How to Create a Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation 11

Have you ever wanted to experiment with a new operating system or test the software without risking harming your own device? Creating a virtual machine in VMware Workstation 11 is the perfect solution!

Not only can you create multiple virtual machines on one physical computer, but it also provides an isolated environment to try out new things safely.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through how to create a virtual machine in VMware Workstation 11 so that you can easily start exploring all this powerful tool has to offer. Let’s get started!

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Creating a virtual machine in VMware Workstation is a relatively straightforward process, but there are a few things you need to know before you get started.

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through everything you need about creating a virtual machine in VMware Workstation, including what hardware you’ll need, how to choose the correct settings, and more.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setup a Virtual Machine Using VMware Workstation 11

Assuming you have already downloaded and installed VMware Workstation 11, launch the application and click “Create a New Virtual Machine.”

You will be prompted to choose whether to create a custom virtual machine or use a pre-defined template. For this guide, we will select “Custom.”

The next screen will ask you to choose the operating system you want to install on your virtual machine. Select the radio button for “I will install the operating system later.” Click “Next” to continue.

On the next screen, give your virtual machine a name and select the location where it will be stored on your computer. You can also specify how much memory (RAM) you want to allocate to the VM. Click “Next” when you are finished.

The next screen allows you to choose the disk type for your virtual machine. The default option is “SCSI,” but you can also select “IDE” if desired. Click “Next” to continue.

Now you must decide whether to create a new disk or use an existing one. For this guide, we will assume you do not have an existing disk and click “Create a new virtual disk.” Click “Next” when ready.

On the next screen, specify the disk size you wish to create. You can also enable disk encryption if desired. When finished, click “Finish” to complete the creation of your new virtual machine.

Choosing the Right Operating System for Your VM

There are a few things to remember when choosing an operating system for your VM. The first is what types of software you’ll be running on the VM-most operating systems can run the same software; some are better suited for specific tasks. For example, Windows is typically used for running PC games, while Linux is used for servers.

The second thing to consider is hardware compatibility. Not all operating systems can run on all hardware, so you’ll need to ensure your chosen OS is compatible with the hardware you’re using.

For example, Windows 10 can only be installed on 64-bit processors, while 32-bit processors can only run older versions of Windows.

Finally, you must decide if you want a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. Most modern computers are 64-bit, meaning they can run either OS.

However, 32-bit operating systems can’t use more than 4 GB of RAM, while 64-bit OSes can use much more. If you plan on running demanding software or using a lot of RAM, choose a 64-bit OS.

Configuring Hardware Resources for Your VM

To create a virtual machine in VMware Workstation, you must configure the hardware resources for your VM. You can do this by opening the VMware Workstation application and selecting the “New Virtual Machine” option.

Once you have selected this option, you will be presented with a wizard to guide you through configuring your VM. The first thing you will need to do is select the type of operating system that you want to install on your VM. After doing this, you will need to select the amount of RAM and CPU cores you want to allocate to your VM.

After configuring these hardware resources, you will need to select a storage location for your VM. You can either choose to store your VM on your local hard drive or a network-shared folder. Once you have selected it, click “Finish,” and your VM will be created!

Installing an Operating System to the Newly Created VM

A virtual machine is a computer that runs on another computer. For a virtual machine to run, it needs an operating system. An operating system is a software that manages all of a computer’s hardware and software resources.

There are many different operating systems, but for this blog article, we will install Windows 10 Pro onto our newly created VM. First, you need to download the Windows 10 Pro ISO from Microsoft.

Once the ISO has been downloaded, open up VMware Workstation and select “Create a New Virtual Machine.”

On the “New Virtual Machine Wizard,” select “Custom (Advanced)” and click “Next.”

For compatibility reasons, leave the settings at their defaults and click “Next.” Unless you know what you are doing, it’s best not to change any of these options as it can break the VM.

Setting Up Security and Accessibility Settings for Your VM

When you create a new virtual machine in VMware Workstation, you can specify security and accessibility settings for the VM.

By default, a new VM will be configured with the most secure settings, which may not be suitable for all users. In this section, we’ll show you how to change the security and accessibility settings for your VM.

To change the security settings for your VM, select the “Security” tab in the VMware Workstation interface.

Here, you can specify who can access the VM and what kind of access they have. For example, you can allow only certain users to have administrator privileges on the VM.

To change the accessibility settings for your VM, select the “Accessibility” tab in the VMware Workstation interface.

Here, you can specify how users can connect to the VM and what kind of devices they can use to do so. For example, you can allow only certain users to connect to the VM via RDP (remote desktop protocol).

Taking Snapshots in VMware Workstation 11

After installing VMware Workstation 11, open the program and click “Create a New Virtual Machine.” A new window will appear. Specify the location of your installation media (an ISO file or a physical disc) in the “Source” field and click “Next.”

On the next page, choose whether to install from an ISO file or a physical disc and click “Next.” If you chose an ISO file, browse to its location on your computer. If you chose a physical disc, insert it into your computer’s optical drive.

Choose the type of operating system you are installing and click “Next.” Select the version of the operating system you are installing and click “Next.” Enter a name for your virtual machine and click “Finish.”

VMware Workstation 11 will create your virtual machine and boot from the specified installation media.

Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the operating system installation. Once the installation is complete, you can take snapshots of your virtual machine.

Troubleshooting Common Problems Related to Virtual Machines

1. Incorrect Settings

If you’re having trouble creating a virtual machine in a VMware workstation, it’s likely due to incorrect settings. First, check that your computer’s BIOS is set to enable virtualization. If not, you must change this setting and restart your computer before proceeding.

Next, open the VMware workstation and select the “Create a new virtual machine” option. On the next page, select the “custom” option and ensure that both “Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI” and “URLS are enabled.” If either of these options is- disabled, you won’t be able to create a virtual machine.

Finally, ensure you have enough RAM and disk space for the virtual machine you’re trying to create. A good rule of thumb is to allocate at least 2GB of RAM and 30GB of disk space for each virtual machine.

If you don’t have enough resources, the VMware workstation will give you an error message telling you what’s lacking.

2. Incorrect Network Settings

Another common problem when creating a virtual machine in a VMware workstation is incorrect network settings. By default, the VMWare workstation will try to use NAT networking for your new virtual machine.

However, some computers will not allow traffic through their NAT firewall unless specific ports are opened. To check if this is the case, open your computer’s firewall settings and look for a specific port range dedicated to virtual machine traffic.

If the ports are unavailable, you can use “Bridged” or “Host-only” networking instead. With these settings, the virtual machine can access the same network as your host computer.

Bridged networking requires additional network hardware, such as a router or switch, while Host-only networking only requires additional software configuration.

3. Performance Issues

If you’re experiencing degraded performance in your virtual machine, there are several things you can try to improve it.

First, check that all the necessary system updates have been installed on your host computer before proceeding.

Outdated drivers can cause significant performance problems in virtual machines, so ensure they’re current.

Next, check that your virtual machine’s RAM and disk space allocations are appropriate for its intended purpose. If these resources are too low, even trivial tasks can cause a noticeable slowdown in the virtual machine.

Ensure that at least 2GB of RAM and 30GB of disk space is allocated for each virtual machine before testing its performance again.

Finally, if none of these steps solve the problem, consider alternatives such as VMware ES Xi or Microsoft Hyper-V. These commercial products offer more efficient use of resources, which can result in a noticeable performance improvement.


The virtualization technology offered by VMware Workstation 11 makes creating a virtual machine fast and easy.

With just a few simple steps, you can create your own secure environment that allows you to run multiple operating systems on one physical computer.

You now know how to use this powerful software, so get out there and start creating some tremendous virtual machines!