How to Install the Latest Ubuntu OS on VMware Workstation

Introduction

Ah, the digital age! It’s like we’re living in a sci-fi novel, isn’t it? For those who love tinkering with technology, installing an operating system like Ubuntu on VMware Workstation can be a thrilling adventure.

This guide will lead you through the steps like a pro, ensuring you can enjoy Ubuntu’s latest offerings in a virtual environment.

Prerequisites to Install the Latest Ubuntu OS on VMware Workstation

Before diving in, let’s make sure we have everything we need:

  • VMware Workstation installed on your computer.
  • An ISO image of the latest Ubuntu OS.
  • A sprinkle of patience and a dash of enthusiasm.


You can get an Ubuntu image from this link. Remember to save it in a place on your computer that’s easy to find! By default, it will be saved in your PC’s Download folder.

We’re using Ubuntu 23.10 for this guide. This version introduces a new installer for Ubuntu Desktop and will be used in all upcoming Ubuntu versions.

Install the Latest Ubuntu OS on VMware Workstation

If you’re setting up an older version like Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, the installer will look different, but the steps you follow will be pretty much the same.

Create a Virtual Machine in VMware

Creating a virtual machine in VMware is a straightforward process, and I’ll guide you through it step by step. Please note that these instructions are general and may vary slightly depending on the version of VMware you are using (like VMware Workstation, VMware Player, or VMware Fusion). Here’s how you can do it:

Steps to Create a Virtual Machine in VMware

  • Launch the VMware application. In VMware Workstation or Player, click on “Create a New Virtual Machine” usually found on the home screen or you can click “File” > “New Virtual Machine” from the menu bar.
  • Select “Typical (recommended)” on the next screen for a guided setup and click “Next” to proceed.
  • Select “I will install the operating system later” and click “Next”.
  • Select “Linux” under the Guest operating system and select “Ubuntu 64-bit” under Version, then click “Next”.
  • Enter a name for your virtual machine and choose where to store it on your computer. It’s good practice to store it in an easily accessible location or just leave it the way it is and click “Next”.
  • Allocate the amount of disk space you want to give to your virtual machine. 20GB or more is recommended for most operating systems. Choose to store the virtual disk as multiple files. Click “Next” after setting the disk capacity.
  • Before finalizing, you can customize hardware settings like memory (RAM), processors, network adapters, etc. Click Customize Hardware.
  • Adjust these settings based on the requirements of the OS you’re installing and the resources of your host machine.
  • Select “New CD/DVD (SATA)” under Hardware and choose “Use ISO image file” then click the “Browse” option and navigate to the downloaded ISO file for Ubuntu OS 23.10 and then close the Hardware windows which will take you back to Virtual Machine Wizard.
  • Review your settings and click “Finish.”
  • The virtual machine will now be created.

Tips:

  • Ensure your host machine has enough resources (RAM, CPU, Storage) to allocate to the virtual machine.
  • Install VMware Tools after setting up the OS for better performance and usability.
  • Always keep a backup of important data in your virtual machine.

Navigating the Ubuntu Installation

You can start the virtual machine by clicking “Power on this virtual machine” and it will boot from the selected ISO file. Your virtual machine will boot up, and you’ll see the Ubuntu installation screen.

Follow the on-screen instructions to install the operating system inside the virtual machine.

Click “Try or Install Ubuntu”.

Choose your language, location, keyboard layout, and user details. It’s like giving your virtual machine its own personality!

Once the installation is completed you will see the desktop screen with the option to Connect Your Online Accounts.

For a clearer, step-by-step guide, be sure to watch the tutorial video included on this page. It’s especially useful if you’re new to VMware, providing an easy-to-follow visual aid that complements the written instructions. This video will make setting up your virtual machine much more straightforward.

Conclusion

VoilĂ ! You’re now the proud user of Ubuntu on VMware Workstation. Isn’t it amazing how far technology has come?

Setting up a virtual machine in VMware is a skill that unlocks numerous possibilities, from testing new software to running different operating systems safely. By following the steps outlined in this article, you’re now equipped to dive into the world of virtualization.

Whether for professional development, educational purposes, or personal interest, your new understanding of VMware will serve as a valuable asset in your tech toolkit. Happy exploring in your newly created virtual world!

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