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.
Now you can try Linux without having to install it on your computer 🙂
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
- Step 2: Install the software using the downloaded executable file
- Step 3: Press next for all default options to install the software
- Step 4: Open the VMWare software after it has been installed using the desktop icon
- Step 5: Select Create a New Virtual Machine and then i will install the operating system later
- Step 6: on the next page select what operating system you will be installing. For this tutorial i am installing Windows Server 2016
- Step 7: On the next page give the virtual machine a name and storage 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
- Step 9: Click Finish to complete the creation of the VM
- Step 10: Right click the VM you just created and select settings
- 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.
- Step 12: While still on the settings menu, select hardware configuration for your VM such as RAM, processor and network card type.
- Step 13: Select OK at the bottom of the settings page when finished
- Step 14: Then double click your VM to start it
- 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