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To tell you about Raspberry Pi, it is a Single Board Computer (SBC) that comes in the size of a credit card developed by Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK-based educational charity. Raspberry Pi OS (previously called Raspbian) is an operating system developed to work on Raspberry Pi. However, in this post, we are not talking about the Raspberry Pi OS that runs on a tiny computer. We are talking about the desktop version of Raspberry Pi OS which is developed to run on regular Desktop and Laptop computers. You can install this as your computer’s main operating system. And, you can also run it in a virtual environment as a VM in VMWare Workstation, We are going to cover a detailed Step-by-Step Procedure to Install Raspberry Pi OS on VMWare Workstation in this post.

What Is Desktop Version Of Raspberry Pi OS?

It is an official Debian/Ubuntu based operating system released by Raspberry Pi Foundation for desktop or laptop computers. This operating system is developed especially for the old computers which struggle to run the modern operating systems. You can install this as your computer’s main operating system. Moreover, you can also run it in a virtual environment as a VM in VMWare Workstation, or create a USB stick or other medium from which you can run it when required. Let’s see how to Install Raspberry Pi OS on VMWare Workstation in this post.

What Is VMWare Workstation?

VMWare Workstation is an application developed by VMWare to create virtual machines, containers, and Kubernetes clusters on any desktop or server system. VMWare released VMWare Workstation in two products: VMWare Workstation Pro and VMWare Workstation Player. VMWare Workstation Player is released on a free license with limited features, whereas VMWare Workstation Pro is an enterprise paid version that has loaded with a lot of features. Full documentation is published on the VMWare portal for free. Refer to the documentation from here.

  1. VMware Workstation Pro Documentation Center
  2. VMware Workstation Player Documentation Center

Prerequisites To Install Raspberry Pi OS On VMWare Workstation:

To install Raspberry Pi OS on VMWare Workstation you just need a physical machine, VMWare Workstation Pro or Player, and Raspberry Pi OS ISO image for disktop.

  1. A host system with minimum:
    1. 8 GB of memory
    2. A quad core CPU
    3. 500 GB of Hard Drive
  2. VMWare Workstation Pro or Player application:0
    1. Download VMWare Workstation
  3. Raspberry Pi OS ISO image to install on VMWare Workstation.
    1. Download Raspberry Pi OS for Desktop/Laptop

How To Install Raspberry Pi OS On VMWare Workstation?

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Install Raspberry Pi OS on VMWare Workstation?

  1. Fier up VMWare WorkstationDownload the VMWare Workstation application for your host operating system and install it on your machine. The installation procedure is pretty simple and straight. Read the documentation for more details. Open the app after installation. Create a new Virtual Machine.

  2. Select Custom Configuration WizardYou can choose either Typical or Custom Wizard. We recommend selecting Custom if you want to install with all the configurations. If you are okay with default configurations then go ahead with Typical configurations.

    What Type of Configuration Do you Want
  3. Select Virtual Machine Hardware CompatibilityGo with the default option if you don’t have the choice.

    Which Hardware Feature are Needed For This virtual Machine
  4. Select the Operating System MediaSelect ‘I will install the operating system later’ for an interactive installation.

    Guest Operating Sustem Installation
  5. Select Guest Operating SystemGuest Operating System
  6. Name the Virtual Machine Name and locationType a name and give the location details.

    Virtual Machine Name
  7. Allocate the ProcessorsAssign the processors, Calculate the processor required to run the host machine. Assign the leftover resources to the virtual machine.

    Processor Configuration
  8. Allocate the Memory for Virtual MachineMemory allocation calculation is the same as the processor allocation. Leave sufficient memory for the host system and allocate the remaining memory for the virtual machine.

    Memorry for The Virtual Machine
  9. Choose the Network ConfigurationSelect any one of the network configurations as per your requirement.

    Network Type
  10. Select the I/O Controller TypeSelect Controller Types
  11. Select Disk TypeSelect a Disk Type
  12. Select Virtual DiskSelect the Virtual Disk if you have or create one.

    Select a Disk
  13. Select Disk CapacitySelect the disk size. Selecting a single disk will increase the performance. However, selecting a split disk will help in the disk transfer scenario.

    Specify Disk Capacity
  14. Specify Virtual Disk FileSpecify Disk File
  15. Create Virtual MachineRead To Create Virual Machine
  16. Supply Raspberry Pi ISO Image to Virtual MachineDownload Raspberry Pi image. Edit the CD/DVD settings and import the downloaded Raspberry Pi image.

    Virtual Machine Settings
  17. Install Raspberry Pi on VMWare WorkstationOther Linux 5.x ad Later 64-bit
  18. Power On the Virtual MachinePress the Play button to power on the Virtual Machine.

    Debian GNU Linux Menu BIOS Mode
  19. Welcome to the Raspberry Pi Desktop Virtual MachineAfter powering on the Virtual machine, you will be greeted with a welcome screen like below.

    Powered by Debian
  20. The first Welcome greet after the bootWelcome to the Raspberry Pi One
  21. Set Country, Language, and TimezoneWelcome to the Raspberry Pi Two
  22. Set the new password for the user ‘pi’Welcome to the Raspberry Pi Three
  23. Update Raspberry Pi Operating SystemWelcome to the Raspberry Pi Four
  24. Complete the SetupWelcome to the Raspberry Pi Five
  25. Raspberry Pi DesktopRaspberry Pi Main Xcreen


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