How to Create Virtual Machines in VMware Workstation

Follow these steps to create a virtual machine using a VMware workstation:

Start VMware Workstation.

Click on a new virtual machine.

Select the type of virtual machine you want to make and click Next:


Note: Your choice depends in part on the hardware version you want your virtual machine to have.


Custom: This gives you an option to create a virtual machine and choose its hardware compatibility. You can select from Workstation 16.x, Workstation 15.x, Workstation 14.x.

Typical: This creates a virtual machine with the same hardware version as the Workstation version you are using. If you are using Workstation 16.x, it makes a virtual machine with hardware version 16. If you are using Workstation 15.x, a virtual machine with hardware version 15 is created.

Click Next.

Select your guest operating system (OS), then click Next. You can install the OS using:

An installer disc (CD/DVD)

An installer disc image file (ISO)

Click Next.

Enter your Product Key.

Create a user name and password.

Click Next.

Enter a virtual machine name and specify a location for virtual machine files to be saved; click Next.

Establish the virtual machine's disk size, select whether to store the virtual disk as a single file or split the virtual disk into 2GB files, click Next.

Verify the other configuration settings for your virtual machine:

Memory – change the amount of memory allocated to the virtual machine.

Processors – change the number of processors, number of cores per processor, and the virtualization engine.

CD / DVD – with advanced settings where you can choose between SCSI, IDE.

Network adapter – configure it to the bridge, NAT, or Host-only mode, or customize where you can choose between 0 to 9 adapters.

USB Controller.

Sound card.

Display – enable 3D graphics.


After finishing the procedure, you may need to create an ESXi nested instance on a physical ESXi 6.5 host; the VM creation wizard takes this and configures the VM for optimal performance by automatically selecting the VMXNET3 network drive, SCSI paravirtual controller, and EFI firmware. Nested ESXi is easier than ever before!

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