 189M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 078020bab05ce5e0555870e4c15b1b60 (old: 208aee98417c6067a0e7d46f1f3a5df3)
Notes: There is no root account. Login as user “notroot”, password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: Ubuntu 7.04 in 1 minute

Ubuntu Server 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) permalink

ubuntu-server-7.10-i386.zip, 189M
Download using: fast torrent download! (immediate!), web download (slow, 2 minute delay)
md5sum: 91f35468f9548e3710269e404d9b2ec9
Notes: There is no root account. Login as user “notroot”, password is “thoughtpolice”
Quick start HOWTO: Ubuntu 7.10 in 1 minute
Get the messages PANIC: CPU too old for this kernel.? See launchpad.

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