How to install Ubuntu as a virtual machine on VMWare server

Virtualized Ubuntu Splash ScreenHave you always wanted to give Linux a try but have'nt because you thought of formatting your machine, reinstalling everything, backing up all your data and programs ? Well now you can learn and enjoy Linux along with your Windows operating system with full features using the free VMWare server. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Ubuntu Linux as a virtual machine in VMWare server on your windows machine. You will be enjoying your fully virtualized Linux desktop in less than 20 minutes.

VMWare server logon page

Step1:
Go to your VMWare servers URL so we can start the setup, this is typically Start -> All Programs -> VMWare -> VMWareserver -> VMWareserver home page (by default http://yourservername:8333/ui/#) and log on (usually with your local administrator account on your VMWare server windows account)

Click on virtual machine then create virtual machine

Step2:
On VMWare server menu, click on Virtual Machine then Create Virtual Machine

Give your Virtual Machine a name and choose a datastore

Step3:
Give your Virtual machine a name and choose your Datastore (in this case, Ubuntu 9.10 and we chose Datastore1), click Next

For Guest OS choose Linux OS and Ubuntu 32 bit

Step4:
For Guest operating system choose "Linux OS" and from the drop down Choose Ubuntu 32 bit. Leave product compatibility as default

Choose the default for Memory and Processor for your virtualization

Step5:
For Memory and processor choose the default of 512 MB RAM and a single processor