How to setup Windows 7 as a virtual machine on VMWare server

VMWare Virtulization of a Windows Seven DesktopGive Windows Seven a try without spending a dime or formatting your hard drive. In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configure Windows 7 as a virtual machine using the free VMWare server. You can virtualize Windows Seven and run it as a virtual machine in VMWare server. Also check out how you can download a free tiral version of Windows Seven. VMWare server as you might be knowing is the free virtual server from VMWare. Virtualization of Windows Seven does not need any partitioning or formatting of your hard drive, nor will it effect any of your programs or operating system and yes the virtual machine will not create a nasty boot loader on your MBR either! You will be surprised how easy it is, and we will set this up in half the amount of systems requirements for Windows Seven

Our setup involved having to create a Windows Seven Professional Virtual machine, needing 8 GB of disk space and 512 MB of RAM. These specifications are half of what are required by an actual Windows Seven install, but the virtualization works perfectly without any problem. So lets get started!

VMWare virtual server logon screen

Step1:
Go to your VMWare servers URL so we can start the setup, this is typically Start -> All Programs -> VMWare -> VMWareserver -> VMWareserver home page (by default http://yourservername:8333/ui/#) and log on (usually with your local administrator account on your VMWare server windows account)

Click on Virtual Machine then click on Create Virtual Machine

Step2:
On VMWare server menu, click on Virtual Machine then Create Virtual Machine

Provide a name for your virtual machine and choose your data store

Step3:
Give your Virtual machine a name and choose your Data store (in this case, Windows Severn Professional and we chose Datastore1), click Next

For Guest Operating System choose Windows Server 2008 and 32 bit version

Step4:
For Guest Operating System, choose Windows Operating System and for Version, choose Microsoft Windows Server 32 bit, this is because Windows Seven is not available as a choice, however choosing Windows Server 2008 makes it the same as for using the VMWare tools compatibility and other features. Click Next

Choose 512 MB of RAM and a Single Processor for virtualization

Step5:
For Memory choose 512 MB, although the recommended minimum for Windows 7 is 1 GB, Windows 7 will install and run fine on 512 MB for a basic install. This is good enough if you are going to use the Virtual Machine just for testing, the amount of RAM can always be increased later if needed. Keep the processor to be a single processor, click Next

Windows 7 thru SCCM SP2

Hi but i have tried to configure as you shown to create a windows 7 vm. When i try to deploy the windows 7 (unattended method) thru sccm (system centre config manager),by a pxe iniated method, sccm iniate the pxe, partion the hdd, append the image in c: drive etc. after few minutes, an error is showing as "Reference memory could not be written". i googled for that, it refers the incompatability of os kernal. (whick is win server 2008 32bit). even i tried to select other 32bit & Vista 32bit also. my host hardware: intel dual-core 2.4ghz, 4gb ram, 250gb HDD etc. What goes wrong?