How to run Google's Chrome OS as a Virtual Machine on VMWare server

You must have all heard the buzz about Google launching its own operating system called Chrome OS or Chromium OS.  Well now you can try out Chromium OS as a virtual machine on a VMWare Server, virtualization of course has its benefits because with virtualization you don't need to format your machine, configure dual boot etc, you just play the virtual machine virtualized within your current operating system.  You might find other articles where you can download a pre configured virtualized vmware image and play it in a vmware player, however this step by step article tells you how to do the virtualization on a vmware server, completely free!

 

 

 

  In this setup, we will show you step by step how to setup Chromium OS in a Virtual Machine using VMWare Server 2.0 using Windows 7 as host operating system. However, the procedure is almost identical if you were setting this up on an earlier version of VMWare server and Windows XP.  The only real requirement for this to work is that you need to have an active internet connection so Chrome OS can authenticate you on the Google servers. Once the virtualization is complete, it becomes like any other virtual machine which you can port and take to any machine you want to. All the good benefits of Virtualization apply!

 

Chrome Logo

Step1:

- Download the Chrome OS image from http://gdgt.com/google/chrome-os/download/ and click on [VMware] Get the Chrome OS image here. Note that you might have to sign up for a free account to get the  image, registering is painless and takes less than a minute. Download the zip file and save it to a temporary location such as C:\temp , the file is little over 300 MB

 

Create New Folder

Step 2:

- Create a folder for your Virtual datastore in VMWare Server and expand the zip file into it, for example E:\VirtualChromeOS , after expanding the image, you will get a .vmdk file which will be approximately 737 MB in size

 

VmWare Server Home Page

Step 3:

- Start the VMWare server interface from Start Menu -> All Programs -> VMWare -> VMware Server -> VMWare Server HomePage and log in

 

Virtual Machines Tab

Step 4:

- Click on Virtual Machines Tab and then click on Create Vrrtual Machine

 

Name Chrome OS

Step 5:

-  For Name choose ChromeOSVM , click Next

 

Choose Linux Operating System 2.6 32 bit

Step 6:

- Choose Linux as Guest Operating system and then choose 2.6x Linux 32 bit for the version, click next

 

Keep Recommended Memory and Processor Settings

Step 7:

- Keep memory to recommended size and processor to 1, next



Choose existing hard disk

Step 8:

- For Hard Disk, choose an existing virtual disk


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