In this article, we will learn how to create a virtual machine in the VMware Workstation Player 16.1 version.
What is Virtual Machine
A virtual machine, also commonly known as a VM, is a computer system created by using virtualization software on one physical computer to emulate the functionality of another separate physical computer.
A virtual machine allows you to install different operating systems without actually installing them on your physical hardware. It is very helpful for building and testing new applications, trying new operating systems, and also for educational purposes.
Virtual machine technology is used in many places, such as on-premises, public, private, or hybrid cloud environments.
Create Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation Player
1. Launch the VMware Workstation Player application and select “Create a New Virtual Machine“.
2. We will select the installation media image file while creating a new virtual machine. You can select I will install the operating system later if you want.
In order to select an installation image file, select Browse and select the image file. In our example, we selected the Linux Ubuntu 20.04.1 desktop image file. Click Next.
3. Specify your full name, user name, password, and confirm password, then click Next.
4. Provide a virtual machine name or leave the default name. You can change the location if you don’t have enough disk space on the C: drive, and then click Next.
5. Specify the disk capacity for the guest operating system and select “Split virtual disk into multiple files“. This will make it easier to move a virtual machine to another computer, but may reduce the performance on very large disks. Click Next.
6. If you want to customize the virtual machine settings, you can do so by clicking “Customize Hardware.” Once you are done with the settings, review the changes and click Finish.
7. A virtual machine has been created. If you want to change the VM settings, you can select “Edit virtual machine settings.” Once you are done with the settings, click “Play virtual machine” and follow the installation instructions to install the operating system on the guest virtual machine.
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With VMware Workstation Player, you can create a virtual machine and install a guest operating system without actually installing it on your physical hardware.