How to Install Debian 10 using VMware Workstation

This video shows you how to run Debian 10 Buster on VMware Workstation 15 Pro installed on Windows 10.

How to Install Debian on VMware

Step 1: If you have not previously installed Workstation on your Windows PC, check out the video below.


Step 2: After installing VMware, click Create a New Virtual Machine to create a new machine.

Step 3: You will see two options in the virtual machine creation wizard. These; Typical and Custom (advanced). To configure the advanced machine, select Custom and click Next.

Step 4: In the next step, select Workstation 15.x for the hardware compatibility configuration.

Step 5: In the Guest Operating System Installation, continue by selecting the option below to install the system later.

Step 6: In Select a Guest Operating System, you must select the operating system to install. To install Debian on the virtual machine, check Linux / Debian 10.x 64-bit and continue.

Step 7: In Name the Virtual Machine, give your virtual computer a name and configure the location where it will be stored. Running the VM on an external media is great!

Step 8: In the Processor Configuration, select how many processors and cores you want to add to the Debian virtual machine and continue with the installation.

Step 9: Add 2 or 4 GB RAM to the Debian machine in Memory for the Virtual Machine. If your computer has a capacity of 16 GB RAM, you can specify here 8 GB for the RAM setting.

Step 10: In Network Type, select a connection type that you set in the virtual network editor. Here, proceed with the installation as NAT is selected by default.

Step 11: Select the default setting of LSI Logic in I/O Controller Types.

Step 12: Continue by selecting SCSI, the default setting in Disk Type.

Step 13: In the next step, create a disk for Debian by continuing with Create a new virtual disk option.

Step 14: In Disk Capacity, enable Allocate all disk space now and Store virtual disk as a single file, and finally enter the maximum disk size you want to use in Maximum Disk Size and click Next.

Step 15: In the summary window of the virtual machine, click Customize Hardware.

Step 16: In the virtual hardware settings, add the Debian 10 Buster ISO file to the CD/DVD device. Also, enable all virtualization-related features in the Processor configuration.

Step 17: In addition, activate 3D Graphics and click Finish to switch to Linux installation.

Step 18: After running your virtual computer, click on Graphical Install in the Debian GNU / Linux installer menu (BIOS mode).

Step 19: Select your system display language in Select a Language.

Step 20: In Select your Location, the country is usually selected. You can also select the country where you live and continue.

Step 21: Select the keyboard layout of your computer in Configure the Keyboard. If you have a PC manufactured in a different country, find and select your keyboard layout here.

Step 22: In Set up users and passwords, set a strong and complex password for your root access.

Step 23: In the next step, enter the full name to create a non-root user account.

Step 24: In the next step, type the user name of the non-root account in lower case.

Step 25: Set a password for your non-root account.

Step 26: Set your time zone in Configure the clock.

Step 27: If you are a new Linux / Debian user in Partition Disks, it is useful to continue with the Guided – Use Entire Disk option. If you are experienced in Linux, you can select Guide – Use Entire Disk and Set Up Encrypted LVM.

Step 28: Select the virtual disk (SCSI3) you created.

Step 29: Likewise, select the recommended option (All files in one partition) for new users. Then press Enter on the Finish partitioning and write changes to disk.

Step 30: In the next step, select Yes to confirm that the changes are written to disk and click Continue.

Step 31: Select No on Scan another CD or DVD.

Step 32: If you have a healthy Internet connection, set the Network Mirror setting to Yes.

Network Mirror Country: United States
Archive Mirror:

Step 33: You need to select the Debian desktop you want to use in Software Selection. In this step, you can continue by selecting your most preferred desktop environment.

  • Xfce
  • KDE Plasma
  • Cinnamon
  • MATE
  • LXDE
  • LXQt

Step 34: Finally, install GRUB Boot Loader on /dev/sda and complete the installation process.

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