VMware on a stand-alone USB

Dear Experts,

I have a situation where I want to ideally load a VMware OS on a USB drive and make it autorun. Such that whenever a person plugs into PC/Laptop the OS opens up on it.

Can you guide me about how do I do this?

Regards
aqbgdtAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
here is the EE post, we debated all night

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Virtualization/Q_26963820.html

If someone can actually demonstrate with proof this can be done, I'd love to know, I've spent many months/years occasioanlly looking at trying to get this to work.

Headless Virtualbox maybe a start with a small Linux Distro on pen!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could copy a VMware VIrtual Machine onto a USB flash drive, and start it with VMware Workstation/VMware Player, but VMware Workstation or Player would need to be already installed on the PC.

It would also have to be a fast USB flash drive, to load the virtual machine?

Is this what you meant or other?
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aqbgdtAuthor Commented:
Thanks Hanccocka,

I meant something fully stand alone ie the host machine may not have VMWare player installed. Is there any way to go about it?

I just want to provide some one with a USB stick, he simply plugs into whatever laptop/PC he has and start using VMware OS. (Infact I am fine even if it's not VMware, it could be any virtual/non-virtual OS but has to be stand alone)

Regards.
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Dk_guruCommented:
It sounds like you are looking for a live "USB" of vmware?
The only one that I would even try would be esxi, but that would be very specific to your hardware....

If you are looking for a a vmware plaver, I would prep a ubuntu live usb and install vmware player or server on it then run your desired vm.
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Dk_guruCommented:
Nice, it just clicked!

You could have VMware player installed on the USB drive and have the VM data on the same drive then edit the auto run to run the player; wow you would need a pretty good drive; but very possible....
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, I suspected as much this was your requirepment. There has been many discussions about this.

http://mcpmag.com/articles/2006/10/17/vmware-player--to-go.aspx

http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=10633

But I've never seen it delivered.

I've successfully installed VMware Player on BartPE, and run VMs from a USB stick, but they timed out because the USB flash drives were too slow, but it played them across the network.

But, BartPE cdrom is "tuned" to the hardware, there's nothing plug and play.

You could use Thinstall to Package VMware Player on a USB stick, and then run a VM from the stick.

I'll dig out another EE post, where we debated this subject ALL night, with different distros of Linux, using Virtualbox, instead of VMware Player.

But we've just not seen any real evidence of this being delivered, apart from lots of suggestions, and heresay.
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Dk_guruCommented:
maybe not yet available:
http://bit.ly/m89Ijn
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Unlikely with the latest VMware Player it's too large now, with maybe v1 (yes, maybe!).
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aqbgdtAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys - Enough food for weekend thoughts.

Regards.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you succeed please let me know!
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aqbgdtAuthor Commented:
Sure thing - I will.
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