Install VMware Workstation Guest Machine on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10

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Few weeks ago we showed students and new users how to install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Ubuntu. That post can be found here. Today’s post shows you how to create a new guest operating system after installing VMware Workstation Pro host software.

For those who don’t, VMware Workstation Pro a virtualization software that allows technical professionals to install and run multiple x86-based Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems simultaneously on the same host machine.

You can create and run guest operating systems inside a window of the host computer. This is a powerful software and I’d recommend every technical professional to obtain a copy to use to create test environments where applications and other software settings can be tested.

To create a new guest machine, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install VMware Workstation Pro

To create VMware guest machines you must first install VMware host software installed. We’ve shown you how to do it on Ubuntu. Follow the link below to install VMware Workstation Pro.

Step 2: Create New Guest Machines.

Now that you’ve installed VMware Workstation, follow the method below to create new guest machine. For this tutorial, we’re going to be creating new Ubuntu desktop guest machine.

To do that, click File –> New Virtual Machine from VMware Host software. This should open the guest machine creation wizard. Use the screenshots below to help.

When the wizard opens, choose Typical (recommended) machine configuration and click Next.

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Then select the option to install the operating system later. This will create a blank virtual machine without the OS. You will be able to add the OS later after creating.

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Next, select the guest operating system type. For this post, we’re going with Ubuntu. Click Next to continue.

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Then create a new for the virtual machine and location to store it. The default is fine.

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Next, set the maximum disk size to use and click Next.

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Finally, click Finish to complete the guest machine creation.

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After that a new guest machine should be ready to install the operating system of your choice.

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Congratulations.. You’ve successfully created a virtual machine on VMware Workstation Pro.

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