Installing Novell NetWare 6 into a Virtual Machine

Note: Support for Novell NetWare 6 as a guest operating system is experimental at this time.

NetWare 6 can be installed in a virtual machine using the standard Novell NetWare 6 CD.

Before installing the operating system, be sure that you have already created a directory for the new virtual machine and configured it using the New Virtual Machine Wizard (on Windows hosts) or Configuration Wizard (on Linux hosts).

To install NetWare 6 in a virtual machine:

  1. Use the VMware ESX Server Configuration Editor to verify the virtual machine's devices are set up as you expect before starting the installation. For example, be sure that your virtual machine is configured for at least 96MB of memory (which the NetWare server installation requires). VMware also recommends that you disable the screen saver on the host system before starting the installation process.

  2. Insert the NetWare 6 CD in the CD-ROM drive on your VMware ESX Server host.

  3. Power on the virtual machine to start the NetWare server installation process. The virtual machine should boot from the NetWare 6 CD. Install the software in a virtual machine as you would for a physical PC.

  4. A prompt appears, asking you to select IDE, SCSI or both as the type of CD-ROM drive. Press I to select IDE. The guest operating system boots.

  5. Choose the language for the installation.

  6. Read and accept the End User License Agreement.

  7. Select Create a new boot partition.

  8. Select Continue twice.

  9. Press any key to reboot.

  10. You are prompted to select IDE, SCSI or both as the type of CD-ROM drive. Press I to select IDE. The guest operating system partition is formatted and the installation runs.

  11. Press F10 to accept the JReport Runtime End User License Agreement.

  12. You are prompted to choose the type of installation. Select Express and then select Continue twice. More files are copied into the virtual machine.

  13. If the virtual machine has been configured for networking (bridged, host-only or NAT), then the installation detects a PCI Ethernet adapter and prompts you with a list of possible drivers. Select the AMD Ethernet PCnet-FAST PCI card. Press Enter to continue with the installation.

  14. The installation finishes. The NetWare 6 guest operating system starts running automatically.

VMware Tools for NetWare 6 Guest Operating Systems

At this time, VMware Tools is not available for NetWare 6 guest operating systems from within VMware ESX Server. To install VMware Tools in a Netware 6 guest operating system, you must download the installation package into this virtual machine from the VMware Web site at

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