Using VMWare Workstation for first time

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Our professor in Network Security gave us a very quick and broad overview of the requirements for working with virtual machines. Although some students have used this technology before, others are not clear on where to start. This is my attempt to assist.


First download VMWare workstation. You need to register on the site before downloading to obtain a serial key. Here is a Direct Link to download VMWare Workstation 6.5.1.

Once you have the install on your computer double click the exe. Install with default settings. You will need to reboot.
Now before you continue you will need an Operating System install disc. I will take iso's to the class on Saturday of all the install discs that I have. For now download Ubuntu. Here is a Direct Link.

  • Once you have this open VMWare Workstation.
  • Select New Virtual Machine.
  • Select Typical and click Next.
  • Check the Installer disk image file. Click Browse and point to the Ubuntu ISO. Click Next
  • Select Linux for Guest Operating System. For version select Ubuntu and click next.
  • Click Next two more times and then Finish.

The machine will power on and begin installing Ubuntu. You can install Ubuntu with default options. This same process can be applied for any operating system, make sure you select the version type because VMware has templates of the hardware profiles which is necessary.

Hopefully with this quick guide you will be able to get started with VMWare Workstation 6.5.1 Please do not hesistate to contact me with any questions or comments.

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VMWare Workstation is great for setting up a full-blown test environment. VMWare really did a great job with the virtual networking capabilities.

If you REALLY want to virtualize, and you have a bit of spare hardware, check out XenServer - it's FREE now.

http://rogerbirong.blogspot.com/2009/03/server-virtualization-no-more-excuses.html

March 5, 2009 at 1:48 PM