Debian 6 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

Debian 6 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method of installing Debian 6 in a virtual machine is to use the standard Debian 6 distribution CD.


Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • With many Linux guest operating systems, various problems have been observed when the BusLogic virtual SCSI adapter is used with VMware virtual machines. VMware recommends that you use the LSI Logic virtual SCSI adapter with this guest operating system.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the Debian 6 installation media in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine.
  3. From the Boot options, select Install for text mode installation or Graphical Install for graphic user interface installation.
  4. During the installation you might be prompted to Configure the package manager using Scan another CD or DVD or Use a network mirror.
    1. If you have additional installation media to install software select Yes and follow the prompts.
    2. If you select Use a network mirror to install software, you are prompted for HTTP Proxy information.
    3. (Optional) If you have the HTTP proxy information, type it in the space provided, otherwise leave it blank.
  5. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  6. Install VMware Tools using the tar installer.

VMware Tools in an Debian 6 Guest

For information on VMware Tools, see Knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294.

Knowledge Base Articles for Debian 6

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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