Can I use VMWare Player from a pendrive?

Jimmy S December 6, 2013

Hi there I was wondering is there a way to either mount or install VMWare Player to a USB pendrive and run Linux as guest. I do not want to have to use the cd or dual boot my computer. Thanking you in advance.

  1. Jimmy S
    December 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks am aware of that but i want to practice network configuration what am really want to know will my configuration be saved if i boot as you mention that is my concern.

  2. dragonmouth
    December 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Why not just install Linux on the USB drive and boot from that drive whenever you want to run Linux?

  3. Kannon Y
    December 7, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I don't know about VMware, but Live Linux USB Creator provides the option to run a Linux distro from within a Virtualized installation using VirtualBox, directly from USB.

    When imaging the ISO to USB make sure you check the virtualization option.

    After that, you can then boot ISOs directly from your USB drive.

  4. Jimmy S
    December 6, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    No i do not get the option and answer to JAN . F i really do not want to leave it on my computer that is my reason for wanting to install it to my usb pendrive.

    • Jan F
      December 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Well, in order to have network connectivity within the virtual machine they all need to install a virtual network adapter into the host system.
      So they all require some local installation/configuration and they all leave a trace behind ~ if that is of your concern. In that case you may want to actually create a bootable USB system which will require a reboot to use.

      You could try a Windows build of QEMU but I'm not sure if it can be fully run from a USB drive without any local installation.

  5. Jimmy S
    December 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    No mi do not get that option.

  6. Hovsep A
    December 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    when you run VMWare Player installation exe do you get any options related install to USB key?

  7. Jan F
    December 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I think you are misinformed about what VMware Player is or confuse it with something else.

    VMware Player is not a bootable system. It simply is a virtualization software. You install it and then open it like any other software, like Office, like your Browser and then you just start the virtual machine e.g. Linux in it. There is no reboot, dual-boot or CD involved.

    If you do want to take the virtual Linux around with you, you can of course store the virtual machine on the USB flash drive.

  8. Jimmy S
    December 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for all you help guys if i have to install the VM to my computer then i have to .

  9. Oron J
    December 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I'm with Bruce. You probably could do it (I've never tried though), but performance would be an issue. USB is both a bottleneck in itself (certainly USB 2.0) but also places a significant load on the processor. By installing on the HDD, you get very fast disc access and more CPU resources directed at what you should be doing.
    Or, are you thinking perhaps as using it as a kind of live drive? If so, get a multiboot loader (SARDU, YUMI etc) and install the system on your USB, it'll work just fine without being "virtual".

  10. Jimmy S
    December 6, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for your reply but i do not want to have the VM on my computer if that is possible i would like to have it on my usb pendrive it will only be used on one computer.

  11. Bruce E
    December 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I am wondering why you would even want to run VMWare from a USB device. Just install it to your hard drive, create a new virtual machine for whatever operating system you want and install it to that VM. You will no longer need the CD and you are not dual-booting your system. Whenever you want the alternate operating system, you siimply start the VM with no need for a pendrive to do so and it is always available on that system. And unless changes have been made recently, a VM created on one system using VMWare Player can't be used on another computer, so portability isn't possible there. (Although, if a VM is created with VMWare Workstation - their paid product - it can be moved to other machines.)

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