Manually install a guest operating system

If you didn’t use the New Virtual Machine wizard to install the guest operating system in a virtual machine, you will need to do it manually. The guest OS installation in a virtual machine is similar to installing an operating system on a physical machine. You can do it in three ways:

  • install the guest OS from an installer disk
  • install the guest OS from an ISO image
  • use a PXE server to install the guest OS over a network

In this section we will describe how to install the guest operating system using an ISO file.

1. Select the virtual machine in VMware Player and go to Player > Manage > Virtual Machine Settings:

virtual machine settings

2. Under the Hardware menu, select CD/DVD drive. Check the Connect at power on checkbox. Select Use ISO image file and browse to the location of the ISO file:

virtual machine iso file

3. Next, power on the virtual machine:

virtual machine play

4. The virtual machine boots from the ISO image, which contains the installation for your guest OS. You can install the guest OS just like you would do it on a physical machine:

virtual machine example

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