Is it possible to create a VM in VMWare that does not write to the host's hard disk? I want the VM to boot a Linux live disk only.
Yes. Assuming your goal is to simply boot a virtual machine with a Live Linux disc then you need to do 3 things:
- Obtain an .iso of the live Linux disc.
- Create a new virtual machine with no hard disks and one CD drive which you will assign the .iso file to.
- Boot the VM from the virtual disk.
The only data written to the host’s hard disk will be the virtual machine’s metadata and virtual swap space.