How to Create New Virtual Guest Machines on VMware Workstation Player

Few days ago we showed students and new users how to install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 LTS. For those who followed that tutorial and successfully installed VMware Workstation Player can read this post to learn how to create new virtual guest machines.

In our previous post we said that VMware Workstation Player is a virtualization software that allows users to run multiple guest machines simultaneous on a single host computer. These guest machines can then be configured to run multiple operation systems like Windows, Linux and MacOS…

If you’re a technical person and looking to create an environment for testing applications and software, then VMware Workstation Player should be a great place to start. It’s free for personal use and affordable for commercial business as well.

To learn how to create new virtual guest machines, continue below:

Step 1: Install VMware Workstation Player

In order to create new virtual guest machines on VMware Workstation Player, you must first install it on a host computer. to do that on Ubuntu, read the post below:

Step 2: Create A New Virtual Guest Machine

Now that VMware Workstation Player software is installed the host computer, open the application and go to File ==> Create New Virtual Machine

This should open the new VM creation wizard. When the wizard opens, choose to create the Virtual Machine and install the operating system later. and continue.

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Next, select the operating system that will be installed on the new virtual machine. then click Next.

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Next, choose a new for the virtual machine and the location store it. you’ll probably want to accept the default location, but can change the name to what ever you want. Click Next when done.

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Next, specify the Hard Disk capacity. the recommended setting should be enough. however, if the host machine doesn’t have large free space available, you can reduce the virtual machine disk capacity on this page. when done, click Next to continue.

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Click Finish to create the virtual machine. You will then be able to install Ubuntu OS on it.

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When the wizard is done, click Edit virtual machine settings to specify the operating system disk or ISO image you want to use to install on the VM.

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Then select CD/DVD (SATA) from the Hardware list, and choose the location of the operating system disk or image. If you have an ISO image, browse and select. for DVD dish, choose physical drive.

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Save your change and close out. then Start the virtual machine. and if everything is configured right, you should see the operating system boot screen to install.

That’s it!


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