Using VMware Player for Server Testing: Part 2

In an earlier post, we learned how to setup a new virtual machine in VMware Player for the purposes of testing a server implementation. In this post, we will look at some ways you can manipulate VMware Player to emulate your server environment.


One of the first things you will want to do is change hardware settings to closely match your server. To begin, Right click on your virtual machine and click “Virtual Machine Settings”

  • Memory – You can specify the amount of memory you want to allocate to the system. Keep in mind that it can only be a portion of your host system’s physical memory. It includes recommended levels to make it easier for you.
  • Processors – You may allocate more than one processor to the system, useful for testing applications that can benefit from threading.
  • Network adapter – By default, VMware will use NAT, which shares the IP address with the host. If you need to have your virtual server accessible from the network, you should use “Bridged”


There are few software settings that may benefit your server testing once you have started your virtual machine:

  • Enter Unity – This setting allows you to integrate the guest OS into the Host, which is useful in a desktop environment if all you need is terminal access to the guest OS  (an alternative is to SSH into a guest running in Bridged mode).
  • Download a Virtual Appliance – If you need to deploy multiple instances of your testbed, packaged and ready to go, this is the solution.

There are many more options you may want to consider when using VMware to test a server environment. For more information, see this article.