It’s a good option if you don’t want to mess-up your computer or acquire a dedicated machine to run your application. The following are most popular virtual machines.
- Oracle Virtual box http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
- MS Virtual PC http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
- VM-Player http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_downloads/vmware_player/3_0
I will discuss Virtual box here and will illustrate the installation step by step.
The latest release from Oracle Corp: is VirtualBox 4.0.4 (for different hosts like Windows, Linux, Solaris and OS X – Mac)
It’s totally free and you can download it from:- http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads (Size: 77.2MB)
Note: Downloaded file name is “VirtualBox-4.0.4-70112-Win.Exe”
Let’s perform a step by step installation.
Step#1:- Double click on “VirtualBox-4.0.4-70112-Win.Exe” to run, you will see the Welcome message. Press NEXT and go to step # 2
Step#2:- You need 116Mb of free space and a minimum 2GB of RAM to run this application. You can choose the installation location and customise the components. As shown in this screen (this is the default configuration), press NEXT to proceed.
Step#3:- Asking to create shortcuts for you – change as you like and press NEXT for step # 4
Step#4:- Warning message for the network interface – This step will inform you that the network connection will be temporarily disconnected. Press YES and proceed to Step # 5
Step#5:- Ready to install message – press INSTALL to begin the installation
Windows Security alert – Oracle Corp: serial bus driver installation dialog. Press INSTALL to proceed
Step#6:- Final step and the last screen. Press FINISH to finalise the VirtualBox installation on your computer.
Wait for a while and let computer to finish installation.
CONFIGURING THE MACHINE:
Double click on VirtualBox shortcut to load the VirtualBox manager
In VirtualBox, click on NEW – the new machine setup wizard will be launched and will guide you through the all steps.
The first step is to choose the Guest OS. VirtualBox offers a comprehensive list of Operating Systems, we have to choose one from the drop down list:
- Microsoft Windows
- BSD (Unix)
- IBM OS/2
- Mac OS X
In our case – I am going to install Server 2008 64bit so select the Vendor Name and OS Version from the drop down list. Provide a name for this machine, in my case – “Server 2008 for SBO”
The next step is to select the amount of dedicated RAM for the proposed machine. It all depends on your available physical RAM on the host machine. Press NEXT to proceed as shown below.
VirtualBox will make a virtual disk to use with your machine. You can create a new disk or can use an existing one – remember to mark it bootable because it’s your primary hard drive in the machine. Press NEXT to proceed
Welcome message from the virtual disk creation wizard.
Choose the hard drive type – Dynamic/expandable or fixed-size storage. The dynamic disk is created with minimum blocks of actual hard drive and expands in size with use. Fixed-size occupies the whole block at once to maximum limits.
Label your virtual drive and choose a path to save your V-Drive and you can customise your drive size.
Finally the summary of your proposed virtual disk will appear. In this you can see the drive type, size and path. Press FINISH to create the virtual drive.
The next step is summary of the virtual machine – It shows the machine name, OS type, base memory and drive size.
Again press FINISH to create the machine – it will take couple of minutes to make the Machine ready (creation speed depends on the host Processor and RAM).
The VirtualBox manager always shows you a list of available machines and when you scroll down to a specific machine, it shows you the configuration of the machine. You can change your machine configuration any time. It’s simple and easy – chose your machine and click on the Settings option from the main menu.
A beautiful feature of VirtualBox is that you can create identical machines in no time. It’s simple and easy – Go to FILE and then Export Appliance Wizard. Follow the prompts to make an export package. In the same way you can import applications to make a new machine.
To change the configuration of an existing machine, select the machine from the list of available machines. Press setting button and you will see the configuration menu
For complete documentation visit http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/TracGuide
PDF of this guide can be download http://www.slideshare.net/nasirgondal/sap-business-one-8140940
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