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Install Linux Mint Linux on VMWare Workstation

As more as the technology develops it gives more flexibility, usability, and portability. With the introduction of cross-platform technology like virtualization and remote computing, any program can be run on any platform irrespective of compatibility. Hardware virtualizations allows to create a fully working virtual machine on any platform. VMWare Workstation is one such hardware visualization platform available in the market on which any virtual machines can be created. In this post, we will show you how to install Linux Mint on VMWare Workstation to create a full-fledge working Linux Mint virtual machine.

What Is Linux Mint?

Linux Mint is a Linux operating system based on the Ubuntu platform. Linux Mint operating system is most likely developed for desktop and laptop computers. Its multimedia, graphic design, web, and gaming support have made Mint the fastest-growing Linux distribution. For more information, visit its home site.

What Is VMWare Workstation?

VMWare Workstation is an application developed by VMWare to create virtual machines, containers, and Kubernetes clusters on any desktop or server system. VMWare released VMWare Workstation in two products: VMWare Workstation Pro and VMWare Workstation Player. VMWare Workstation Player is released on a free license with limited features, whereas VMWare Workstation Pro is an enterprise paid version that has loaded with a lot of features. Full documentation is published on the VMWare portal for free. Refer to the documentation from here.

  1. VMware Workstation Pro Documentation Center
  2. VMware Workstation Player Documentation Center

Prerequisites To Install Linux Mint On VMWare Workstation:

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

  1. A host system with minimum:
    1. 8 GB of memory
    2. A quad core CPU
    3. 500 GB of Hard Drive
  2. VMWare Workstation Pro or Player application:0
    1. Download VMWare Workstation
  3. Linux Mint Operating System to install on VMWare Workstation.
    1. Download Linux Mint

How To Install Linux Mint On VMWare Workstation?

Time needed: 30 minutes

How to Install Linux Mint 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.

    Fier up VMWare Workstation

  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.

    Virtual Machine Configuratio Wizard

  3. Select Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibilityrkstation 16x – Next

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

    Virtual Mechine Hardware Compatibility- Choose Workshstation 16x

  4. Select the Operating System Media

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

    Install Linux Mint From ISO image

  5. Select Guest Operating System

    Select Linux in Guest Operating Sustem

  6. Name the Virtual Machine Name and location

    Type a name and give the location details.

    Name your Virtual Machine and set location to store

  7. Allocate the Processors

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

    Allocate the number of processor required

  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.

    Allocate Memory For The Virtual Machine

  9. Choose the Network Configuration

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

    Chose Network Conection for your VM

  10. Select the I/O Controller Type

    Which SCSI Would You Like To Use For SCSI Virtual Disk?

  11. Select Disk Type

    Select A Disk Type for your Virtual Machine

  12. Select Virtual Disk

    Select the Virtual Disk if you have or create one.

    Select A Disk for Linux Mint

  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 for Linux Mint

  14. Specify Virtual Disk File

    Where Would You Like To Store The Disk file for your VM?

  15. Create Virtual Machine

    Ready To Create Virtual Machie

  16. Supply Linux Mint ISO Image to Virtual Machine

    Download Linux Mint image. Edit the CD/DVD settings and import the downloaded Linux Mint image.

    Browse Linux Mint ISO image to CD/DVD of the VM

  17. Install Linux Mint on VMWare Workstation

    Power on Virtual Machine

  18. Power On the Virtual Machine

    Press the Play button to power on the Virtual Machine.

    Welcom To Liux Mint 20.2 Cimanon 64bit

  19. Welcome Linux Mint Live Boot

    After booting the Linux Mint, You will see a fully functional live operating system. You can explore Linux and try how does it work. You can install Linux just by double click on the CD incon.

    Initiate installation for live Linux Mint boot

  20. Welcome Linux Mint Virtual Machine

    After initiating the installation from the live boot. 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.

    Select language in Welcome screen

  21. Select Keyboard Layout

    Select Keyboard Layout

  22. Check the install multimedia codecs of needed.

    Check Multimedia Codecs if you need

  23. Partition the Disk

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

    Select drive partition to install Linux Mint

  24. Write Changes to Disk

    Write The Change To Disks

  25. Select Time Zone

    Select time zone

  26. Create an Admin Account

    Create a user account

  27. Installation of Linux Mint in Progress

    Lint Linux Installation in progress

  28. Reboot Virtual Machine

    Reboot the machine after installation.

    Reboot after installation process gets completed

  29. Remove the installation media

    Remove the installation media before reboot.

    Please Remove The Istallation Medium, Them Press EnTER:

  30. Boot Linux Mint

    Procedure to install Linux Mint on VMWare Workstation finished

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This is how you should install Linux Mint on VMWare Workstation. We hope this tutorial post will help you in installing Linux Mint 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 FacebookLinkedInTwitterTelegramTumblrMedium & Instagram, subscribe to receive updates like this.

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