Vmware is a virtualization software. With Vmware you can install multiple operating systems on single machine.
So lets get started with VmWare workstation and install it and make our first VM on top of it.
VMware as a company has many software but the software which we will use to create multiple virtual machines on our system is called Vmware workstation
Step 1: Get the Setup file
You need to have the setup file before starting up. duahhhh!!!
Now you can get the setup from a lot of sources but I would suggest you buy it online from Vmware's official site.
Step 2: Starting with installation
Double click the exe
Product installation will begin. Windows installer will start click next and accept the license
Keep clicking next like every time we install a windows software ( Keep an eye on check boxes and keep choosing you required settings). Then at last click on that install button.
Relax sit for another 5-10 minutes( maybe more).
Click the finish button once the installation is complete.
The installation is complete,defiantly not that difficult.
Now search for the vmware icon which might be residing somewhere on your Desktop or you can navigate through start menu and all programs.
Step 3: Let's create a Virtual Machine
- I hope you have an iso image file ready of the OS that you would want install. I know you have, just saying 😉
Double click on the VMware icon. Under the home tab on the startup screen click on create a new virtual machine.
Lets click on the typical installation on the prompt. It does the job. You can also go through advanced settings but believe me you get to tune the parameters that matter in the typical settings and it helps you build the machine in a jiffy.
So choose typical settings and you can always customize the machine later.
Click next and you will have to browse to the iso from where you will be installing OS.
I have already a downloaded redhat linux as you can see i will click next now
On the next window input the admin user name and password and clock next.
You can name you virtual machine on this page and installation files by default will go to the C drive in windows. If you want you can modify that too.
Select the hard disk size and click next and specify the hard disk space to be allotted to the virtual OS.
Click next and you will have the summary of the specifications of the newly created machine.
Step 4: And we are done !! Almost.
Just before you click that finish button you can click on that customize hardware button, yes all the fun we had we chosen custom install.
If you want you can customize the ram, number of CPU cores and NAT adaptor settings etc.
I prefer to keep it default as it will work fine for the normal use and we can modify it later as per requirements.
Now once you are done with custom settings you can go ahead and click the finish button and installation will commence. Sit back and relax the work is done and your virtual OS will be up and running in few minutes.