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Installing as guest in VMware

This chapter explains how to virtualize Athena OS inside of VMware in order to run Athena OS as virtual machine. This approach could be useful in case you would like to have a separated machine from the host that could also interact with other virtual machines, the host itself and other endpoints on the local network.

For this guide, VMware Workstation on Linux has been used, but the steps are the same for Windows.

Once you downloaded and installed VMware Workstation, open it and click on Create a New Virtual Machine

VMware Create VM

Then, you can set the same choices that you see on the next images or you can tweak some option you wish

VMware Configuration VM VMware Compatibility VMware Media VMware Guest Type VMware VM Name VMware CPU VMware RAM VMware Network VMware I/O Controller VMware Disk Type VMware Virtual Disk VMware Disk Size VMware Disk File VMware Summary VMware VM Tools

When you finished to set this initial configuration, we need to tweak some settings.

For first, click on Edit virtual machine settings and then click on Printer and click on Remove

VMware Printer

Then you can set the USB as you wish, for example

VMware USB

It is suggested on VMware to enable 3D Acceleration and assign some GB on it as the following

VMware Acceleration

Move to Options tab. Enable the Report battery information to guests

VMware Battery Guest

It could be useful to enable Shared Folders if you need to exchange files between the virtual machine and the host

VMware Shared Folders

You can set also the Synchronize guest time with host option

VMware Synchronize Time

Finally, go to Advanced and enable UEFI boot VMware UEFI

and save changes.

If you are using VMware client on Linux, open the terminal, and run:

Terminal window
sudo modprobe vmmon
sudo modprobe vmnet
sudo modprobe vmw_vmci
sudo systemctl enable --now vmware-networks

Finally, run the virtual machine and install Athena OS as explained in Installing as single boot chapter.