How To: Install Ubuntu in VMWare Player

Install Ubuntu in VMWare Player

When someone is looking for a development or test environment where he don’t want to disturb his current setup by installing the additional software, the virtualization is the best thing, which comes in his mind. There are many virtualization platforms out there in the market like VMWare and Hyper-V etc. I use the VMWare extensively for my development environments, like PHP Development Environment or the SharePoint Development Environment.

In case you, are interested in similar sort of setup, all you need is to buy the VMWare Workstation (I personally recommend, get it from here) or use one of the many free / opensource virtualization platforms like VirtualBox. Here with this post I am demonstrating the setup of the Ubuntu (Download Ubuntu) Linux as guest OS in VMWare Player (it will be similar for the VMWare Workstation). You can follow the below video see the setup instructions.

As it is shown in the video above the installation steps are very much similar to the one which anybody will follow, while installing any OS in physical machine. The only thing which you need to learn is what should be the configuration of the Virtual Machine you are creating. There are people out there who use this kind of virtualization to even run a full fledged development environment. This helps them separate out there development environment with the general use environment, keeping there host machine neat and clean. One more benefit, as identified by many people is that you can easily migrate one environment from one machine to another machine with all its configurations.

Hope you will enjoy your virtual environment whether it is for development or testing or whatever purpose it solves for you.

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How To: Setup PHP Development Environment in Ubuntu

Setup PHP Development Environment in Ubuntu

I have produced a video on how to Setup PHP Development Environment in Ubuntu Linux. It covers the below topics:

  1. Installation of Apache Web Server
  2. Installation of PHP
  3. Installation of MySQL Database Server
  4. Installation of Development Tools
    • MySQL Workbench
    • Komodo IDE

You can download the complete installation instructions here.

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How To: Install PHP on IIS in Windows 8 Easily

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Install PHP on IIS in Windows 8

There are many people, who come to me asking, is there any simple way of installing PHP on my PC with Windows and IIS. The answer is, Yes.

Thanks to Microsoft for providing a great tool named Web Platform Installer. This tool is capable of setting up your machine for different tested and tried configuration. It can install many applications & packages. I always used this tool prepare the servers and development environment. However it has only one lack of feature, “Offline Installations”. I am still happy as most of the time when I am configuring the environments, the Internet is available and this tool can quickly download the latest one over the Internet. I have prepared a short video for the same.

How To: Create USB Installation Stick for Windows 7 64bit and 32bit

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Create USB Installation Stick for Windows 7 64bit and 32bit

There are chances that you are playing a role of IT engineer, who has to install many windows OS every day and you are tired of with the traditional way of installation the OS from DVD. Well in that case you can use a USB stick to install the OS from.

You just need an empty USB stick and the source iso image for the windows operating system. to create a USB installation stick you need to download windows usb / dvd download tool from Microsoft and follow the below guide.

How To: Dual Boot Windows 7 along with Windows 8 from VHD

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Dual Boot Windows 7 along with Windows 8 from VHD

Sometime back when windows 8 was introduced and made available to public, I was at Windows 7 on my laptop and wanted eagerly to install the same. but unfortunately I was having a complete environment setup over there which was hard to wash and rebuild on that eager to see the new operating system on my machine. So, I decided to have my PC dual boot. But there is never the less hurdles in front of a doer. The other problem was to have a spare partition and make it available for installing the windows 8. Finally, the problem was solved by an angle named VHD (Virtual Hard Disk).

I assume there many people who still think that a VHD file requires a virtualization software on you machine to execute from, but no you can have that file hosted with your physical machine and make it act like a Hard Disk Drive encapsulating all of its data from the rest of the drive containing this file. Once you have a VHD file, you can use that as a volume to install the windows also and the same I did here. To help people understand and see visually i have prepared a video on the same.

I want this guide to be helpful to all of you so that in case you are also stuck up with the same kind of situation, can use the guide to seamlessly dual boot the OS without disturbing the existing environment and do your testing before moving ahead.