We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
2,808 Tutorials

How to use virtualisation software

Get the best of Windows and Linux on one PC

Run a virtual appliance in VMware Player

1. Download and install VMware Player and the virtual appliance for Damn Small Linux (DSL). We've chosen DSL because, at 49MB, it's a small download. The process is much the same whichever virtual appliance you use, however.

VMware Player - Step 1

2. Start VMware Player. From the main interface click Commands, Open. Browse to the DSL file that you downloaded in step 1 and click ok. You'll now see the boot sequence start for your virtual appliance. After this, you'll be prompted to press Enter to begin or F2 and F3 for boot options.

VMware Player - Step 2

3. If you press Enter, nothing will happen. That's because input from the keyboard is currently directed to the host OS (Windows). Instead, press Ctrl, G to direct input to Damn Small Linux and press Enter. DSL will boot in the VMware window. This will start up the guest OS.

VMware Player - Step 3

IDG UK Sites

Nokia Lumia 930 review: The flagship Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone

IDG UK Sites

Live Blog: Apple financial results, record June quarter, 35.2m iPhones sold, $37.4b revenue

IDG UK Sites

Welcome to the upgrade cycle - you'll never leave

IDG UK Sites

Why smartphone screens are getting bigger