10 easy steps to install ubuntu 19.04 on VMware workstation 15

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When you are a network engineer or a developer, you may want to test your skills in a virtual environment rather than playing with your machine or production environment. Because you never know what could go wrong.

What is VMware’s workstation and Fusion?

VMWare workstation pro is a Software program that would let you install different operating systems, be it a Windows or Linux virtually on your physical machine. The resources your physical machine (host) has, that would share among the VM’s.

There are free versions of the alternate products out there as well, VirtualBox for example. But that doesn’t support many features which Workstation support, hardware acceleration is one such feature.

For those who use the MAC machine and looking for virtualization software, you shouldn’t be using VMware workstation; instead, you should use VMWare fusion pro. Both softwares are very identical, and steps performed here are almost the same for both workstation pro and the fusion pro.

I know some of my friends and colleagues personally who loves MAC Operating systems but wanted to use Windows OS as well at times and they are using VMware fusion pro to run windows VM in MAC machine. That way they can switch between the host machine (MAC OS) and the guest machines(windows) anytime they want.

Creating Ubuntu VM in VMware workstation is easy, and In this LAB we are going to install ubuntu 19.04 on VMWare Workstation Pro 15, even though we use the Ubuntu version 19.04, the steps mentioned here are the same for the older version of ubuntu as well.

If you are looking for a free option then I have covered the installation of Ubuntu 19.04 on VirtualBox steps here.

Required files for the installation of the Ubuntu VM

  • VMware workstation Pro 15 for windows and Linux – Click here to download.
  • If you are MAC user – VMware Fusion for MAC – Click here to download.
  • Ubuntu 19.04 – Click here to download

Step 1. Open VMWare workstation and Click on File and click New Virtual Machine.

creation of ubuntu 19.04 vm in vmware workstation pro

Step2. You need to check Typical and click Next

VMware workstation 15 installation wizard

Step 3. This is the place where you need to add the ubuntu 19.04 iso file, check the default option which says Installer disk image file (iso):

select the installer disk image file for vmware workstation pro

Step 4. Browse the Ubuntu iso file you just downloaded.

select the ubuntu ISO file in vmware workstation wizard

Step 5. You need to define the credentials that you are going to use with the Ubuntu VM. Remember to make a note of these credentials, as you need it later.

specify the credentials for the ubuntu vm

Step 6. Name the Virtual machine name and select the location where you want to save the virtual disk image, I would say just leave it as default.

If you would like, you can change the location by clicking browse.

Name the vmware workstation ubuntu virtual machine

Step 7. Now we need to define the storage space for the VM, by default it would pick up Maximum Disk size as 20GB, You may change it if you want to.

Ubuntu vmware storage

Step 8. Now you are ready to create a Virtual machine. Here you can see the properties that you are going to use for this VM. If you want to make changes to any of the details, then click on Customize Hardware.

vmware workstation customize hardwardware

Step 9. I wanted to change the RAM for this VM from 2GB to 4GB, so I changed the memory to 4096.

Ubuntu VMware memory chnage

Also, change the Network adapter from NAT to host-only adapter, this will not let the VMware guest VM connect to the host internet during the installation, and that would avoid the Ubuntu VM to download the updates automatically using the internet. If you are opting for an automatic update right now, that would take a long time to finish the installation.

change vmware workstation network from NAT to host-only.

Step 10. Click finish, and the Ubuntu installation would start automatically, this may take a bit of time.

Ubuntu vm Installation

Once completed, you would be able to see the Desktop of the Ubuntu 19.04

Ubuntu Desktop

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Saifudheen Sidheeq

Saifudheen is in the Computer networking and technology field for about a decade now. He loves technology and new ideas, and in his spare time, he loves to write about them.