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This is the first part in creating a virtual image with PeopleSoft HR installed. We will use VMWare Server for the virtual machine and the host machine is a linux machine. The PeopleSoft server will be Linux too so that everything is installed from downloads. Of course, this will not be a production ready machine, but it should work great for learning and testing purposes. You can always deviate from the instructions enough to use Windows or other supported tools if you wish.
VMWare server can be installed easily enough using these instructions:
Install VMware Server 1.0.6 on Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy”
Installation on other host operating systems is not difficult. You should be able to use any host operating system you like assuming that it is supported by VMWare. You can download VMWare Server directly from here:
Once installed, log in and click the create a new virtual machine — click the “Create a new virtual machine” button.
This will open the wizard to create the new machine.
Next, choose a typical image.
Next, choose Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the version.
Next, choose a name for the new virtual machine.
Next, choose a networking option. If you wish to transfer files using Windows File Sharing, you may want to choose bridged. This gives you the ability to access files from other computers/servers on the network. If you are on a computer with multiple ethernet cards like a laptop with a wired and wireless card, you might want to choose NAT so that you don’t have to worry about which one should be mapped to the machine.
Next, choose a hard drive size. It works best/easiest if you choose a huge size like 100G and don’t allocate now. This makes the hard drive flexible, and you don’t have to worry about trying to make it larger later. The image will take as much as it needs without crashing. If you need to delete files and conserve space later you can and then shrink the hard drive to free up the space on the host.
Finally, click Finish, and you should have a new empty virtual computer.