VMware images - A list of all VMware appliances available for download from Trend Sigma. The images you can see at the right are only the current top distros. Of course, they are also the most wanted ones.
Passwords - Some distros don't seem to be too compatible with their users. We found that passwords leave people sometimes puzzled. Generally all passwords for Trend Sigma images are set to password. But, depending on the specific Linux distro there are some idiosyncrasies:
Ubuntu and derivatives have an admin password for the standard user that may not be equivalent to the password for root. For Trend Sigma appliances they are both set to password.
- Fedora and some others don't allow root to log into a full graphical session by default. But the root password is set to password and works for console operations like su and sudo.
Crashes - If you see after starting an image text that includes the dreaded "kernel panic" phrase, there is a compatibility problem. In this specific case only powering off helps, because the guest has crashed.
If an upgrade to the newest VMware software is possible, consider that first. Note: VMware Player for 32 bit host OSes is only available up to version 6.x.
- Otherwise trial and error may help with reconfiguring your existing setup.
VMware software has some config features that influence the virtual machine. In the Player they can be found under:
Hardware -> "Edit virtual machine settings" -> Processors. There are settings like "Intel VT-x or AMD-V" or "Binary translation". Both settings are worth a try. Also "Disable acceleration for binary translation" may help.
Options -> General -> "Guest operating system" / Version. These settings can also be tried, either with the best matching selection, or an older or more general one. We even have heard the tip to select Windows NT 4.0 for running a Linux guest.
These virtualization problems often occur during the startup and are sometimes not reproducible. So, once you succeeded starting the VM, suspend it instead of shutting it down.
No reaction from the guest system after it worked, albeit slowly. Often the reason is simply that there is not enough RAM allocated to the VM. Change that from within the VMware software with "Virtual Machine Settings" and reboot the guest. Only then the new RAM amount will be used. It may also help to increase the number of physically used processor cores.
Some hardware doesn't work - Check if the device is connected, e.g., with the VMware Player menu: Player -> Removable devices.
Internet connection failure - This can have many reasons. First, check if the network adapter is connected with the above. Then it may help to disable and reenable the Ethernet network of the guest OS, which is usually possible with an icon on the taskbar.