In-order to install CentOS-5.5-i386 / Linux on VMware 1.0.4 you need to have an ISO image of CentOS and also a licensed version of  VMware installed on your computer. I’m assuming that you have already installed VMware on your computer. If you don’t have an iso image of CentOS, you can freely download it from

Steps to Install Linux / CentOS on VMware Server

  •  Click on file –> New –> Virtual Machine


  • Then Click on the Next Button


  • Choose Custom Installation and click next

VMware Custom installation

  • Choose Linux and select Red Hat Linux under version


  • Give a name for the virtual machine and also choose a location for the same and click  next


  • If you wish to make the Virtual Machine Private you can put a tick or else leave it unticked. If you leave it unticked, you can easily copy the Virtual Machine on any computer and start Linux using VMware

Linux VMware installation

  • Hit the next button again

next next next

  • You can select the number of processors as per your choice


  • Specify how much memory you would like to allocate. Again it depends on you and ofcourse the amount of RAM installed on the computer

Memory allocation

  • Choose a Network Connection type as per your requirement

network connection

  • Use LSI Logic  under SCSI Adapters option

SCSI adapters

  • Select the option -> Create a new virtual disk

Virtual Disk

  • Select the Virtual disk type as IDE and then click next


  • Enter a size for the virtual disk but don’t tick allocate disk space now and click Next


  • Click on the Finish button

Finished installing

  • You need to click on Edit Virtual Machine Settings. Select CD ROM and use the ISO image ( use the browse button to specify the location where the image file is saved) 

Image File

  • Its time to play the game 😉  Start the virtual machine

start VM

  • Press the Enter key on the keyboard to begin installation of CentOS


  • Highlight SKIP and press Enter


  • Hit the next button to proceed

Next button to proceed

  • Choose the language of your choice and click Next


  • Hit Yes and proceed further


  • Click Next again – Make sure no changes are made on this screen

next screen

  • A message would pop up asking if you want to remove linux partitions on the following drives. Just say yes

yes i want to proceed

  • For IP configuration –> Select automatically via  DHCP
  • Choose your location from the map and hit next


  • Type in the username and password ( a new username and password)

username and password

  • Click on the next button again

linux install

  • It will start the installation. Once its complete press the reboot button
  • Once rebooted , Hit the forward button

reboot linux

  • Enable or Disable Firewall – Its up to you

Firewall on CentOS

  • Enable or Disable SELinux  and click forward


  • Keep the Kdump disabled  and click next
  • Set the date and time and proceed
  • Now you can create a new user .

create user CentOS

  • Click the Finish button and press OK to reboot

ok button

  • After its restarts you will have to enter the username and password


  • After you login you will see a similar screen like the one displayed below



Congratulations! You have successfully installed CentOs / Linux on VMware.  If you have any doubts or If this tutorial has help you install linux on VMware, do let me know via comments.  Thanks a lot for reading.