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I want to build a CENTOS box install with everything setup . including mysql. . .basically: A production box without the ability to make any "script" changes. However I do want to be add records to the mysql database .. run operations, etc.

Can I setup the box in vmware and use vmplayer a solution?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Yes, if you are non-profit or non-commercial you can use VMware Player.

You could also use Oracle Virtualbox, both free.

VMware Player 6.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 [FREE]
http://www.virtualbox.org/
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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What do you mean by 'script' changes?

In essence: if you setup a CentOS server in a VMware environment, you can use it just like it were a real server. If you want to make connections from the guest to CentOS, you may have to open a few ports in the CentOS firewall.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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Can I still use VMware Player for free?

VMware Player is free for personal non-commercial use. If you would like to learn about Virtual Machines or use them at home you are welcome to use VMware Player for Free. Students and Faculty of accredited educational institutions can use VMware Player for free if they are members of the VMware Academic Program.
- See more at: https://www.vmware.com/products/player/faqs.html#sthash.nfjnkusL.dpuf

https://www.vmware.com/products/player/faqs.html
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by:Starquest321
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My object is to ahcieve that the user "cannot" change or update the box..  .he cannot even use the full vmware package to make updates. . . it's like sending him an app in a vmware environment. No changes ... unless he has the "orginal" box from the full vmware pacakge.
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He can make changes using VMware Player, if you give him the VM!

VMware Player and VMware Workstation are similar.

VMware ACE could do this, but it's since been discontinued.
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So that's what I am looking for: ACE. . what is the replacement?
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Nothing replaced ACE, other than the Cloud based hosted VMs.
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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What functionality do you want to offer to the user?
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by:Neil Russell
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It sounds like what you want to do has nothing at all to do with virtualization but more to do with OS security.
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by:gheist
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Suffice to say you cannot do that. EVER.

e.g you can break into boot chain of vcenter server appliance and install SLES11 torrent seeder rpm
or edit it with vmware studio to your liking e.g. adding disk that is formated on every boot...

Why dont you make a LiveCD?
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by:Starquest321
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How do you make a LiveCD?

What do you mean by that?
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To make readonly distribution...
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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Readonly would imply that you cannot run mysql, where would it store its information?
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by:gheist
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live USB sticks have a way around it....
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by:Starquest321
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What way? How can you store in read  only distrubtiion?
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Copy it to USB drive and check...
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by:Gerwin Jansen, EE MVE
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Isn't a live distribution on a thumb drive the same as running CentOS in VMware player?

If you just want to setup a machine that runs mysql, why not just setup a turnkey mysql Linux machine? Change the admin passwords, setup some mysql users etc. http://www.turnkeylinux.org/mysql
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All excellent directions. Good discussions.
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