How to Setup VM for Solaris on VMware Workstation

Solaris is the most widely used, enterprise UNIX operating system that Sun Microsystems provides for its family of Scalable Processor Architecture-based processors as well as for Intel-based processors. The difference between Linux and Unix (Solaris) is that Linux boasts a smaller kernel and its code was rewritten from the ground up while Solaris was originally based on Berkeley UNIX or BSD. There is an ongoing debate about what is a "true" UNIX OS and what is a UNIX-like or UNIX-flavor OS. However, there is no official definition that distinguishes between the thousands of products that use UNIX commands and UNIX shells. The only official way to differentiate is by the trademark controlled by The Open Group.

In this article we will cover the steps to setup your Virtual Machine of the installation of Solaris using VMware Workstation 12. While in the next article we will cover up its next part to show you the complete installation of Solaris on VMware Workstation.

1) Open VMware Workstation

Starting from the first step, let's open the Home page of your VMware workstation to create new Virtual Machine that we will be using for Solaris installation. Once you click on the 'Create New Virtual Machine' as new VM wizard will be opened.

Create New VM

2) VM Configuration

Choose the 'Custom' configuration open to configure the advance level settings for this VM as shown below and then click on the 'NEXT' button to proceed.

Custom Settings

3) Hardware Compatibility

Here you will choose your required hardware version from the drop-down available options if you wish to some old version that your infrastructure supports.

Hardware compatibity

4) Installation Media

In this step, you need to mention the path o for your guest Operating System if its available on the disk or an ISO image that you have downloaded. So, we will choose the second option and browse the location of ISO image that you can get from Solaris Download Page. Then click on the 'Next' button to proceed to the next step.

installation Media

5) Name your Virtual Machine

Choose the name that best describes's the purpose of your new VM. So here we are going to choose name and location for its physical path.

VM name

6) Processor Configuration

Here you will specify the number of processors and cores that you wish to assign with the VM for Solaris. So we are going choose 1 Processor and core for this VM as per minimum recommendations.

CPU Confiurations

7) RAM Configuration

Choose the RAM as per recommendations that 2 GB as shown in below image and then click on the 'Next' button to proceed.

RAM Configurations

8) Network Type

Choose your network connection as the NAT (Network Address Translation) that gives the guest operating system access to the host computer's dial up or external Ethernet network connection using the host IP address.

Network Type

9) I/O Controller

From the multiple available options for SCSI controller types, choose the recommended one that is LSI logic type and click on the 'Next' button to proceed.

SCSI Controller

10) Disk Type

Select the virtual disk type as 'SCSI' and click on the Next button to move.

disk type

11) Select Disk

Select the option to create a new virtual disk that will appear as a single hard disk on your guest operating system.

select disk

12) Disk Capacity

The recommended disk size for solaris is 16 GB, but we are going to choose 20 GB here. Then select the option to split virtual disk into multiple files that will helps you in case when you want to move your virtual machine to other computer.

disk capacity

13) Disk File location

Browse the location where you want to save the disk file and click on the Next button.

disk file

14) Finish VM Creation

Let's click on the finish button to create the virtual machine after reviewing the summary of your selected steps. If find any mistake you can go back to make correction.

Finish VM creation

Once you click on the finish button then you can see your new VM under the list of all your created Virtual Machines. So, choose the Solaris, you will see the summary of your attached devices here. You can click on the Edit VM settings to change the settings if required and then click on the Power On button to start working on it.

VM settings


We have successfully setup our new virtual machine on VMware Workstation that we will be using for the installation of Solaris. So up-to this point if you have any confusion or suggestions please don't hesitate to comment us back as we feel pleasure to assist you.

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