Installing Ubuntu in a VMware VM

Creating the VM and installing Ubuntu

Download the Ubuntu .iso from

In this case I used VMware Fusion. Start VMware Fusion and follow these steps:

Click on File->New...
Click on "Continue without disc"
Click on "Choose a disc or disc image..." twice
Select your Ubuntu .iso file. I used: ubuntu-12.04.1-desktop-i386.iso
Click on "Open"
Click on "Continue"
Verify that the Operating System shows as "Linux" and that the Version shows as "Ubuntu"
Click on "Continue"
Select "Use Easy Install"
Type your full name into the Display Name field
Type your desired account name into the Account Name field (choose wisely; you can't change it)
Select a password
I have files on my host machine that I want to share with the VM, so I selected "Make your home folder accessible to the virtual machine"
For now, I left the access level at "Read only". We can change that later.
Click on "Continue"
If prompted to download VMware Tools, do that
Click on "Finish" to let the install start
You will be asked where you want to save the VM. Use the default or select somewhere else. Whatever your preference.

Configuring Ubuntu

Log in using the account information you specified above.

Along the left side of the screen will be a set of icons. Find the one with a gear and wrench. Click on that. This will open the settings dialog. Click on Hardware->Displays. Set the screen resolution to something larger. On my notebook I was able to set it to 1440x900.

Along the left side of the screen will be a set of icons. Find the one with a folder and an up arrow. Click on that. This will open the updater dialog. Install all of the updates that it suggests. This should go a lot faster than the Fedora updates did. It seems that Ubuntu keeps their releases a little fresher.

Pro Tip: This would be an excellent time to take a snapshot.


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