When you create a Linux virtual machine, you can use the VMware Fusion Linux Easy Install feature to install the Linux operating system you provide and to install VMware Tools in your virtual machine.

You must obtain the operating system installation image. VMware Fusion does not include any operating systems to install in virtual machines that you create.


Select File > New.

The New Virtual Machine Assistant starts.


Insert the operating system installation CD into your Mac.

VMware Fusion detects it and asks for confirmation that it is the operating system to install.


If it is the correct operating system, ensure that Install this operating system is selected and click Continue to go to the Linux Easy Install panel.


In the Linux Easy Install panel, select Use Easy Install.


Enter your Display Name, Account Name, and Password.


Select Make your home folder accessible to the virtual machine to have Linux Easy Install configure your home folder as a shared folder, so you can share files between the virtual machine and your Mac.


(Optional) If you selected to make your home folder accessible, select either Read only or Read & Write for your virtual machine.


In the Finish panel, you can use default settings to finish the virtual machine creation, or you can customize the settings before the creation is finished.



To create the virtual machine according to the specifications listed in the Finish panel


Click Finish.


Indicate the folder in which to save the virtual machine. The default is your user/Documents/Virtual Machines folder.

To change disk size or other standard settings of the virtual machine


Click Customize Settings.


Save the new virtual machine.


Make changes to the virtual machine’s disk size, processor usage, removable devices, and other configurations on the Settings window.

VMware starts the new virtual machine, installs the operating system, and installs VMware Tools.