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Installing a Fedora 16 virtual machine in VMware Workstation 8.x using the custom install method (2011162)

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  • Attempting to install Fedora 16 in VMware Workstation 8.x fails when using Easy Install.
  • You cannot create a Fedora 16 virtual machine using Easy Install.


This article provides steps to manually install a Fedora 16 virtual machine in VMware Workstation 8.x


The Easy Install feature in Workstation 8.0.1 and earlier is not compatible with Fedora 16.


This issue is resolved in Workstation 8.0.2 available at VMware Downloads.
In Workstation 8.0.2, you can install Fedora 16 using the Easy Install method. For more information, see the Create a New Virtual Machine on the Local Host section of the Using VMware Workstation guide.
To workaround this issue, create a Fedora 16 virtual machine in Workstation 8.0.1 and earlier, configure the OS manually:
  1. Start Workstation.
  2. Go to File > New Virtual Machine.
  3. On the What type of configuration do you want? page, select Typical (recommended), then click Next.
  4. On the Guest Operating System Installation page, select I will install the operating system later, then click Next.
  5. On the Select a Guest Operating System page, select Linux and either Fedora (for the 32-bit version) or Fedora 64-bit (for the 64-bit version), then click Next.
  6. Provide a name for your virtual machine and choose the location where you want to save the virtual machine, then click Next.
  7. On the Specify Disk Capacity page, adjust the disk to the size you require and choose either to store the virtual machine as a single file or as multiple files, then click Next.
  8. On the Ready to Create Virtual Machine page, click Customize Hardware. Select Add, select CD/DVD Drive, then click Next.
  9. Select Use ISO Image, then click Next.
  10. On the Choose an ISO Image page, click Browse. Navigate to and select your Fedora 16 ISO image.
  11. Ensure that Connect at power on is selected, then click Finish.
  12. Power on the virtual machine.
  13. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  14. When the installation completes, shut down the virtual machine.
  15. Go to VM > Settings. Under the Hardware tab, select CD/DVD (IDE) and change the connection to Use physical drive, then click OK.

Note: While you can install Fedora 16 using this method, in Workstation 8.0.1 and earlier, VMware shared folders are not available. To enable shared folders in Fedora 16, see   The VMware Workstation Shared Folders option is missing in Fedora 16 virtual machines (2016514)

See Also

Update History

01/25/2012 - Added note that issue is resolved in 8.0.2. 04/23/2012 - Added information/reference KB on enabling shared folder in Fedora 16. 08/24/2012 - Added Workstation 9.x to Products

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