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    Any Virtual Machine users?

    I was trying to build a setup that had multi-zone on one PC, but most Front Ends have way to many limitations to make it a individual and working experience. The only option was to put individual PC systems into the car, or build a powerful system that can use virtual machines. I decided to go with the latter.

    I decided to use VMPlayer, which is provided for free and is created by VMware. Problem is I have some questions on set up. I plan to use a AMD Phenom X6, also plan to use 5 virtual machines.

    1) So does that mean under number of cores, I set 1 core per VM?

    2) In options, it asks me how many displays the VM would use. I have 6 physical displays, but under the VM settings do I only put one display?

    3) Is there a way to make it so that a specific VM opens on a specific display by default?

    4) Is there a way to make VM auto start?

    5) If I hibernate the host setup, will the VM be active after coming out of hibernation?

    Thanx in advance for any advice or tips you can give.
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    1. I would set them to two cores per VM depending on what the VM is doing. I'm not sure on this but I think to be able to use more than one core, you need to make sure virtualization is turned on in the BIOS. I know this is true of VirtualBox on Linux, don't know about windows. If the VMs sit idle most of the time, give them the ability to use at least two cores.

    2. Only one display.

    3. I have no idea. When you find out, tell me.

    4. I'm not sure about VMPlayer, but you can with VirtualBox. EDIT: It might be something like this:
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    R:\vm\vmware\vmplayer.exe -x "n:\centos\Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.vmx"
    5. No idea once again. Try it and let me know. I would think so, but I'm basing that on how ESX works.
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    How do I find out if a MoBo has this feature to activate virtualization in the BIOS?
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    It will mostly be a feature of the processor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86_virtualization describes the hardware versions to look for from intel and amd.

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    1) So does that mean under number of cores, I set 1 core per VM?
    Once I set it to 1 core, and 2.0GB of RAM, the VM ran super fast.

    2) In options, it asks me how many displays the VM would use. I have 6 physical displays, but under the VM settings do I only put one display?
    Setting it for one display also increased speed.

    3) Is there a way to make it so that a specific VM opens on a specific display by default?
    Wasnt able to play with this yet.

    4) Is there a way to make VM auto start?
    Didnt get to this either

    5) If I hibernate the host setup, will the VM be active after coming out of hibernation?
    It will actually hibernate and start all VM machines if you hibernate the host. Only thing is that it takes a long time to shut down to hibernate. Took about 2 minutes. Took almost one minute to come out of hibernate. But to have 6 individual like zones is well worth it the wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    4) Is there a way to make VM auto start?
    Just make a shortcut to the vmx file of the vm you want to start and place it in your startup folder. This should autostart the player with the specified vm at startup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borte View Post
    Just make a shortcut to the vmx file of the vm you want to start and place it in your startup folder. This should autostart the player with the specified vm at startup.
    I was actually thinking about that. You think they will open on the display they were last at? Maybe I am overlooking a screen assignment option?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    I was actually thinking about that. You think they will open on the display they were last at? Maybe I am overlooking a screen assignment option?
    It will restart at the location of last shutdown. In other words it will restart on the display you last used it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borte View Post
    It will restart at the location of last shutdown. In other words it will restart on the display you last used it on.
    Thanx..... youve been a great help.... now I just have to build the setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borte View Post
    It will restart at the location of last shutdown. In other words it will restart on the display you last used it on.
    Is that a per VM thing or VMPlayer? I'm wondering if it will open on the display that vmplayer was last open on, regardless of which VM was running. That may pose a problem.
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