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Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux on VMWare Workstation

Red Hat is one of the most powerful commercial server Linux distributions available for physical, cloud, and virtual platforms. We have created this post to introduce you to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and how to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux on VMWare Workstation.

What Is Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux in short RHEL is basically a server operating system developed by Red Hat for commercial use. Now Red Hat released RHEL for multiple platforms. RHEL is available for physical, cloud, and virtual environments. Red Hat has a released operating system for desktops too. It’s one of the most powerful Linux distributions that come with large package repositories to run commercial-grade server applications.

Red Hat has other subsidiary Linux distributions.

  1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL): This is a commercial distribution. It is a paid product comes wiht official support.
  2. CentOS: It is a open source community supported distribution. It shares the same source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This can be used as a substitution for RHEL.
  3. Fedora: It is a open source community supported distribution supported by Red Hat and its communities. It is developed for developers to provide innovative projects in Linux platform.

Prerequisites To Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux On VMWare Workstation:

To install Red Hat Enterprise Linux on VMWare Workstation you just need a physical machine, VMWare Workstation Pro or Player, and a Red Hat Enterprise ISO image.

  1. A host system with minimum:
    • 8 GB of memory
    • A quad core CPU
    • 500 GB of Hard Drive
  2. VMWare Workstation Pro or Player application:0
  3. Red Hat Enterprise Linux ISO image is to install on VMWare Workstation. Note: RHEL image is only available for development use.

How To Install RedHat Enterprise Linux On VMWare Workstation?

Time needed: 30 minutes

How to Install RedHat 8.4 Enterprise Linux on VMWare Workstation?

  1. Fier up VMWare Workstation

    Download the VMWare Workstation application for your host operating system and install it on your machine. The installation procedure is pretty simple and straight. Read the documentation for more details. Open the app after installation. Create a new Virtual Machine.


  2. Select Custom Configuration Wizard

    You can choose either Typical or Custom Wizard. We recommend selecting Custom if you want to install with all the configurations. If you are okay with default configurations then go ahead with Typical configurations.

    What Type of Configuration Do you Want

  3. Select Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibilityrkstation

    Go with the default option if you don’t have the choice.

    Which Hardware Feature are Needed For This virtual Machine

  4. Select the Operating System Media

    Select ‘I will install the operating system later’ for an interactive installation.

    Guest Operating Sustem Installation

  5. Select Guest Operating System

    Select the guest operating system and its distribution with version information.

    Guest Operating System

  6. Name the Virtual Machine Name and location

    Type a name and give the location details.

    Virtual Machine Name

  7. Allocate the Processors

    Assign the processors, Calculate the processor required to run the host machine. Assign the leftover resources to the virtual machine.

    Processor Configuration

  8. Allocate the Memory for Virtual Machine

    Memory allocation calculation is the same as the processor allocation. Leave sufficient memory for the host system and allocate the remaining memory for the virtual machine.

    Memorry for The Virtual Machine

  9. Choose the Network Configuration

    Select any one of the network configurations as per your requirement.

    Network Type

  10. Select the I/O Controller Type

    Select Controller Types

  11. Select Disk Type

    Select a Disk Type

  12. Select Virtual Disk

    Select the Virtual Disk if you have or create one.

    Select a Disk

  13. Select Disk Capacity

    Select the disk size. Selecting a single disk will increase the performance. However, selecting a split disk will help in the disk transfer scenario.

    Specify Disk Capacity

  14. Specify Virtual Disk File

    Specify Disk File

  15. Create Virtual Machine

    Read To Create Virual Machine

  16. Supply RHEL ISO Image to Virtual Machine

    Download RHEL image. Edit the CD/DVD settings and import the downloaded Ubuntu image.

    Virtual Machine Settings

  17. Install RHEL on VMWare Workstation

    Red Hat Enterprise Liux 8

  18. Power On the Virtual Machine

    Press the Play button to power on the Virtual Machine.

    Automatic Boot In

  19. Welcome RHEL Virtual Machine

    After initiating the installation. You will be treated with a welcome screen on which you will see the option to select the language. Select your language and click Continue.

    Welcom To Red Hat EnterPrise Linux

  20. Configure the required installation settings

    Set the Keyboard, Language supports, Time and Date settings, Software package selections for installation, root password, Installation media, and disk partition information to proceed with the installation of RHEL.

    Installation Summary

  21. Partition the Disk

    Select the Disk to erase for auto partition. Or Select the Advance option to create the custom partition.

    Installation Destination

  22. Set root account password

    Installation Summary One

  23. Begin Installation after setting up all the required settings

    Installation Summary Two

  24. Installation of CentOS is in Progress

    This process would take 15 to 60 minutes depends on your network bandwidth and package selection. Wait until it finishes.

    Installation Progress

  25. Reboot Virtual Machine

    Reboot the machine after installation.

    Installation Progress One

  26. Select License Information upon reboot and accept the license

    Intial Setup

  27. Tick – I Accept The License Agreement – Done

    License Iformation

  28. Create a user account

    Type Full Name, User Name (Tick Make This User Administrator & Require a Password to Use This Account), Password and Cofirm Password – Done

    Create User

  29. This will finish the configuration wizard

    Click Finish Configuration to continue.

    Intial Setup One

  30. Sign In with user account

    RedHat One

  31. Select Language

    You will be treated with a screen to select the language. Select your language then click Next.


  32. Select your keyboard then click Next


  33. Toggle Location Services either to ON or OFF as per your requirement


  34. You can connect this VM to your online accounts. However, this is an optional step. We have skipped this in the demonstration

    Online Account

  35. That’s all. Now, we are ready to go!!!

    Ready To Go

  36. This completes the installation of RHEL on the VMWare Workstation

    RedHat Enterprise Linux Main Screen

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This is how you should install RHEL Linux on VMWare Workstation. We hope this tutorial post will help you in installing RHEL on VMWare Workstation. Thanks for reading this post. Please share this post and help to secure the digital world. Visit our social media page on FacebookLinkedInTwitterTelegramTumblr, & Medium and subscribe to receive updates like this.

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