In previous post, we learned about creating a virtual machine in virtual environment. If you’ve missed previous posts of this series, you can find them here.
- Introduction to vSphere 6.0
- Introduction to Virtual Infrastructure
- vSphere 6.0 Lab Setup
- vSphere Client 6.0
- Install and Configure ESXi 6.0
- Configure IP Address and Hostname of ESXi 6.0
- Configure NTP Client using vSphere Web Client
- Understanding Virtual Machine Files
- Virtual Machine Virtual Hardware
- Virtual Disk Types
- Creating a Virtual Machine
In this post, we’ll learn how to install guest operating system in a VM step by step. Creation and installation of a VM in virtual environment is a pretty easy task. Installing a guest OS on a VM is like installing it on a physical computer. To install a guest OS, you interact with a VM through the virtual machine console. Using the vSphere Web Client, you can attach a CD/DVD, or ISO image containing the installation image to the virtual CD/DVD drive. I’m going to install a guest OS by attaching ISO image. Let’s start the task.
Step 1: Login to vSphere Web Client using your credentials and click “Logon”.
Step 2: Click on the “Host and Clusters”. You can also click on “VMs and Templates” to access your installed VM.
Step 3: Right click on a VM which we’ve created in last post and click on “Edit Settings”.
Step 4: Click “CD/DVD drive 1”, and choose “Datastore ISO file” from drop down list. Then, brows your ISO image. Make sure that “Connect” check box is ticked.
Step 5: Right click your created VM, and select “Power” and click “Power On”.
Step 6: Right click on installed VM and select “Open Console” to view installation process of windows. Windows installation process will start
Step 7: Follow step by step procedure for installing guest OS
Step 8: Let’s complete the installation process
Step 9: Windows is finalizing your settings
Installing VMware Tools
After guest OS installation, now we’ll install VMware Tools. VMware Tools enhance performance of a VM such as device drivers, graphics, and mouse movement etc.
Step 10: To install VMware Tools in installed windows OS, right click on guest OS and select “Guest OS”, and click on “Install VMware Tools”.
Step 11: Click on “Mount” button.
Step 12: Click on “Run Setup.exe”
VMware Installation Setup process will be started.
VMware Tools are installed and running
To know more about Virtualization, ESXi, and VMs you can follow VMware vSphere 6 Part 1 – Virtualization, ESXi and VMs course.
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