STEP 1 : Create a Virtual Machine with CentOS 6.5
Few Definitions :
VMware Player : a virtualization software package supplied free of charge by VMware, Inc. It can run existing virtual appliances and create its own virtual machines.
VMware Workstation : a similar program with more features, but not free of charge.
Virtual appliance : a virtual machine image designed to run on a virtualization platform (e.g., VirtualBox, Xen, VMware Workstation, Parallels Workstation).
Creating a Virtual Machine
Download CentOS 6.5 64 bit from the link : http://www.tecmint.com/centos-6-5-installation-guide-with-screenshots/ and save the ISO files.
Download VMware Player from : https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/4_0
After installing VMware Player, double click on the icon and open it.
I am using VMware Player 4.0.6.
In the VMware Player console, click on Create a New Virtual Machine
- New Virtual Machine Wizard : Select Installer disc image file (iso) : Browse Centos DVD1
- Enter User Name and Password. (This is for both user and root accounts)
- Enter Virtual machine name and location
- Key in Max disc size as 20GB which is recommended for CentOS 64 bit.
- Select to store Virtual machine as a single file or Split into Multiple files.
- Splitting may reduce performance with very large disks.
- It uses Easy Install to install CentOS
- Once all packages are installed, Click on Change Disk – Select DVD2 Iso.
When you use Easy Install, you usually do not need to provide information during guest operating system installation.
- If you did not provide all of the Easy Install information in the New Virtual Machine wizard, you might be prompted for a product key, username, or password.
- Also, if the guest operating system installation consists of multiple discs or ISO image files, the installer might prompt you for the next disk.
- If the installer prompts you for a product key, username, or password, click in the virtual machine window and type the required information.
- Mouse and keyboard input are captured by the virtual machine.
- If you are using physical discs and the installer prompts you for the next disk, use the CD-ROM or DVD drive on the host system.
- If you are using multiple ISO image files and the installer prompts you for the next disk, select the next ISO image file.
- Now CentOS 6.5 64 bit is successfully installed in the virtual machine.