How to Create a Ubuntu Virtual Machine Using VMware

Are you looking to create a virtual machine on your computer for running Ubuntu? Look no further!

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through creating a Ubuntu virtual machine using VMware – one of the most popular virtualization software.

Whether for testing purposes or simply getting comfortable with Linux operating systems, we’ve got you covered.

So sit tight, and let’s start on your journey to setting up a powerful and flexible Ubuntu environment on your computer!

How to Create a Ubuntu Virtual Machine Using VMware

Introduction to Virtual Machines and VMware

A virtual machine (VM) is an emulation of a computer system. It is created using software to create a copy of a physical machine or server, which can run its own operating system and applications just like a real, physical machine.

One advantage of using a VM over a physical machine is that you can easily create multiple copies of the same VM for different purposes – for example, you could have one VM for testing software and another for running your live website.

Another advantage is that you can easily move VMs from one computer to another, meaning you’re not tied to any one physical machine.

Many different types of virtualization software are available, but VMware is one of the most popular. This tutorial will show you how to create a Ubuntu VM using VMware.

Benefits of Running a Ubuntu VM in VMware

There are many benefits of running a Ubuntu VM in VMware, including the ability to run multiple virtual machines simultaneously, the flexibility to scale your environment as needed, and the support for a wide range of applications.

Additionally, Ubuntu is a secure and stable operating system that is easy to use, making it an ideal choice for running a virtual machine.

Downloading the Required Software and Setting Up the Environment

  • If you have VMware installed on your Windows computer, launch the application and click “Create a New Virtual Machine.” Select “Custom” and click “Next.”
  • Choose “I will install the operating system later” and select “Ubuntu 64-bit” from the list. Click “Next.”
  • Name your virtual machine and select where you want to store it. Click “Next.”
  • Allocate at least 2GB of RAM for your VM and select “Create a new virtual disk now.” Click “Next.”
  • Select “Store virtual disk as a single file” and click “Next.”
  • Give your virtual disk a name and select where to store it. Click “Finish.”
  • Now that your VM is created select it in the left pane and click the green “Play” button. This will launch the Ubuntu installer. Follow the prompts to install Ubuntu on your VM.

Creating a Ubuntu Virtual Machine Using VMware

There are a few things you’ll need to create a Ubuntu virtual machine using VMware:
-A computer with VMware installed (this can be a Windows or Mac system)
-An ISO image of the Ubuntu operating system

Once you have those two things, you’re ready to get started! Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Open VMware and click “Create a New Virtual Machine.”
  2. Choose “Custom” as the installation type.
  3. Select “I will install the operating system later” and choose “Linux” and “Ubuntu 64-bit” as the type and version, respectively. Click “Next.”
  4. Name your virtual machine something appropriate, like “Ubuntu VM,” and give it whatever settings you see fit (CPUs, memory, etc.). Click “Next.”
  5. Choose whether to store your virtual machine on your local or network hard drive. If you have an SSD, it’s best to store it locally. Click “Next.”
  6. On the next screen, select the ISO image of Ubuntu that you downloaded earlier as the source for your installation media. Click “Finish” to complete the creation of the virtual machine.
  7. Now that your VM is created open it up and start going through the installation process for Ubuntu just as if you were installing it on a regular computer! Be sure to allocate at least 20GB of space for your Ubuntu installation.
  8. Once you’ve finished the installation process, you should be ready to start using your new Ubuntu virtual machine!

Allowing Network Access to the Virtual Machine

To allow network access to the virtual machine, you will need to ensure that the virtual machine is properly configured.

To do this, open the Settings window for the virtual machine and select the “Network” tab. Ensure the “Adapter 1” setting is set to “NAT.”

Next, select the “Advanced” tab and make sure that “Promiscuous Mode” is set to “Allow All.” Finally, click “OK” to save your changes.

Copying Files Between Host and Guest Operating Systems

There are a few ways to copy files between host and guest operating systems. One way is to use the VMware Tools command line utility, VMware-toolbox-cmd.

With this utility, you can copy files from the host system to the guest system or from the guest system to the host system.

Another way to copy files between host and guest operating systems is to use a shared folder. Install the VMware Tools in your guest operating system to set up a shared folder.

Once you have installed VMware Tools, you can create a shared folder in your guest operating system and access it from your host system.

To copy files between host and guest operating systems using a shared folder, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Install VMware Tools in your guest operating system.
  2. Create a shared folder in your guest operating system.
  3. Mount the shared folder on your host system.
  4. Copy the files from your host system to the shared folder on your guest system or from your guest system to the shared folder on your host system.

Customizing Settings on Your Virtual Ubuntu Machine

Assuming you have already installed VMware Workstation (Pro) on your Windows 10 machine, launch it and click the “Create a New Virtual Machine” button.

In the next screen, select “I will install the operating system later.” This is because we will be installing Ubuntu from an ISO image.

Then, choose “Ubuntu 64-bit” as the guest operating system and give the virtual machine a name. I’ll call mine “Ubuntu VM.”

Click “Next,” select how much memory you want to assign to the VM (2048MB is okay), and click “Next” again.

Now we need to create a virtual hard drive for the VM. Select “Create a new virtual disk” and click “Next.”

For the disk type, choose “SCSI.” If you plan on using this VM for anything other than light web browsing or general tinkering, I recommend going with an allocation size of 100GB+. For my purposes, I’ll allocate 60GB. Click “Next” when you’re ready to continue.

Conclusion

Configuring an Ubuntu virtual machine using VMware is relatively simple and straightforward. Anyone can do it without too much effort with the right steps and information.

Additionally, by taking advantage of the many features available in VMware, you can customize your own private Linux server with virtually no cost or hassle involved.

We hope this tutorial has provided you with all the knowledge and resources necessary to create a perfect Ubuntu VM on your own to enjoy all its benefits!

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