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How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

Elena Santos

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Here at Softonic we test hundreds of applications each week. In order to keep our computers safe from such an insane deluge of software, we use virtual machines, namely VirtualBox and VMware Player. Both of them are very good at their job, but VirtualBox always had one great advantage over VMware Player: the ability to create virtual systems. Well, that was until now. The next version of VMware Player has just launched its first Release Candidate and guess what: it lets you create virtual machines!

How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

For those of us who work with VMware Player on a daily basis, this is great news. Of course, I couldn’t help downloading the Release Candidate and testing this new feature by myself, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to write a tutorial about how to create virtual machines in VMware Player:

1. In the main screen, click Create a New Virtual Machine and you’ll launch the New Virtual Machine Wizard. This wizard lets you choose between a CD and an ISO file to start creating the virtual machine.

How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

2. In my case, I’ve selected an ISO file with Ubuntu 9.04. As you can see, this virtual machine can be created using Easy Install, which means you can perform an unattended installation after completing the Wizard.

How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

3. Enter your personal details to start Easy Install. Bear in mind that these fields may vary according to the operating system you’re installing, but they’ll usually be usernames, passwords, and the like.

How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

4. Give your virtual machine a name, and select a location to store it.

How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

5. Set the maximum size of the virtual machine’s hard disk – the wizard will advise you on how much you need, depending on the operating system.

How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

6. This is the last screen in the New Virtual Machine Wizard, which contains a summary of all the configuration options you’ve set. You can go ahead and finish the Wizard (which immediately adds the new virtual machine to VMware Player’s main menu) or click on Customize Hardware to edit the machine’s settings.

How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

7. These settings allow you to tweak advanced options in your virtual machine’s configuration, such as specifying allocated memory, enabling a CD/DVD drive, changing the network adapter, or creating a shared folder between the host system and the virtual machine.

How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

8. Once you’ve set everything up, you’re ready to go. Enjoy!

How to: create a virtual machine in VMware Player

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