Step 1: Creating the virtual machine

Learn how to create a virtual machine using VMWare Server to host an installation of Lotus Domino Server on SUSE Linux.

To create the virtual machine, you can use the built-in wizard within VMware Server to walk through the setup.

I specified that my operating system would be SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, assigned 512 MB of RAM to the machine, and created a virtual 20 GB hard drive -- with that space pre-allocated for better performance. I left all the other virtual machine options in their default state, including network address handling.

After your virtual machine is created, verify that it includes access to the host machine's CD drive, since you will likely need that to install Linux and Domino. This setting is found within the pull-down menu VM -> Settings -> Hardware.

My project was primarily for test purposes. But for an actual enterprise-grade installation, you should create a beefier virtual machine with more RAM and a larger virtual disk. You might also want to use a more sophisticated virtualization product, such as VMware ESX Server.


STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE: HOW TO INSTALL DOMINO SERVER ON LINUX

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Creating the virtual machine
 Step 2: Installing Linux
 Step 3: Installing Lotus Domino Server
 Step 4: Starting Lotus Domino Server for the first time
 Step 5: Running Lotus Domino Server on Linux

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
Charles Connell IV
Charles Connell IV is a high school student in Bedford, Mass. He can be reached at charles@connells.org.
This was first published in May 2007

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