Using VMware Workstation to Run the 2010 Information Worker Virtual Machines

I’ve download the 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (RTM) but somehow I wanted run this using VMware Workstation.  Here’s some quick instructions on how to do this easily.

Applications Used:

  1. Create a new virtual machine based on Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition. You can remove the Sound Card and Floppy from your virtual machine settings. Also remove the Hard Disk.
  2. Convert the 2010-7a.vhd file to .vmdk file. Open WinImage and click on Disk -> Convert Virtual Disk image… Select  Create Fixed Size Virtual Hard Disk (Recommended. Make sure you have 130 GB of free space).   Save the file and don’t forget to change the Save as type: to VMWare VMDK (*.vmdk)
  3. Add the converted file to your virtual machine.

Now you’re ready to run the virtual machine for the first time.

If you don’t have VMware Workstation you can use VMware Player (free) and use easyvmx (again free) to create virtual machines for VMware Player.  You can check this blog for more detailed instructions.

Other things I’ve tried:
I also tried to convert the .vhd file to .vmdk file using StarWind V2V Image Converter v5.6 but I’m only getting a BSOD on both VMware Workstation 6.5.4 and VirtualBox 3.2.10.


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