In this article, we will examine how to set up and use VMware Workstation 17 Pro virtualization software, which allows you to create virtual machines on the openSUSE Leap 15 (15.4) Linux distribution, which is usually used on server computers, and create guest machines such as Windows.
How to Set Up and Use VMware Workstation 17 Pro to Create a Virtual Machine on openSUSE Leap 15
VMware Workstation Pro is a paid software developed by VMware that allows creating virtual machines on Windows or Linux host computers or computers with processors that support virtualization.
VMware sanallaştırma programını Microsoft’un Windows sistemleri üzerine kurabileceğiniz gibi Linux dağıtımlarından biri olan openSUSE üzerine de kolayca kurabilir ve böylece host PC’nizde diğer platforma sahip işletim sistemlerini çalıştırabilirsiniz.
The openSUSE operating system is a reliable, stable, and community-supported distribution that is generally preferred over server systems in terms of performance.
If you have installed the openSUSE distribution on your physical PC or server without any graphical desktop environment, you will be able to use the hardware resources at the highest level. Thus, by installing virtualization software, you can use all the hardware resources of your PC at optimum performance.
How to Download and Install VMware Workstation
Installing Workstation on the SUSE distribution may not be as easy as installing it on other distributions, or you may need to use different commands to download the necessary packages.
Then, in the window that opens, choose to save the bundle extension setup file to your PC and click OK.
Instead of downloading the setup file from the VMware official website, you can quickly download the Workstation software to your computer via the wget command using the terminal.
Open the terminal and navigate to the location where you want to download the Workstation program. If you want to download the file to Downloads, first execute the “cd ~/Downloads” command and then use the wget command.
After downloading the bundle file, execute the “sudo zypper update” command in the terminal to refresh the repository addresses in the openSUSE system and check and update the new versions of the existing packages, and press Y and Enter to confirm the installation of the necessary packages.
sudo zypper update
Before starting the Workstation installation, you need to install the necessary kernel packages for VMware on your SUSE system. To download and install the current kernel packages and GCC packages on your system, execute the “sudo zypper install kernel-source kernel-devel gcc” command in the terminal and press Y and Enter to confirm the installation of the packages.
After installing the necessary kernel packages for VMware software, go to the location where you downloaded the setup file and make the bundle file executable using the commands below in the terminal and start the installation.
After installing VMware Workstation / Player and Virtual Network Editor applications, find the program from the start menu and run it.
When the VMware Workstation welcome window opens, first review the end-user license terms, accept and click Next.
Accept the license agreement of the necessary OVF tool components for Linux platforms and continue.
If you want to check for product updates at startup every time you run the virtualization software, tick Yes in this window and click Next.
By participating in the VMware customer experience program, you can contribute to the development of the program by choosing to send a report to the software developer about the system problems you encounter. If you decide to attend CEIP later, continue with the No option. You can change the CEIP setting later in the program’s settings.
If you have purchased the Workstation software, it is recommended to enter your product key in the license window. If you want to try and use the program for free for 30 days and you plan to purchase it later, select the option below and continue.
After installing VMware Pro software on your SUSE computer, you can open the firmware window and check the version from Help / About from the tool menu.
When you run VMware Pro, click Create a New Virtual Machine from the options on the main screen and open the virtual machine wizard.
In the virtual machine configuration screen, there are two options for system setup, Typical, and Custom. If you continue with Custom, you can prepare a more advanced VM or with Typical you can prepare a new VM with simpler steps.
Therefore, to prepare a more advanced VM, select the Custom (Advanced) type and click Next.
Configure the virtual hardware compatibility setting of the VM you prepared as the latest version of Workstation Pro.
After selecting the Custom option, you need to specify the device or media on which you want to install the operating system. If your host PC’s CD/DVD drive is working and you have DVD media, you can install it with the physical drive without the need to download the ISO file.
Select I will install the operating system later in this step as it is easier to obtain the ISO file and most of today’s computers do not have a physical drive and continue.
In the Guest Operating System settings, you must first select the platform and then the version of the system you will install. For example, you can choose Microsoft Windows as the platform and Windows 10 as the version.
Edit the virtual machine name in a descriptive way depending on the type of guest system. You can avoid business confusion as there will be more than one virtual system that you will set up later.
Where you want to install the Windows 10 virtual computer, specify the relevant location and click Next.
Select UEFI as the Firmware type of the Windows 10 operating system, and then enable Secure Boot for a more secure boot.
Determine an appropriate number of virtual cores for your virtual computer according to the physical processor of your Linux PC.
Determine the Memory size of the virtual machine according to the RAM size of your physical computer.
If you want to use a different IP block to get your guest machines running in Workstation Pro software to the Internet and your local network, select the Network Address Translation (NAT) adapter and continue.
For virtual disk controller, select LSI Logic SAS from I/O Controller types and continue.
Choose NVMe for faster data read and write operations for the virtual disk of your Windows 10 virtual PC.
If you are going to install an operating system on the new virtual machine for the first time, check the Create a New Virtual Disk option and continue.
You can change how big the capacity of your virtual disk for your Windows 10 system is in the Disk Size section. Also, choose to backup the virtual disk file as the only file type and click Next.
By default, the location of the Windows 10 virtual disk file will be in the location where you will install it. Leave the location of the disk file at a default and continue.
After you have prepared a new virtual machine on your SUSE PC, you can see the settings you have made in the hardware summary. Click Finish to close the virtual machine wizard and make other settings.
After preparing the virtual computer, close the VMware Tools notification window.
Click Edit to better configure the settings of the Windows 10 x64 virtual machine.
In the Processors device settings, configure 1 processor / 2 cores according to the capacity of your host CPU in the same way and enable all three features in the Virtualization Engine section.
Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI
Virtualize CPU Performance Counters
Virtualize IOMMU (IO Memory Management Unit)
To add the openSUSE Leap 15 ISO file to the VM you prepared, enable the Use ISO Image option from the CD/DVD device settings and select and open the image file via the Browse button.
Change the USB compatibility to 3.1 so that you can use your USB 3.1 devices on your virtual computer.
Finally, click Start Up This Guest Operating System to begin system setup and run your virtual PC.
When the Microsoft Windows 10 setup wizard opens, you can start installing the operating system by choosing your system language, keyboard type, and time zone.
How to Delete the Virtual Machine
If you want to completely remove the VMs that you have prepared in openSUSE Leap or other Linux distributions, you can do this in a few seconds.
Open the Workstation program and right-click on the guest system you want to remove from the Library section on the left panel and click on Manage / Delete From Disk option and then confirm the permanent removal from your system.
How to Uninstall VMware Workstation
If you no longer want to use the VMware virtualization application on your Linux computer, you can easily uninstall it.
To completely delete or remove the Workstation software from your openSUSE computer, open the terminal and first check the installed version with the command “vmware-installer –list-products”.
To start the uninstallation, execute the command “sudo vmware-installer -u vmware-workstation” and press Y and Enter to confirm deleting the configuration files from your system.
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