When you select the typical configuration option in the New Virtual Machine wizard, you create a virtual machine in a minimum number of steps.

You must select a custom configuration if you need to create a virtual machine that has a hardware compatibility setting that is different from the default hardware compatibility setting, select the I/O controller type for the SCSI controller, select the virtual disk type, configure a physical disk, or allocate all virtual disk space rather than let disk space gradually increase. See Using VMware Workstation for information about creating a custom configuration.

Verify that you have the information the New Virtual Machine wizard requires to create a typical virtual machine. See Preparing to Create a Typical Virtual Machine.

Verify that the guest operating system you plan to install is supported. See the online VMware Compatibility Guide, which is available on the VMware Web site.

See the VMware Guest Operating System Installation Guide for information about the guest operating system that you plan to install.

If you are installing the guest operating system from an installer disc, insert the installer disc in the CD-ROM drive in the host system.

If you are installing the guest operating system from an ISO image file, verify that the ISO image file is in a directory that is accessible to the host system.

1

Start the New Virtual Machine wizard.

Option

Description

Windows host

If the host is not connected to a remote server, select File > New Virtual Machine.

If the host is connected to a remote server, select File > New Virtual Machine > On this Computer.

Linux host

Select File > New Virtual Machine.

2

Select Typical to create a typical virtual machine.

3

Select the source of the guest operating system.

Option

Description

Use a physical disc

Select the physical drive where you inserted the installation disc.

Use an ISO image

Type or browse to the location of the ISO image file.

Install the guest operating system later

Create a virtual machine that has a blank disk. You must install the guest operating system manually after the virtual machine is created.

4

Specify information about the guest operating system.

Option

Description

If you are using Easy Install

Type the Easy Install information for the guest operating system.

If you are not using Easy Install

Select the guest operating system and version. If the guest operating system is not listed, select Other for both the operating system and version.

5

Type a virtual machine name and type or browse to the directory for the virtual machine files.

6

Select the virtual disk size and specify whether to split the disk into multiple files.

7

(Optional) Click Customize Hardware to customize the hardware configuration.

You can also modify virtual hardware settings after you create the virtual machine.

8

(Optional) Select Power on this virtual machine after creation to power on the virtual machine after it is created.

This option is not available if you are installing the guest operating system manually.

9

Click Finish to create the virtual machine.

If you are using Easy Install, the guest operating system installation begins when the virtual machine powers on. The guest operating system installation is automated and typically runs without requiring any input from you. After the guest operating system is installed, Easy Install installs VMware Tools.

If you are not using Easy Install, the virtual machine appears in the library.

If you used Easy Install and the virtual machine did not power on when the New Virtual Machine wizard finished, power on the virtual machine to start the guest operating system installation. See Use Easy Install to Install a Guest Operating System.

If you did not use Easy Install, install the guest operating system manually. See Install a Guest Operating System Manually.