I'm trying to setup a VMware Virtual Machine under a Windows 10 host.
I currently have 1 hard drive split into 2 partitions, currently using Ubuntu with dual boot.
I would like to mount the Ubuntu as a guest in Windows host.
I have been trying to setup the Ubuntu partition using the Physical Disk option under VMware (I've tried IDE, SCSI, Sata). If I tell the VMware to use entire disk, I will get "current disk is in use" message. If I select only the relevant Linux partitions, it will say "Cannot find operating system".
What's strange is my Linux partition is showing up as "Efi system" under File System column, whereas I thought it was supposed to say "Linux" under File System. Should I try to first change the file system of that partition to Linux instead of Efi? (How would I do that?)
VMware should be able to let me run an Ubuntu partition as a guest even if it is on the same hard drive as the host, right?
Edit: To clarify, the above info is reported by VMware-Workstation.
However, under Ubuntu Gparted this is how my partitions look like:
My current SSD harddrive is currently setup this way (according to Linux GParted)
- /dev/nvme0n1p1 ntfs (diag)
- /dev/nvme0n1p2 fat32 (boot,esp)
- /dev/nvme0n1p3 unknown (msftres) [Microsoft Reserved Partition whatever that is]
- /dev/nvme0n1p4 ntfs (msftdata) [This is the Windows 10 partition]
- /dev/nvme0n1p5 ext4 (boot, esp) [This is my Ubuntu partition]
- /dev/nvme0n1p6 linux-swap
- /dev/nvme0n1p7 ntfs (hidden, diag)
GParted also reports that mount point / is on nvme0n1p5 & mount point /boot/efi on nvme0n1p2.
[now I'm confused, did my Ubuntu machine boot from nvme0n1p5 (with flag boot) or nvme0n1p2 (with mount point /boot/efi)?]
Anyway, I've tried to attach both partitions to Physical Disk hard drive option of Windows 10 VMWare-Workstation but the machine still won't boot the guest Ubuntu.
I can dual-boot (by switching "hard drive order" in BIOS - [even though there's only one harddrive!]) but what I would like to do is to boot & run the Ubuntu partition from within Windows.
I think I might be understanding the problem a bit more:
- upon first boot, I select Windows 10 EFI as boot option
- in windows, I setup a virtual machine to run the second partition in the same hard drive that's currently running as host
- but to boot the second partition, I must tell virtual machine setup to run the same EFI boot manager as (1)
- it fails to run the EFI boot manager (is it in use?) and drops me to an Internal EFI shell
- from EFI Shell I can select a filesystem and cd into /efi/boot and see some .efi files there, but I don't know how to boot from those .efi files.
Can anyone tell me how to boot an .efi file from the Internal EFI Shell?