Virtualization technology has revolutionized how we use computers, and VMware Workstation 12 is one of the leading virtualization software in the market today.
If you’re a developer or an IT professional looking to set up new virtual machines, you’ve come to the right place!
In this blog post, we’ll walk you through creating a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation 12 – from configuring hardware settings to installing operating systems – so let’s get started!
- 1 Introduction to VMware Workstation 12
- 2 Requirements for creating a new virtual machine
- 3 Steps for creating a new virtual machine
- 4 How to install different operating systems in a virtual machine
- 5 Customizing the virtual hardware settings
- 6 Different types of virtual machines and their applications
- 7 Tips and tricks for using VMware Workstation
Introduction to VMware Workstation 12
Assuming you have installed VMware Workstation 12 on your Windows machine, here’s how to create a new virtual machine.
Launch the program and click “Create a New Virtual Machine.”A new window will appear. Select “Installer disc image file (iso):” and click Browse.
Locate the Windows 10 ISO you downloaded earlier and select it. Make sure “Workstation 12 compatibility” is selected and click Next.
Requirements for creating a new virtual machine
Assuming you have installed VMware Workstation on your Windows host machine, you can launch it and click “Create a New Virtual Machine.”
The first step is to select the type of operating system installed on the virtual machine. We will select “Linux” and “Other Linux 2.6.x kernel” in this example.
Next, you must choose a name and location for the virtual machine. Be sure to specify enough disk space for the VM; For example, if you want to install Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with default settings, at least 8GB of disk space is required.
You can also adjust CPU and memory allocations at this stage if desired.
Once the basic settings have been configured, you will be prompted to begin the installation of the guest operating system.
Select your installation media (e.g., an ISO image) and follow the on-screen instructions to complete OS installation inside the VM.
That’s it! You should now have a functional virtual machine up and running inside VMware Workstation.
Steps for creating a new virtual machine
Creating a new virtual machine is relatively straightforward, assuming you have VMware Workstation installed and running. Here are the steps:
- Open VMware Workstation and click “Create a New Virtual Machine.”
- Select whether you want to create a typical or custom virtual machine. For this example, we’ll choose typical.
- Choose the operating system you want to install on the virtual machine. We’ll select “Linux,” but many other options are available, including Windows.
- Select the version of the OS you want to install. In our example, we’ll choose “Ubuntu 64-bit.”
- Give your VM a name and select where you want it stored on your computer’s hard drive.
- Specify how much memory (RAM) you want to allocate to the virtual machine. The default is typically 512 MB, but you can increase or decrease this as desired.
- Choose whether to create a physical disk or use an existing one. We’ll choose “Create a new virtual disk.”
- Specify the maximum disk size you want for your VM (the default is 20 GB). You can also split the disk into multiple files if desired; this can be useful if you move the VM to another computer in the future, as it makes it easier to transfer all of the files associated with that VM in one go.
- Click “Finish” to create the virtual machine.
- Once created, you’ll be prompted to install the guest operating system on the VM. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete this process.
How to install different operating systems in a virtual machine
Installing a new operating system in a virtual machine is a simple process. First, you need to download the ISO file for the operating system you want to install.
Once you have the ISO file, create a new virtual machine in VMware Workstation. To do this, open VMware Workstation and click “New Virtual Machine.”
Once you have created your new virtual machine, you must select the ISO file as your boot device. To do this, click on “Edit virtual machine settings” and select the “CD/DVD (IDE)” option.
Next, click on the “Use ISO image file” radio button and browse to the location of your ISO file.
After selecting your boot device, you can start your virtual machine and follow the prompts to install your new operating system.
Customizing the virtual hardware settings
To customize the virtual hardware settings for your new virtual machine, you’ll need to open the “Virtual Machine Settings” dialog box. To do this, click on the “Edit” button in the main toolbar, or select “Edit Settings” from the “Machine” menu.
Once you’re in the “Virtual Machine Settings” dialog box, you’ll see a list of all the available virtual hardware options on the left-hand side. To change any of these settings, click on the option you want to change and then make your changes in the panel on the right-hand side.
Be sure to take a look at all of the available options so that you can optimize your new virtual machine for your specific needs. After making your changes, click the “OK” button to save them and close the dialog box.
Once these changes are saved, your new virtual machine will be ready to go with all the customizations you specified.
Different types of virtual machines and their applications
Different virtual machine (VM) types can be used for different purposes. The most common type of VM is the full virtual machine, which offers complete isolation from the underlying host operating system and hardware.
Full VMs are typically used for server applications, where reliability and security are critical. Para-virtualized machines are a particular type of VM that offers improved performance by running directly on the host’s hardware rather than relying on emulation.
Paravirtualized VMs are often used for high-performance computing tasks or when absolute performance is critical.
Finally, hybrid VMs offer a mix of both full and paravirtualization, giving you the benefits of both approaches.
Tips and tricks for using VMware Workstation
Creating a new virtual machine is a relatively straightforward process assuming you have VMware Workstation installed and running on your computer. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get started:
- Choose the right type of virtual machine for your needs. If you’re not sure, the Default settings usually work fine.
- Allocate enough memory (RAM) to your virtual machine. If you plan on running resource-intensive applications, allocate more RAM than the minimum recommended by VMware Workstation.
- Create a separate virtual disk for your virtual machine. This will ensure that your host operating system’s disk won’t be affected if something goes wrong with your VM.
- Choose suitable networking options for your setup. If you’re unsure, selecting Bridged networking should work in most cases.
- Install VMware Tools in your virtual machine to improve performance and enable features like shared folders between your host and guest operating systems.
Creating a new virtual machine in VMware Workstation 12 is an easy process for anyone with basic computer knowledge.
Following the steps outlined in this article will help you get started quickly, so you can enjoy all the benefits of running a virtual machine.
Remember to choose your hardware options carefully and keep track of your settings throughout the installation so your machine runs perfectly once it’s up and running!