How to install VMware Workstation 8 on CentOS 6 / RHEL 6 (x86_64)


VMware Workstation is a virtual machine software suite for x86 and x86-64 computers from VMware, which allows users to set up multiple x86 and x86-64 virtual machines (VMs) and use one or more of these virtual machines simultaneously with the hosting operating system. Each virtual machine instance can execute its own guest operating system, including Windows, Linux, BSD variants, and others. In simple terms, VMware Workstation allows one physical machine to run multiple operating systems simultaneously.

To know more on Full requirements and Features of VMware Workstation 8.

Here i will show you how to install VMware Workstation on CentOS 6 / RHEL 6 (x86_64).

Step 1: Go to download page of the VMware Workstation 8.

Step 2: Select and download VMware-Workstation-Full-8.x.x.x86_64.bundle format instead rpm package.

Step 3: Open Terminal (Applications —–> Accessories —–> Terminal).

Step 4: Switch to root user.

[raj@geeksite~/]$ su

Step 5: Change the file permission to make it executable.

[root@geeksite~/]# chmod 755 VMware-Workstation-Full-8.x.x.x86_64.bundle

Step 6: Install VMware Workstation 8.

[root@geeksite~/]# ./VMware-Workstation-Full-8.x.x.x86_64.bundle

Installer will start to extracting files for the installation, it might take some time.

Step 7: Select I Agree and click next.

Step 8: Choose your option for update and then click next.

Step 9: Choose your option for sending anonymous statistics and then click Next.

Step 10: Enter the user that will initially connect to workstation server (Leave the default user) and then click next.

Step 11: Choose your shared directory for shared virtual machine (Leave the default) and then click next.

Step 12: Enter the port no to use for https access to workstation server (Leave the default).

Step 13: Enter the new hard limit (Leave the default) and then click next.

Step 14: Click on Install to begin installation.

VMware installation has been started, sit back for a while.

Step 15: Click close the button to finish the installation.

Step 16: Start the VMware Workstation ( Applications —–> System Tools ——> VMware Workstation).


[root@geeksite~/]# vmware

Step 17: Accept the license agreement.

Step 18: You should see the home screen of the VMware Workstation; here you can manage the Virtual Machines.

That’s all! You have successfully installed VMware Workstation on CentOS 6 / RHEL 6.

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