2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 27, 2008 3:14 AM by andersvinther

    Running a physical Linux install from within Windows

    daden1 Lurker


      I have a dual boot machine -- Windows Vista Ultimate on one drive, Ubuntu on the other drive but have been mostly running Vista the last few months.



      I would like to be able to have Ubuntu running as well from within Windows.



      Workstation will import Linux and turn the physical machine into a VM which could obviously be run from within Windows but I just want to run the existing Ubuntu install under a virtualization product from the physical drive.



      So, I'd boot into Vista, then start a VM that reads from the physical drive containing the bootable Ubuntu.



      Is that possible and if so, how?















        • 1. Re: Running a physical Linux install from within Windows
          AWo Guru

          It may be possible, but your physical Linux installation will most likely have different drivers installed that the virtual machine needs. So when you boot the physical partition from within the guest you may face some problems. If you reconfigure the installation while it is running as a virtual guest you might not be able to boot the physical installation afterwards.


          What about virtualizing the physical installation? Freeing up the disk space used by it, now, could be used for the virtual machine. Or maybe you can use the physical installation only for running it as a virtual machine. In this case you can switch the installation to the drivers VMware guest needs.

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          • 2. Re: Running a physical Linux install from within Windows
            andersvinther Lurker

            Hi there,








            I am doing something similar, and have no problem with drivers etc. both running the Linux partition as a VMWare guest and booting directly on the partition.










            I have installed VMWare tools, and if you see my other post on starting vmware-user automatically (http://communities.vmware.com/thread/181894?tstart=0) you can have that working too.










            I have no problem with the vmware stuff when booting natively, and I have seen no problem with drivers either.










            The trick is to create a VMWare Guest under Vista and only use the Linux partition (or perhaps the whole drive if you have Vista on one and Linux on the other).










            You might run into problems if you use Grub to dual boot - not sure about that one... The problem is that you should not access the partition where Grub is located from both Vista and Linux at the same time!










            A workaround to this could be to have Grub installed twice, ie. if you have Vista on physical drive 0 and Linux on 1, and you normally boot using Grub on drive 0, you might be able to install Grub on drive 1 to enable you to boot your VM Guest from that drive... but I haven't done this so not sure if you'd run into any issues there...










            Hope this helps...










            And please let me know if you do this, if you succeed and if you run into any problems... as I might be facing the same problems at some stage...