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Can we Install VMWare (or similar) on a bare metal Novell Netware 6.5 server?

found a lot of refs to Installing VMware Tools for NetWare (in a Virtualised Netware installation)
eg https://www.vmware.com/support/ws5/doc/ws_newguest_tools_netware.html

What I can't find is any evidence that we can install VMWare Tools (or anything else which can give me a VM) in bare metal Netware (6.5)

Does anyone know if that's possible and, if so, where can I find the idiot guide on how to do it?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon
Bill Courtney

Bare metal Netware is not a VM. So vmWare Tools is moot.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Novell Netware is not a Hypervisor.

VMware Tools is a set of software which is installed in a virtual machine hosted on a VMware Hypervisor.

This is what you have read VMware Tools is not virtualisation software

So I am afraid what you want to do is not possible you may be able to convert your Novell Netware server to a virtual server.
Mike Jacobs

ah, thanks chaps. I obviously asked the wrong question.

What I need to know is whether there is any software that allows us to run a VM on a Novell platform...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

No, it was developed long before Hypervisors, were invented.

But convert your existing bare metal server to VMware vSphere, and run your Novell Netware server as a VM, and then you can use the existing server to run.

1. VMs.
2. and Novell Netware as a VM.
Mike Jacobs

completely new concept to me. Where can I find the best idiot guide to doing something like that?

John Tsioumpris

Have you seen this video on Youtube on Installing Netware on Virtualbox ? :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5lT6baQ4Ls
and running : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUvoNddr1x4
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Mike Jacobs

My instinctive objection to running Novell as a VM on a Windows platform is that it completely undermines the whole point of using Novell in the first place for its superior stability and immunitty to Windows security issues. If the VM is on a windows platform, all that goes out of the window!

Am I wrong?

John Tsioumpris

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

You would not run a production system on a Desktop Hypervisor.