How to create a Virtual Machine in VMWare Workstation Player 12

VMWare Workstation Player previously known as VMWare Player is a virtualization software that uses a hypervisor to create a virtualized hardware environment, this allows the user to install a Windows, Linux or Solaris operating system onto it. This means that a user running a windows 7 machine on their physical computer could install VMWare and then create a VM with almost any operating system installed for testing without having to install it on the physical machine.

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Below is the list of steps required to create a virtual machine in VMWare Workstation Player 12 using a Windows Server 2016 ISO.

  • Step 1: ¬†Visit the VMWare website using the¬†link, signup¬†and download the VMware software for free

VMWare Download

  • Step 2: Install the software using the downloaded executable file

VMWare Download

  • Step 3: Press next for all default options to install the software¬†

Install VMWare

  • Step 4: Open the VMWare software after it has been installed using the desktop icon¬†

VMWare Home

  • Step 5: Select Create a New Virtual Machine and then i will install the operating system later¬†

Install OS later

  • Step 6: on the next page select what operating system you will be installing. For this tutorial i am installing Windows Server 2016

 Windows Server 2016

  • Step 7: On the next page give the virtual machine a name and storage location

VM Name and Location

  • Step 8: Select the disk size for the virtual machine and select split disk into multiple files – This allows the VM to moved to another machine easier

Hard Drive Size 

  • Step 9: Click Finish to complete the creation of the VM


  • Step 10: Right click the VM you just created and select settings¬†

Right Click

  • Step 11: On the settings menu select CD/DVD Drive, then select either the drive or file that contains your operating system image – I Choose use ISO image file and browsed to the location of my windows 2016 ISO file – ¬†remember you can choose a Windows, Linux or Solaris operating system for your VM.

ISO file

  • Step 12: While still on the settings menu, select hardware configuration for your VM such as RAM, processor and network card type.

network card


RAM amount

  • Step 13: Select OK at the bottom of the settings page when finished
  • Step 14: Then double click your VM to start it

Right Click

VM Started

  • Step 15: Once VM is started the installation process for the operating system should start, once install completed your VM should be ready to use

Install Server 2016

server 2016



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