Using VMware

VMware is a program that allows you to run a virtual machine on your computer which mimics the Operating system. VMWare is free for Windows and Linux but cost money for the mac version.

If given the CASLab Linux CD and installing on the CASLab computer You need to copy the CASLabLinux  8.12 into C:VMWare. Anywhere else will either not be allowed because your not allowed to edit into the C folder or you will not have enough space in your folders.

When opening the program for the first time you will be given an window saying the standard terms of agreement. Which will look like this.

Then a new window will pop up that will look like this. Just hit open and go to where you have placed the CASLabLinux 8.12 file.

There will be two VM versions to choose from. As shown in this screen shot.

The first will be CASLabLinux.vmx and the second will be CASLabLinux256.vmx. The VM allocates 512 MB of RAM for its use so if you are using a machine that has less that a 1 GB of RAM then it is suggested that you use CASLabLinus256.vmx

When opening either CASLabLinux or CASLabLinux for the first time then a window will pop up stating that the virtual Machine may have been moved or copied. This should look like this.

Just select ‘I copied it’.

When opening the VM of linux you will notice some changes compared to the Dual boot version on the machines. First of all the screen will look like this when you first open it.

You will notice that there are only two workspaces, that there is no access to your folders directly, and you can change. There is also 2 important Icons on the desktop the README file has some useful information also has the user name and password for the VM. Also there is the shared folder which allows you to connect to your machine and send/edit files between the two.

Setting Up Your Shared Folder

In order to set up the shared folder so you can transfer files between the VM and your computer you need to go to VMware player -> Shared Folders … which  will look like this:

The first time or if you opened both versions of CASLabLinux then it will be disabled. To change the host path just click on the Folder Shared in the window and hit properties. DO NOT change the name of the folder of Shared since the icon on the desktop will say the link is broken and will not work.

If this is the first time running or opened another Virtual Machine then Shared files will be disabled. To change the host path just click on the Folder Shared in the window and hit properties. DO NOT change the name of the folder of Shared since the icon on the desktop will say the link is broken and will not work.

To exit properly out of the Virtual Machine then you just hit quit on the tool bar do not try signing out as this will cause it to go to the login page and since this is a VM and is not connected to the Linux boxes that are set up in the lab machines. If you do then you will be permanently logged out as the machine will remember what was running the last time you use