Installing Vmware workstation and creating a virtual machine

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.

Windows installation file is an exe and is about 300MB

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.​

VMware icon sitting on my Desktop

VMware icon sitting on my Desktop

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.

Don't be shy just click

​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.

choose typical settings and click next(unless you want to do some hocus pocus)

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

browse the iso by location

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.​

here the specifications of your future VM

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.

If you want you can tweak some parameters, but there is always an option of doing it later

​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.

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