There are a ton of FREE VMware appliances that just waiting for a click and download. And the best part? They are already configured and ready to run on any Windows XP/2003 or Linux VMware computer!
These servers can do some amazing things, like…
- Once these servers are opened with VMware Server or VMware Player, you can instantly “turn them on” and use them.
- These virtual appliances are a great way to demo or test applications. When you are done using it, just delete the virtual disk and the server & application are gone. Or, if you like the application, you can move the whole appliances to a production server.
So where should you start?
Head to the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace – one of the best sources for virtual appliances on the Internet. But be sure to pay attention to Certified Appliances and non-certified. The certified appliances are from software companies that want to demo their software solution and where their appliances have passed a level of testing to ensure it will function and be secure.
If you’re at a loss and don’t know which virtual appliance is right for you – check out these Top 5 VMware appliances based on popularity.
- Openfiler – a powerful browser based Network Attached Storage appliance. It runs on top of CentOS Linux and supports iSCSI, SMB, NFS, FTP, and other file transfer protocols. You can download the Openfiler NAS appliance here. Openfiler is a free open-source application.
- Nagios – an excellent free open-source network monitoring application using the Groundwork open source network monitor, MySQL, and Suse Linux. You can find the virtual appliance for Nagios here.
- Cacti – a network performance graphing system. This virtual appliance also offers other applications like syslog and SNMP. You can download the free Cacti appliance at this link.
- Fedora Linux – why wait to download it and install it when you can download it “already installed” at this link?
- Exchange 2007, others – Microsoft offers a number of virtual machines that can be downloaded from the Internet. While these are designed to run on MS Virtual Server, once downloaded, these can be imported into VMware. For more information on this, checkout our article on how to Download Exchange 2007 Virtual Machines.