How to create a virtual machine on VMware Workstation Player

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Virtual machines allow you to run an operating system in a desktop app window that acts as if it was a separate device. You can use them to experiment with different operating systems, run applications that your main operating system doesn’t support, and test apps in a safe, sandboxed environment.

There are many good free virtual machine (VM) apps available, making virtual machine setup simple for everyone. You’ll need to install a virtual machine app and have access to the operating system’s installation media.

What’s a Virtual Machine?

A Virtual Machine (VM) is a compute resource that runs programmes and deploys apps using software rather than a physical device. On a physical “host” machine, one or more virtual “guest” machines run. Even though they are all running on the same host, each virtual machine has its own operating system and operates independently of the others. This means that a virtual MacOS virtual machine, for example, will run on a physical PC.

Virtual machine technology is used in both on-premises and cloud environments for a variety of applications. More recently, public cloud providers have begun to use virtual machines to provide many users with virtual application tools at the same time, allowing for even more cost-effective and flexible computation.

Virtual Machine Apps

  • VirtualBox: (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X): Since it is open-source and fully free, VirtualBox is very popular. There is no paid version of VirtualBox, so you won’t have to deal with the normal upsells and nags to upgrade to get more functionality. VirtualBox is a good place to start for virtual machines because it fits well on Windows and Linux, where there is less competition.
  • VMware Player: (Windows, Linux): VMware offers its own virtual machine software. VMware Player is a free, simple virtual machine tool that runs on Windows and Linux. Upgrade to the paid VMware Workstation software for more advanced features, many of which are available for free in VirtualBox.
  • VMware Fusion: (Mac OS X): Since the free VMware Player isn’t available on a Mac, users must purchase VMware Fusion to use a VMware product. VMware Fusion, on the other hand, is more polished.
  • Parallels Desktop: (Mac OS X): Macs also have Parallels Desktop available. Both Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion for Mac are more polished than the virtual machine programs on other platforms since they’re marketed to average Mac users who might want to run Windows software.

Setting Up a Virtual Machine on VMware

Open up your VMware app and click the button to create a new virtual machine.


After clicking create a new virtual machine a new wizard will open asking you to select the operating system you want to install in that wizard click on ” I will install the operating system later” nad click next.


After that, a new wizard will open asking you to select the type of OS you want to install. Here we will show you how to install Kali Linux as a virtual machine but keep in mind that if you install another OS make sure to select the correct OS and the correct version. After selecting the correct version for your OS click on next.


After clicking next a new wizard will pop-up asking you to name your OS and select the destination for the installation process. After naming click Next.


After clicking next a new wizard will pop-up asking you to allow the disk space. For this current OS, I am selecting 20GB but you can choose according to your needs. And also there are two options to select to first is to store a virtual disk as a single space or store it into multiple files, make sure that the second option is chosen and after allowing the space click next.


After clicking next a new wizard will pop-up saying ready to create virtual machine and their will be an option to select “customize hardware” click on that.


After clicking on customize Hardware a new wizard will open showing options to customize the available resources of your system to the virtual machine. in their allow half of the available ram of your system to the virtual OS for smooth work.


After that click on NEW CD/DVD (IDE) option. In that it will ask you to insert the ISO image file, click on Use ISO image file option and select the ISO file from the saved location and click close.


Click on close and after that click on the finish option from the previous wizard and a Virtual machine has been installed. To run the Virtual machine click on play virtual machine and your OS has started running.

Kali Linux installation successful.
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