Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a virtual machine with VMware Workstation, part of Learning Virtualization.
In this section, I'd like to talk about creating a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation. And from the main interface of VMware Workstation, one of the options is in fact, create a new virtual machine. So I'll click on that. That's pulls up a wizard. It's going to take me through multiple steps. I have the option to do typical or custom. I find that everything that I would like to configure is handled in the typical wizard. So I'm going to go with the default of typical and click next. It's asking me where to find the operating system I would like to install on the guest.
In my case that is an ISO image. And I'll click Next. Here I have the option to enter a Windows product key. If you have a valid license for the operating system you're installing, you can choose to enter it now, you don't have to. Personally, I like to make sure a operating system has installed properly and the server is running properly before I activate a machine. So I typically leave this blank. I'll need to give it a username and password to use inside of Windows and then I have the option to automatically log on. And I do in fact want to automatically log on to perform the installation and then I'll click next.
I get a warning saying that it's okay to not enter a product key, but just be aware you're going to have to enter one in the future. Here I have the option to give it a name. And I like to use the name of the operating system in addition to a small descriptive phrase. It's also asking me for a location to store the files. I'm going to accept the default location and click next. This interface is asking me how big of a virtual hard drive I would like to create. It suggested 60 gigabytes and I'm fine with that, that's a reasonable suggestion.
So I'll click next. Here is just a summary of everything I selected on the previous dialogue pages and when I'm happy with all of this I can click finish. Here I've been given a dialogue box explaining some of my options on some of the USB devices connected to my machine. Now click OK. Alright, looks like we have successfully installed Windows 8 on this virtual machine. So now we have something that looks like a computer, behaves like a computer, and has the same capabilities of a computer. Although it is not a physical computer, that's how we defined a virtual computer.
It is not the physical form but it still has all the same capabilities.
- Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of virtualization
- Virtualizing computer desktops
- Designing a private cloud
- Choosing the best virtualization solution for you
- Creating a virtual machine with Hyper-V and VMware Workstation
- Configuring your network for virtualization
- Backing up, restoring, and migrating virtual machines