Network Virtualization: Creating with VMWare Player

Creating a new virtual machine with VMWare Player is easy but requires you to install a guest operating system. So you will need a license and installation disk or you can download an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 from Microsoft in the form of an .iso file. Once you have your .iso file or installation disk ready to go, you can create a new virtual machine by following these steps:

1

Click Create a New Virtual Machine from the VMWare Player home screen.

This brings up the New Virtual Machine Wizard.

2

Choose the installation option you want to use.

There are three choices:

  • Select Installer Disc and then choose the drive you will install from if you want to install from an actual CD or DVD.

  • Select Install Disc Image File (iso) and then click the Browse button and browse to the iso file for the operating system installation disc if you want to install from an iso file.

  • Select I Will Install the Operating System Later if you want to create the virtual machine but install the operating system later.

    Note that the remaining steps in this procedure assume that you selected a Windows Server 2008 R2 iso file as the installation option.

Click Next.

3

If you have the Windows product key, enter it and click Next. Otherwise just click Next.

You can always enter the product key later if you don’t have it handy now.

4

Enter a name for the virtual machine.

Create a name and specify where the VM disk file should be located. If you want, you can click the Browse button and browse to the folder where you want to create the file. Then click Next.

5

Set the size of the virtual machine’s hard drive.

The Wizard asks for the size of the disk to create for the virtual machine. The default setting is 40GB, but you can change this depending on your needs. You must have sufficient space available on the host computer’s disk drive. Then click Next.

6

The Wizard displays a final confirmation page.

VMWare is ready to create the virtual machine once you click Finish. The Wizard creates the virtual machine and then starts it. Because the machine doesn’t have an operating system installed, it boots from the CD/DVD installation image you specified earlier. In this example, Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation software disk image was used, so the new virtual machine displays the Install Windows screen.

7

Follow the steps to install the operating system in the new virtual machine.

Installing an operating system in a virtual machine is exactly the same as installing it on a physical computer, except that the installation screens appear within a virtual machine window.

8

When the operating system is installed, you can use or adjust the virtual machine.

You can adjust the hardware configuration of a virtual machine by choosing VM→Settings while the virtual machine is running. This brings up the Virtual Machine Settings dialog box.

From this dialog box, you can adjust the virtual machine’s hardware configuration including the amount of RAM available to the VM and the number of processor cores. You can also adjust the disk drive size, add CD, DVD, or floppy drives, and configure network adapters, USB connections, and sound and display settings.

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