IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 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.

IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method of installing IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 in a virtual machine is to use the IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 boot disk CD and the IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 CD.


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

Consider these support and configuration issues for IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0:

  • Additional disks should be less than or equal to 528MB.
  • Additional disks must be of the same type already in use by the virtual machine. For example, if an IBM OS/2 Warp guest is installed on a BusLogic disk, any additional disk should also be BusLogic disk. The same is true for LSI Logic and IDE.

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 boot disk in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0.
  3. Insert the second and third installer disks when requested.
  4. After installing the required drivers from the boot disk CD, insert the IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 install CD into the CD-ROM drive.
  5. Press the F3 key to use the command line interface to partition the hard drive.
    Alternatively, press Enter to select the GUI mode.
  6. Partition the hard disk drive using the FDISK utility.
  7. Create an appropriate start volume on which to install the guest, and save the FDSIK settings.
  8. Reinsert the IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 installer disk in the CD drive and reboot the guest.
  9. Reinsert the second and third installer disks during the initial startup.
  10. After the initial startup completes, insert the IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 install CD in the CD drive.
    The start volume appears on the screen.
  11. Select an appropriate volume to install the guest.
  12. Format the file system with File Allocation Table (FAT) File System or High Performance File System (HPFS).
  13. Continue the installation by selecting components, utilities, and other resources.
  14. After completing the installation, reboot the guest.

Create Boot Disks

You can create boot disks from the 32-bit IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 install CD, using the CDINST utility in the IBM OS/2 Warp4.0 virtual machine.

Installation Steps

  1. Power on the system in which 32-bit IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 is installed.
  2. Insert the 32-bit IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 install CD into the CD-ROM drive.
  3. Double-click the CDINST utility located in the root directory.
  4. Insert blank disks one at a time to create bootable disks.

VMware Tools in an IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 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 IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0

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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