2020.04.13 – Install Linux (Ubuntu Server 18.04) on a Mac with VMware Fusion

This post shows you how to create a Ubuntu virtual machine that runs on a Mac, giving you the ability to use Linux without needing extra hardware.

Useful photo step by step: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oMUz4dC7teMkEaif9

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VMware Fusion is a desktop virtualisation program that lets me run multiple different operating systems on main Mac at the same time. This is useful because I can test mine software.

It’s also good for creating virtual Labs to test the design of IT infrastructure, or to get hands-on experience with new technology when practicing for a certification.

In this post, I’ll use VMware Fusion to create a Ubuntu Server 18.04 VM so I can run Linux on mine Mac without needing extra hardware.

Before starting to Install I have to download Ubuntu Server  18.04.4 LTS.

Minimum system requirement for Ubuntu 18.04 Server

  • 2 GB RAM
  • 20 GB hard disk Space
  • Dual core Processor (2 GHZ)
  • Installer Media (USB / DVD)

I will install with this system requirement but I will try to change, make smaller, after totally installing it, depending on the project I use.

Step 1. Create the Ubuntu VM

Useful photo step by step: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oMUz4dC7teMkEaif9

  • Open VMware Fusion, click + then New… . Then select Create a custom virtual machine then click Continue.
  • Select Linux > Ubuntu 64-bit then click Continue.
  • Leave the firmware on Legacy BIOS then click Continue.
  • Select Create a new virtual disk then click Continue.
  • Click Customize Settings.

Give the virtual machine a name, for example ubuntu, select a location on your Mac to save its files, then click Save. After this I go to the next step.

  • The virtual machine Settings screen will load, and from here, I can change the virtual hardware before powering it on. But first thing I decide is to clicking on Processors & Memory and chose the minimum given value.

Verify ad discover that the amount of memory is to 2048 MB, chose 2 processors then click Show All to view all the settings again.

I also need to attach the Ubuntu ISO to the CD/DVD ROM drive so that when I power on the VM, the installer is loaded. I’ll do that now by clicking on CD/DVD (SATA).

  • Select Choose a disc or disc image… from the dropdown.
  • Browse to the location of the Ubuntu image located on your Mac, then click Open. Then… Tick the Connect CD/DVD Drive option so that the drive is connected to the VM at startup then close the Settings scr
  • Next click the play button to start the VM.
  • The Ubuntu Server installer should load and I’m now ready to install the operating system.

Step 2. Installing Ubuntu

I keep all that was already chased and I just go farther. I also install the OpenSSH server, so I can connect to the VM from the Mac terminal using SSH.

  • Continue without updating …
  • Done …
  • Done …
  • Done …
  • Done …
  • Use An Entire Disk …
  • Local disk 20 G
  • Done …
  • Continue …
  • Done …
  • Done …
  • Go full down …
  • Change upgrade and reboot …
  • I do not wait to make upgrade because I want to decide when to make upgrade. I go farther …
  • The final power-on screen …

Useful photo step by step: https://photos.app.goo.gl/oMUz4dC7teMkEaif9

Final thoughts

In this installation I learned some of the reasons why I might want to use virtualisation to run a Linux virtual machine on mine Mac. I used VMware Fusion to create a Ubuntu 18.04 VM.