Technics: Expanding your VMware virtual disk

A really hot FAQ is:
How can I enlarge a default 4GB virtual disk in a VM?

Usually answer is:
1. Create a secondary virtual disk (larger than first one)
2. Grab a program like Symantec Ghost
3. Clone VHD1 inside VHD2
4. Remove VHD1 and go happy with larger virtual disk

This solution is good, but Ghost (or DriveImage or Altiris products) are expensive.

I just found a free tool tha is OS indipendent, fits in a single floppy and clone a disk from smaller to larger dimension.
It’s called HDClone Free Edition.

I’m a VMware betatester now!

I finally managed to enter in VMware beta programs.
I’ll not disclose informations about developing products since I’m under NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement), but at least I could tell if a most wanted feature is seen at horizont 🙂

Releases: VMware Workstation 4.0.5 released!

The fixes include the following issues:

Introduces internationalization of the shared folders and drag and drop features. These features now support localized guest operating systems, including locales such as Japanese that use double-byte characters.

VMware Tools for Windows guests uses less memory than in previous releases.

This product will be available as a download from starting on 10/3/2003.

VMware Workstation customers, if covered under the VMware Workstation Product Upgrade Policy as described at:

are entitled to download and install this updated version.

Release notes are at:


Q: The previous public release of Workstation was 4.0.2. This version is 4.0.5. Were versions 4.0.3 and 4.0.4 released?

A: Version 4.0.5 is the first public release after version 4.0.2.

Technics: Simulating slow connections

Many VMware and VirtualPC users are in need of simulating a WAN connection: introducing delay in virtual environments is useful to better test scenarios like Active Directory replication, VPN tunneling and so on.
There are at least three solutions to do that:

1. (only for VMware users) Use virtual serial ports
This isn’t the best method since you cannot choose any delay you want.

2. Buy an expensive solution called Shunra\Cloud
It works on Windows OS and costs about $5,900.

3. Create a new virtual machine for a liveCD OS called m0n0wall
It’s a FreeBSD custom environment created to be a light (only 5mb ISO) and secure solution. It has a traffic shaper feature, ideal to simulate a WAN connection.

4. Download (and eventually buy) a software called MikroTik RouterOS. A free license exists with some limitations.
While m0n0wall can route statically this one can route using RIPv1 and v2, OSPF and BGP.

My first post!

Hello folks!
This is my first post on this blog. intend to be a place where to publish news, impressions, comments, reviews and anything else related to virtual machine softwares around (VMware, VirtualPC and Virtual Server, etc.).

I’m a security consultant and a teacher and virtual software comes handy for both tasks.

Enjoy your stay!

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