Before You Begin
As you complete the New Virtual Machine wizard, you are prompted to make decisions about many aspects of the virtual machine. This section provides information about the issues involved so that you can determine which choices you want to make before running the wizard.
To create a virtual machine by using the custom setup
- Start VMware Workstation.
- Choose File>New>Virtual Machine, to start the New Virtual Machine wizard and click Next.
- In the Select the Appropriate Configuration page, select Custom and click Next.
- On the Choose the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility page, specify whether you want to create a Workstation 4, 5, or 6 virtual machine and click Next.
- When you make a selection from the Hardware Compatibility list, you will see a list of other VMware products and versions that are compatible with your selection. You will also see a list of features that will not be available for that version.
- On the Select a Guest Operating System page, select the operating system(Including the version) that you intend to install in the new virtual machine and click Next. For more information, see “ My other post Guest Operating System Selection”.
- On the Name the Virtual Machine page, select a name and folder for the virtual machine and click Next.
- The name you enter here is used if you add this virtual machine to the VMware Workstation Favorites list. This name is also used as the name of the folder where all the files associated with this virtual machine are stored. Each virtual machine should have its own folder. For more information, see “ blog post Virtual Machine Location”. If you are creating a Workstation 5 or 6 virtual machine, on the Processor Configuration page, select the number of processors for the virtual machine and click Next.
- On the Memory for the Virtual Machine page, either adjust the memory settings or accept the default setting and click Next
- On the Network Type page, configure the networking capabilities of the virtual machine and click Next
- On the Select I/O Adapter Types page, select the type of SCSI adapter you want to use with the virtual machine and click Next.
- On the Select a Disk page, select whether to create an IDE or SCSI disk and click Next.
- On the Select a Disk Type page, select whether to create an IDE or SCSI disk and click Next. The wizard recommends the best choice based on the guest operating system you selected. All Linux distributions you can select in the wizard use SCSI virtual disks by default, as do several newer Windows operating systems and 64‐bit operating systems.
- (Linux hosts only) Also on the Select a Disk Type page, if you want to exclude disks from snapshots, in the Mode section, select Independent for the mode and choose one of the following options:
- Persistent – Changes are immediately and permanently written to the disk.
- Nonpersistent – Changes to the disk are discarded when you power off or revert to a snapshot.
- On the Specify Disk Capacity page, enter the size of the virtual disk, specify the way you want the disk space allocated, and click Next.
- On the Specify Disk File page, enter the location of the virtual disk’s files and click Finish.
The wizard sets up the files needed for your virtual machine. Now that the virtual machine is created, continue on with “See how to install a Guest Operating System post in this blog ”