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Install VMware – Step by step

Posted by Kamran Agayev A. on December 31, 2008

As we know, if you want to setup Oracle Server – especially for testing purpose – it would be better to setup it on your “virtual PC”, not on PC directly. For this purpose, you can use software named “VMware” to achieve this aim. In this document, firstly we discuss how we can use VMware, how we can setup it, create a new “Virtual PC”. On the next articles, we’ll discuss how to install OS (as an operating system, I’m using Centos) on this virtual machine. CentOS is a freely-available operating system that is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux system. Then we’ll try to setup Oracle Server (10g Release 2) on this virtual machine

In this article, let’s show how we can setup and create new VMware Virtual machine and prepare it for further OS installation

1. First of all, enter to the official site of VMware and download VMware Workstation with a 30-day free evaluation from this address:


Currently I’m using version 6.0.0 and all these examples are compatible and tested with this version

2. After downloading VMware workstation, install it on your PC

Click to install

3. Setup will open Welcome Screen

Click on Next button and choose Typical option


4. By clicking “Next” buttons, to begin the installation, click on Install button at the end

5. This will install VMware Workstation software on your PC, After installation complete, click on Finish button. Then restart your PC. Then open this software



6. In this step we try to create new “virtual machine”. Enter to File menu, then New-> Virtual Machine

Click on Next button, then check Typical option as below

Then click Next button, and check your OS version. In this example, as we’re going to setup Oracle server on CentOS, we’ll check Linux option and from “version” option we’ll check Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4

By clicking Next button, we’ll give a name to our virtual machine, and give directory to create this new virtual machine



Then select Use bridged networking option and click Next.



Then you’ve to define size of hard disk by entering its size. I’ll give 15 GB hard disk space and please check Allocate all disk space now option.  Although it will take longer to create new hard disk, you’ll see high performance of your virtual machine when installing new applications and adding new files. If you uncheck this option, new hard disk will be created automatically, but when you install new applications, it will impact your performance, because it will allocate space each time new files added or applications installed

That’s all. Your virtual machine is ready to use




Here, you can delete Sound Adapter, Floppy and USB Controller by entering “Edit virtual machine settings”. If you’re going to setup Oracle Server, please make sure you’ve increased your Memory (RAM) to 1GB

In the next article, we’ll show how to setup CentOS on this newly created virtual machine. It’s very easy, believe me J

22 Responses to “Install VMware – Step by step”

  1. raj said

    You can make a suggestion towards free VM, Java virtual Machine as well for the test purposes. The latest edition is quite stable and up par with VM (though missing those commercial touches at certain places). By the way there is small spelling mistakes with your link area. Instead of “Ask Anantha” you wrote “Aks Ananatha”. I am truly glad finally we were able to chat for a while Kamran.

  2. Thank you Raj. Yes you’re right. I’ll try to use VM in my future tests.
    And I’ll correct my mistake now 🙂
    I’m very glad also Raj to talking with you. See you. Take care

  3. Aman.... said

    What is this Free Java VM that you are referring to? Can you give a link to it ?


  4. Hi Aman
    Welcome to my Blog 🙂
    You’re one of my best friends from OTN Forum 🙂
    And I congratulate you on getting new 11g Certification

    Good luck

  5. […] Install VMware – Step by step […]

  6. Thanks for the tip, Keep up the great work.

  7. menu said

    if we iso files where do we store them? so that make our VMware work?

  8. Dear menu
    Just double click on “CD-ROM” device and select “ISO Image” option at the bottom of the window. Browse the .iso file and use it as CD device

  9. Kalyana Chakravarthy said

    My laptop has 32-bit processor.
    I want to install Oracle Enterprise Linux 64-bit on external HDD and VM ware.
    Is it possible to have a brief outline of steps.

    Thanks in advance!!!


  10. Dear Kalyana

    I haven’t test it already, but why you don’t want to install OEL 32 bit?

  11. asif said


    I am going to use first time VMware, the above screen shots seems the VMware softwares includes the mentioned OS with Vmware or i need OS separately.

  12. Kura Shoko said

    Thank u for your guide! I haven’t used it but i would like to try this.
    My question: I could be lost but, are you installing your VMware in this guide on Windows when you want to test it with CentOS? Or does your target PC have any OS yet when you start the VMware installation?

  13. Dear Kura
    In my own laptop I use Windoze 🙂 On Windoze I’ve installed Vmware and on Vmware I installed CentOS

  14. Somie said

    Hi Kamran
    Your blog is the best oracle blog I’v ever come across. Keep it up. Please I need a detailed difference between VMware workstation and VMware server. The VMware server is free to download unlike VMware work station. Can I use VMware server in place of VMware workstation in this case. Can I can run centOS and oracle 10g on VMware server. Thank you

  15. Hi Somie. Thanks for feedback

    In the following link you can read about the difference between Workstatino and Server

  16. Somie said

    Thanks for the link. It was quite helpful. I want to go for VMware Server, but wondering if the same instructions/steps for installing VMware workstation above would apply while installing VMware Server and while installing CentOs on the VMware server.

  17. […] a first step, download Oracle 10gR2 and Oracle Solaris , create a virtual machine using my previous instruction,  but don’t forget to select “Solaris 10″ on “Operating System […]

  18. amod said

    i installvmware software then after install solaris10 .but come error “no permission to perform this option”
    pls help me

  19. Hi Amod

    Unfortunately I didn’t came across that error, so can help you only with the following link:

  20. Sonal said

    can I install vmware on same drive on which windows vista is installed?

  21. Sure you can Sonal

  22. Raza said

    Hi Kamran,
    Can I install vmwre server on windows 7 home prem

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