Though it is not the primary use case, nor officially supported, it is possible to run CloudReady as the OS on a virtual machine on other computers using VMware applications.
You can download an OVA image of the Home Edition for this purpose below, or contact sales to request the EDU or Enterprise Edition as a VM.
CloudReady is designed primarily to bring speed, management, and security benefits to any PC or Mac hardware, and to do that effectively it must be installed as the only operating system on a machine. For this reason, Neverware never recommends running CloudReady as a VM for production use cases as the security and management benefits are reduced or eliminated when a host-OS is also involved.
However, we often hear from folks who want to try a VM of CloudReady for testing, experimentation, or development purposes, and we are happy to help however we can.
If you'd like to run CloudReady as a VM, you can do so using VMware applications on Linux, Windows and Mac including VMware ESXi, VMware Workstation, VMware Player, and VMware Fusion. We've prepared a CloudReady: Home Edition image as a VMware OVA file to make it easy to import and get started.
- Tested in VMware ESXi 6.5, Workstation 14.1.1 and Fusion 10.1.
- Does not work on VMware Workstation 15 in our testing, but does work in Workstation Pro
- CloudReady will not work with Virtualbox as a host-application due to graphics incompatibilities
- Updates, rootFS verification, and command line access are all the same on this image as on other versions of the Home Edition.