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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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7.2. Installing a Guest Operating System

A new virtual machine is analogous to a physical computer with an empty hard drive. All the components are there but without an operating system. After creating the virtual machine, you're ready to install a supported guest operating system. Some of the more commonly installed guest operating systems supported by ESX/ESXi include the following:

  • Windows Vista (x86 and x64)

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter (x86 and x64)

  • Windows Server 2003 Web/Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter (x86 and x64)

  • Windows Small Business Server 2003

  • Windows XP (x86 and x64)

  • Windows 2000

  • Windows NT 4

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1/3.0/4.0/5.0

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8/9/10

  • NetWare 5.1/6.0/6.5

  • Solaris 10 operating system ...

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