Category: VMware Workstation 11

VMware Workstation 11 – Boot from USB Drive

You may use the steps below to boot a virtual machine (VM) in VMware Workstation 11 from a USB drive.

  1. Select VM > Settings.
  2. Select the Options tab.
  3. Select the Advanced setting.
  4. Enable Boot with EFI instead of BIOS.
  5. Click OK.

VMware Workstation 11 – Accessing the BIOS

You may add the following line to the virtual machine’s configuration file (.vmx) to provide a (5) second delay from the initial post screen to enter the virtual machines BIOS settings.


bios.bootDelay = “5000”



VMware Workstation 11 – Virtual Machine Configuration

You may use the following method to configure a virtual machine (VM) in VMware Workstation 11.


1. On the Welcome to the New Virtual Machine Wizard page select Custom (advanced) then click Next >.

2. On the Choose the Virtual Machine Hadware Compatability page under the Hardware compatability: option select Workstation 11.0 then click Next >.

3. On the Guest Operating System Installation page select I will install the operating system later then click Next >.

4. On the Select a Guest Operating System page select the correct operating system then click Next >.

5. On the Name the Virtual Machine page enter a descriptive name for this virtual machine then click Next >.

6. On the Firmware Type page select BIOS then click Next >.

7. On the Processor Configuration page select the number of processors as well as the number of cores per processor then click Next >.

8. On the Memory for the Virtual Machine page configure the memory allocation for this virtual machine then click Next >.

9. On the Network Type page select the correct Network connection then click Next >.

10. On the Select I/O Controller Types select the controller type, if available, then click Next >.

11. On the Select a Disk Type page select the Virtual disk type then click Next >.

12. On the Select a Disk page select Create a new virtual disk then click Next >.

13. On the Specify Disk Capacity page configure the size of the hard disk and select the options to Allocate all disk space now  and Store virtual disk as a single file then click Next >.

14. On the Specify Disk File page click Next >.

15. On the Ready to Create Virtual Machine page review the configuration for the virtual machine then click Finish.