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Do you want to install Ubuntu on a virtual machine in VMWare? You don’t know how to do that? In our guide, we will guide you step by step in preparing the machine and installing the system.
Virtual machines are a great way to test your new system in a secure environment without changing or uninstalling our host operating system. This guide will show you how to use the free VMWare Player program to install one of the most popular Linux distributions – Ubuntu.
The advantage of VMware Player compared to the popular Virtualbox is the ease of installation. VMware has a built-in Easy Install mechanism that significantly simplifies the configuration and installation of the system on a virtual machine, which will undoubtedly be helpful for people who have not had to deal with this method of installing the system.
Virtual Machine Configuration in VMWare
To do this, we need to download a free version of VMWare or VMWare Player and download the Ubuntu installation image.
Download Ubuntu (64-bit or 32-bit)
Step 1: Once downloaded, we install VMWare Player — we can use the default settings. When we start VMWare for the first time, we will display the main window with an empty list of virtual machines.
Step 2: To create a new machine, click the Create New Virtual Machine button in the menu on the right.
Step 3: We select the system installation option. Since Ubuntu is loaded in the .ISO file, we choose “Installer Disk Image (iso)” and then use the “Browse…” option to select the downloaded file in the system. Below it, a message will appear stating that the Ubuntu system has been recognized, and the “Easy install” mode will be used, simplifying the configuration process.
Step 4: We proceed to the next step with the “Next” button. A simple installation makes the basic system configuration automatically produced by VMWare Player (including the registration of our user account). To do this, we must now enter the data that VMWare will use when installing Ubuntu.
Step 5: We give your full name (or any other name) and enter your username (username) and password (password/confirmation). We click the “Next” button.
Step 6: In the next step, we give the VM a name (we can leave it by default) and choose where the files will be stored. By default, they will be saved in the Documents folder on drive C, but we can choose a different directory if we have little space on the system partition.
Step 7: The next step concerns the virtual hard disk on which Ubuntu will be installed. A virtual disk is simply a file on our disk inside which our files from the virtual machine are stored. Here we choose the size of our disk and specify whether the disk should be stored as a single file (store the virtual disk as a single file) or split into several smaller ones (split the virtual disk into several files).
Step 8: For Ubuntu, we allocate a minimum of 20 GB of space and save the virtual disk as a single file (the first option). Click “Next” and confirm your settings by clicking “Done.”
Install Ubuntu on a VM created in VMWare
Step 1: After clicking Finish, the virtual machine will be automatically started, and the Ubuntu installer will be downloaded.
Step 2: In the meantime, the Software Update window may appear on the screen with a message that there is a package of additional features for Linux (VMware Tools for Linux) available for download. Click “Download and Install” to download and install it.
Step 3: Thanks to the previously mentioned “Easy Install” feature, VMware performs most of the tasks. We will skip many steps compared to the classic installation of the system. All user account settings and keyboard and language are pre-selected by VMWare, and Ubuntu is installed automatically without user intervention.
Step 4: The machine will reboot when the installation is complete, and the login screen will appear. Using the data entered during the virtual machine’s configuration, we can log in and test its operation.
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