How to Create a Linux Virtual Machine in VMware

Are you tired of constantly switching between operating systems and dealing with compatibility issues? Perhaps it’s time to create a Linux virtual machine in VMware.

This powerful tool allows you to run multiple operating systems on the same machine, giving you greater flexibility and control over your computing environment.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to start creating a Linux virtual machine using VMware, regardless of your level of expertise. So buckle up, and let’s dive into the world of virtual machines!

How to Create a Linux Virtual Machine in VMware

Introduction to VMware and Linux

Welcome to my blog post on creating a Linux virtual machine in VMware! In this post, I’ll take you through installing and configuring VMware and creating and setting up your first Linux virtual machine.

By the end of this post, you should understand how to start with VMware and Linux.

Installing VMware is a pretty straightforward process. Download the installer from the VMware website and run it on your Windows or Mac computer.

Once installed, launch the program and follow the prompts to create a new virtual machine. When prompted, select “Linux” as the operating system for your VM.

Now that you have VMware installed and a new VM created, it’s time to install Linux. For this example, I’ll be using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Start by downloading the Ubuntu ISO from their website.

Then, select your new VM in VMware and click “Edit Settings.” In the “CD/DVD drive 1” section, choose “Browse…” and select the Ubuntu ISO you downloaded. Now boot up your VM by clicking “Play virtual machine” in the toolbar. The Ubuntu installation process will start – follow the prompts to complete it.

Once Ubuntu is installed, you can use it like any other operating system. To access files on your host computer (the one running VMware), go to File > Connect to Server in the menu bar and enter the IP address of your host.

This will give you read/write access to your host’s hard drive, allowing you to transfer files and information back and forth between the two machines.

What Is a Virtual Machine?

A virtual machine (VM) emulates a real computer system. They are often used to run different operating systems (OSes) on the same physical machine. This allows for more flexibility and experimentation than if only one OS running on the hardware.

VMs are created through a process called virtualization. This can be done in various ways, but the most common is using a software application that “tricks” the hardware into thinking it is running multiple “virtual” machines. Each VM has its own resources, such as CPU, memory, and storage, allocated from the physical machine.

There are many benefits to using VMs, but they also have some drawbacks. The biggest benefit is that you can run multiple OSes on the same hardware, which can be useful for development or testing.

You can also snapshot a VM, which takes a “picture” of the entire state of the machine at that moment in time. This allows you to roll back to a previous state if something goes wrong or you make a mistake.

The biggest drawback to VMs is that they can be resource intensive since they run two operating systems simultaneously. If you don’t have enough resources allocated to your VM, it can run slowly or even crash.

Another downside is that VMs can be complex to set up and manage, so they may not be the best choice if you need something quickly or don’t want to spend much time learning how to use them.

Steps for Creating a Linux Virtual Machine in VMware

There are a few things you’ll need before you get started:

  1. A computer with VMware installed. You can download a free trial from the VMware website if you don’t have VMware.
  2. A Linux ISO file. You can download a variety of Linux distributions from the Internet or use an ISO you already have.
  3. Some basic knowledge of how to use VMware and Linux.

Once you have everything set up, creating your Linux virtual machine is pretty simple:

  1. Launch VMware and create a new virtual machine. Select “Linux” as the operating system when prompted and choose the appropriate version.
  2. Select the ISO file you downloaded in Step 2 as the source for your installation media.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation process. Usually, you only need to accept the default options and wait for the process to finish.
  4. Once your VM has been created, you can power it on and start using Linux!

Configure Network Settings

Configuring the network settings for your Linux virtual machine in VMware is a simple process. There are only a few options that you need to configure, and they are all located in the virtual machine’s settings window.

To access the settings window, click the “VM” menu at the top of the VMware Workstation window and select “Settings.”

In the settings window, click on the “Network Adapter” section. Here, you will see a list of all the network adapters currently configured for your virtual machine.

VMware Workstation creates a NAT adapter for each new virtual machine by default. The NAT adapter lets your virtual machine connect to the internet and other machines on your local network.

If you want your virtual machine to communicate with other machines on your local network (in addition to connecting to the internet), you must change the adapter type from NAT to Bridged. To do this, select Bridged from the drop-down menu next to “Adapter Type.”

Once you have changed the adapter type, select which physical network adapter you want to use for bridging on your host computer. By default, VMware Workstation uses the active network adapter (the one connected to your router or modem).

If you have multiple adapters enabled on your host computer (for example, a wired and wireless adapter), you can choose which one you want to use for bridging by selecting it from the drop-down menu next to “Network Connection.”

Finally, suppose you have chosen a wireless adapter for bridging. In that case, you must enter the Wireless Network Name (the SSID) and the Wireless Security Key into the appropriate fields.

When you are done configuring your network settings, click “OK” to save them. Your virtual machine should now be able to connect to your local network and the internet.

Create and Install an Operating System

Assuming you have VMware installed, launch the program and click “Create a New Virtual Machine.” Select “Installer disc image file (iso)” and browse to your Linux ISO.

If you don’t have an ISO, you can download one for free from either the official website of the Linux distribution you want to use or a site like DistroWatch.

Once you’ve selected your ISO, click “Next.” Choose a name and location for your virtual machine, then select how much memory to allocate. I recommend allocating at least 2048 MB (2 GB) of RAM to a Linux VM.

Click “Next,” then choose whether to create a new virtual disk or use an existing one. If you already have a spare virtual disk, create a new one. I recommend using at least 20 GB of storage for a Linux VM.

Click “Finish” to complete the setup of your new VM. With your VM highlighted in the main VMware window, click the “Play” button at the top to power on your machine. Select your optical drive (usually IDE CD-ROM 1) in the boot menu that appears and press Enter to boot from the ISO.

Optimize Performance

Linux virtual machines (VMs) are very popular on VMware vSphere servers. They offer many benefits, including running multiple operating systems on a single server and improved performance over traditional physical machines.

Creating a Linux VM in VMware vSphere is simple and only requires a few steps. First, you must create a new VM in the VMware vSphere Client. Select the Linux operating system type and version you want to use.

Next, you will need to specify the storage configuration for your VM. You can use either local storage or shared storage for your VM.

Finally, you will need to specify the networking configuration for your VM. You can use either standard networking or private networking for your VM.

Once you have completed these steps, your Linux VM will be ready. We recommend installing the VMware Tools software on your Linux VM to optimize performance.

The VMware Tools software includes drivers and utilities that improve performance and compatibility with vSphere servers.

Troubleshooting Tips When Creating a Linux Virtual Machine

  1. If you’re having trouble creating a Linux virtual machine in VMware, ensure you’ve installed all the necessary tools and software.
  2. Make sure you have enough disk space for the VM. Linux VMs typically require about 10GB of space.
  3. When you create the VM, select the “Linux” operating system type and choose the correct version of Linux from the drop-down menu.
  4. If you’re having trouble getting your network connection to work, check your network settings and make sure they’re configured correctly.
  5. If you’re still having trouble, try searching online for more troubleshooting tips or contacting VMware support for help.


Creating a Linux virtual machine in VMware is easy and provides more control over the installation process. With this guide, you can quickly and easily create your own Linux virtual machine and get up and running.

Additionally, thanks to the flexibility of VMware, you can make changes on-the-fly as needed or export backups of your system for safekeeping.

Whether you are just starting out or an IT professional looking for ways to streamline your process, creating a Linux virtual machine with VMware is one surefire way to make things easier.

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