How to Install Ubuntu 18.10 LTS and VMware Tools in VMware Workstation 15 Pro



In this blog, I will show you how to install Ubuntu 18.10 LTS Desktop and VMware tools in VMware Workstation 15 Pro. The whole process is pretty simple and straight forward. In this version of Ubuntu, I realized that installing VMware tools has become more simplified. You don’t have to install them separately. It gets installed automatically. Only a restart is required.

Lets get started…..

I have created a video that shows you all the steps. Rest of the blog is the step by step instructions. Watching the video is a good starting point.

Step 1 – Download Ubuntu Desktop Image

The download is straight forward. Go to Ubuntu website and download the .ISO image. This is the direct link. You can also check out the alternate download link. Here you get the option to download the Ubuntu image using torrent. My preferred download is torrent because the file size is large, about 1.9 GB and it might take a while. The advantage with torrent is that you can pause the download and resume whenever you want.

Step 2 – Locate the downloaded file

You can find the downloaded image file in the downloads folder, if you have not changed the default settings. The filename would be something like ubuntu-18.10-desktop-amd64.iso

Step 3 – Open VMware Workstation 15

Lets start the installation process. Open VMware Workstation. If you dont have it installed already, please visit my page.

Step 4 – Launch VMware Workstation New Virtual Machine installation wizard.

You can launch this by clicking Create New Virtual Machine button on the home screen or go to menu File -> New Virtual Machine. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + N on Windows. VMware workstation supports tab view, which is, all the virtual machines running or stopped will show up in its own tab until you close them by clicking X on the tab itself. It’s the same as you see in the browsers where webpages open in separate tabs rather then separate windows. In software development terms, this is commonly referred to as the tabbed interface.

Vmware Workstation 12 home tab screenshot.

Vmware Workstation 12 home tab screenshot.

Step 5- Welcome to the new Virtual Machine Wizard dialog box appears

This is where you get a chance to select the way virtual machine will be created. Typical is predefined or mostly the defaults. Custom is where you get to set advanced options such as compatibility with older Virtual Machines, SCSI controller type, etc. We will go with the default options. Select Typical and click Next.

Vmware workstation 12 new virtual machine setup wizard screenshot

Vmware workstation 12 new virtual machine setup wizard screenshot

Step 6- Select installation media or source

In this dialog box you will have to browse to the downloaded ISO file and click next. You will see that VMware doesnot detect the OS automatically. We can ignore it for now. This will be fixed in the next step.

VMware Workstation 12 Pro- Install Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 - Installer disk image file dialog box screenshot.

VMware Workstation 12 Pro – Install Ubuntu Desktop 16.04 – Installer disk image file dialog box screenshot.

Step 7- Enter details in Personalize Linux dialog box

In this dialog box you have to enter your Name, Username and Password. This will your Ubuntu Login credentials.

VMware Workstation 12 install ubuntu desktop personalize linux dialog box

VMware Workstation 12 install ubuntu desktop – personalize linux dialog box

Step 8- Enter Virtual Machine Name and Location

In this dialog box you please specify the name for your virtual machine. It could be anything meaningful. Alternatively you can accept the default. For the location, you can accept the default location or change it to your desired location. Default location is Virtual Machines folder in your Documents folder. A new folder is created in the Virtual Machines folder for each virtual machine you install through VMware workstation. The name of the folder is the same as the name of the virtual machine you enter here.

VMware Workstation name of the Virtual Machine dialog box screenshot

VMware Workstation name of the Virtual Machine dialog box screenshot

Step 9- Specify disk capacity

This dialog box asks you to specify the disk capacity. This is the maximum amount of disk space it will utilize once the Virtual Machine is created. You can leave it to the default but if you are running low on disk space, you can reduce it to 20 GB. This is generally sufficient if you are not planning to install heavy disk using software’s such as Photoshop. Such software’s reduce the performance of your Virtual Machine if your Computer is not powerful enough.

Check Split Virtual Disk into multiple files. This is the default option. Say if you specify 60 GB, all of 60 GB will not be utilized or say 60 GB will not be blocked at once. These Virtual Disks expand according to the usage with a Maximum size you specifed as the disk capacity. On a fresh install normally it takes 10 GB of space which will grow according to the software’s you install in the VM.

VMware Workstation specify disk capacity dialog box Screenshot

VMware Workstation specify disk capacity dialog box Screenshot

Step 10- Ready to create Virtual Machine Dialog Box

This is the final dialog box and what you see is all the options you have selected in previous dialog boxes. You will also see Memory, Network Adapter and Other Devices. They are the defaults. If you wish to change them, click on Customize Hardware. You can leave them as defaults for now, they can be changed later on also once the Virtual Machine is created. Please check the box Power on the virtual machine after creation

VMware Workstation ready to create virtual machine hardware settings dialog box screenshot.

VMware Workstation ready to create virtual machine hardware settings dialog box screenshot.

Step 11 – Power on Virtual Machine

If you had checked the box – Power on the virtual machine after creation, the VM should restart automatically. Else you have to virtual machine manually. You can see the option to power on the VM on top left hand side.

VMware Workstation Power on Virtual machine dialog box screenshot

VMware Workstation Power on Virtual machine dialog box screenshot

Step 12 – Ubuntu OS installation starts

After this you will see that the installation process starts. Please wait till the process completes. After an automatic restart ypu will be asked to enter your username and password to login.

VMware Workstation 12 install Ubuntu desktop16.04 installation begins screenshot

VMware Workstation 12 install Ubuntu desktop16.04 installation begins screenshot

Step 13 – Enter username and password to login in to Ubuntu

Now you will have to enter your username and password to login to Ubuntu. This is the same username and password you had set earlier.

VMware Workstation 12 install Ubuntu desktop 16.04 login screenshot

VMware Workstation 12 install Ubuntu desktop 16.04 login screenshot

Step 14 – Install VMware tools

In this version of Ubuntu, VMware tools gets installed automatically. If you see VM-> Reinstall VMware tools, It means that the VMware tools has got installed. To check the version, open terminal and type the command

vmware-toolbox-cmd -v

If you see the version number number, VMware tools is installed.

VMware Workstation 12 install ubuntu check VMare tools version screenshot

VMware Workstation 12 install ubuntu check VMare tools version screenshot

Step 14 – Switching to full screen mode

You should be able to see the Ubuntu Desktop in Full screen mode automatically. If you are not able to see the Ubuntu Desktop completely in full screen mode even after VMware tools is installed, you need to restart the system. Full screen mode should work now.

That’s it, You are done. Enjoy working on Ubuntu Desktop.

VMware Workstation 12 install Ubuntu desktop 16.04 screenshot

VMware Workstation 12 install Ubuntu desktop 16.04 screenshot

If you want to visually see the steps, please checkout the below screencast

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  • DinhDanh May 11, 2017, 3:59 pm Link Reply

    Hi there,
    I am using in VMware Workstation 10.0 in Windows 10 64bit. But I cannot install Ubuntu 16 04 64bit LTS, I wonder if VMware Workstation 10 allows to install Ubuntu 64bits?
    Thanks.

    • Shailesh Jha May 11, 2017, 10:07 pm Link Reply

      VMware Workstation 10 is pretty old and may not support Ubuntu 16.04. Its better to download and install VMware Workstation 12.
      You can try Ubuntu 2017, it is released.

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