Category Archives: VMware

Add VMware Hard Disk

After the VM created successfully in the previous post, I can configure the VM and add more hard disk. This will provide more available spare to the VM. Be mind the host storage utilization too.

Steps Add Hard Disk:

  • Select the VM. Right Click > Settings.
  • Click Add.
  • Select the Hard Disk and click Next.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Next.
  • Set the disk size and click Next.
  • Click Next.
  • Click OK.

Steps Initialize Disk on Windows:

  • Open Server Manager > Tools > Computer Management.
  • Under Storage > Disk Management. It show the disk that just created with Unknown Status.
  • Select the disk. Right Click > Online.
  • After the disk is online. Right Click again and click Initialize Disk.
  • Select GPT and click OK.
  • Now the disk is ready to be format.

Steps format the disk:

  • Select the disk. Right Click > New Simple Volume.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Next.
  • The disk format is completed. Click Finish.

Below show the the disk is ready.

Below show the Drive E for new disk partition.

Cool! New disk for VM is successfully created.

Clone Virtual Machine

Clone is a process to create another copy of source Virtual Machine (VM). This allows the process of preparing the Virtual Machine faster with the desired guest operating system.

Steps:

  • Select the VM and Right Click > Manage > Clone.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Next.
  • Select “Create a full clone” and Click Next.
  • Change the VM Name and destination if need. If not click Next.
  • Please wait until the clone process is complete.
  • The cloning process is done. Click Close.
  • The clone VM will appeared in the list.
  • The clone VM show the same VM configuration.

The clone VM have identical guest operating system configuration like Computer Name, Security Identifier (SID), Hostname, Driver Cache and etc.

Power on the VM and reset the configuration using SYSPREP.

Install VMware Tools

VMware Tools contains additional driver to enhanced VM guest operating system. This will improve the performance between VM and host.

Steps:

  • Select the VM. Right Click > Install VMware Tools.
  • Open My Computer. Right Click as below and click Install.
  • Click Next.
  • Select Complete and click Next.
  • Click Install.
  • Wait until the installation complete.
  • Click Finish.
  • Click Yes to restart the system.

After the system restart. The Windows resolution is autofit to the host and the mouse cursor transition between VM and host is smooth.

Create Virtual Machine

Virtual Machine (VM) is container to run guest operating system like Windows, *nix and etc. Hypervisor layer which is VMware Workstation allow VM to use the resources like Processor, RAM, Storage, Network and etc.

Steps:

  • Open VMware Workstation
  • At File, Click New Virtual Machine.
  • Click Next.
  • Select the “I will install…” and click Next.
  • Select the correct Guest operating system and version. Click Next.
  • Left the value default or change it if need. Click Nex.t
  • Set the disk size and click Next.
  • Review the setting and click Finish.
  • Here show the VM is created successfully.
  • VM devices setting can be change to it need. Click Edit virtual machine settings to change the value like Memory, Processors and etc.
  • Below show the value that have been change.
  • To install the operating system, edit the setting and load the guest operating system ISO at CD/DVD.
  • Click Power on this virtual machine and start to install the operating system.

Once the operating system installation is complete. The Virtual Machine is ready.

Install VMware Workstation

For my lab I will using VMware Workstation. It is a hypervisor software that share the host resources to the Virtual Machine (VM). Multiple VMs with guest operating system like Windows 10, Windows Server 2019, Ubuntu Desktop, CentOS 7 and etc on the same host.

Steps:

  • Open web browser and search for VMware Workstation.
  • Click on Download VMware Workstation Pro.
  • Choose and Download the VMware Workstation Pro.
  • Once the download complete. Run the software.
  • Click Next.
  • Tick “I accept the terms…” and click Next.
  • Tick “Enhanced keyboard driver…” and left the rest as default. Click Next.
  • At User Experience Setting, click Next.
  • At Shortcuts, click Next.
  • Click Install.
  • Wait until the installation complete.
  • If have license, click License and install the key. If not click Finish.
  • Click Yes to restart computer. (Enhanced keyboard driver required to restart to take effect.)
  • Run the VMware Workstation. Here show the interface of VMware Workstation.

The VMware Workstation is ready.