If you google a bit, you will find how to create this kind of custom image. John Bokma has done a great job to show step by step how to build an image for Windows XP Pro. So I followed the same steps and build a blank image to install Solaris 10.
Creating a blank image for an install involves to steps :
- Creating a compressed virtual hard drive file. This is done with an utility found in Qemu, called
qemu-img.exe. The typical command line is
"qemu-img.exe create -f vmdk Solaris10.vmdk 10G"(for Solaris, I choose a 10Go drive size to be able to make a default install).
- Creating a descriptor file for VMWare Player. This is done with NotePad or WordPad. This is mostly a copy-and-paste job.
With this blank image and the Solaris 10 DVD (which I downloaded), you have all you need to launch VMWare Player and install Solaris 10.
I don't want provide complete image of Solaris 10 as I have no place to store it and no rights to do it. But for the lazy one, I provide the following images :