How to create a 'new' virtual machine using only VMware Player

Well, not exactly new, hence the quotation marks.

But if you:
  • already have a virtual machine,
  • need a new one with another operating system, but do not need another configuration for this new machine (for example, smaller or bigger HDD),
you can simply:
  • make a copy of the existing virtual machine's folder,
  • run the machine from the new location,
  • put an installation CD of the new operating system and change the booting device to CD-ROM.
Quick and dirty method, but it works - I installed an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2003 this way.

And if you have more time, you may find these articles interesting:
  How-to: VMware player modification
  How to create virtual machines using VMware Player

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