Introduction

VMware Player allows you to run entire operating systems in a virtual machine, which runs on top of Ubuntu or Windows. To the guest operating system (the one running inside the virtual machine), it appears as though it were running on its own PC. The host operating system runs the VMware Player, which provides the guest with things like network access. It can be downloaded for free from VMware.

Virtual machines configured with an operating system and applications ready to perform a specific function are called virtual appliances. An appliance can be created using certain VMware products, or you can download ready-made appliances. A wide variety of appliances (both certified and not) are available from VMware's Appliance Marketplace: http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/.

If you are a Windows (or other operating system) user looking for an official Ubuntu appliance to run, you will want to read only the last section.

If you are an Ubuntu user who wishes to install or use the VMware Player software, keep on reading.

Installing VMware Player

on Ubuntu 10.04 and above

  1. Install required packages build-essential and linux-headers:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
  2. Download the latest VMware player e.g. VMware-Player-5.0.2-1031769.i386.bundle (download the bundle version, not the rpm one) and run it as root using gksudo. You'll get a graphical installer that installs VMware player for you.

    gksudo bash ./Downloads/VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.i386.bundle

    Note: this assumes the location of your Downloads folder is home/Downloads. *If nothing appears, you may need to make the file executable. You can do so with this command:

    chmod +x ./Downloads/VMware-Player-3.1.4-385536.i386.bundle

    (again, with the assumption of your Downloads folder location). After completion, VMware player is installed and should show up in the menu under ApplicationsSystem ToolsVMware Player. As well, you may notice that when trying to create a new virtual machine, vmware will complain on the terminal output that:

    VMware Player is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured for your running kernel. To (re-)configure it, your system administrator must find and run "vmware-config.pl". For more information, please see the VMware Player documentation.
    vmware-config.pl is not present anymore in the latest vmware-player versions (seems to have been superseded by vmware-modconfig). If you have this problem you may instead need to check if you have a /etc/vmware/not_configured file and, if so, delete it.

Installing VMware Player on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

  1. Install required packages build-essential, linux-kernel-headers and linux-kernel-devel

    sudo aptitude install build-essential linux-kernel-headers linux-kernel-devel
  2. Download the latest VMware player e.g. VMware-Player-2.5.1-126130.i386.bundle (download the bundle version, not the rpm one) and run it as root using gksudo. You'll get a graphical installer that installs VMware player for you.

    gksudo bash ./VMware-Player-2.5.1-126130.i386.bundle

    If nothing appears, you may need to make the file executable. You can do so with this command:

    chmod +x ./VMware-Player-2.5.1-126130.i386.bundle

    After completion, VMware player is installed and should show up in the menu under ApplicationsSystem ToolsVMware Player.

Uninstalling VMware Player

Uninstalling on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS via GUI

  1. Run the following command to get to the graphical installer:

    gksudo bash ./VMware-Player-2.5.1-126130.i386.bundle

    The graphical installer will automatically uninstall VMware Player. NOTE: It doesn't look like this approach works on the newest version of VMware Player i.e. 3.0. I personally am not able to uninstall this latest version using this method but it does work on earlier versions. Great, I just found this working solution:

    sudo vmware-installer -u vmware-player
  2. When the uninstall process is finished, the graphical installer will present the option to re-install VMware Player. Just press the Cancel button to quit the graphical installer and the VMware Player uninstall process is done.

Manually uninstalling VMware Workstation from Linux hosts

  1. If you try uninstalling using half baked advice like I did you may be stuck but here is the really manual way of uninstalling. This article provides steps for manually removing VMware Workstation when the uninstaller script or RPM package fails to remove the product automatically. So, first Log on to the host as the root account to execute the Terminal commands in this article. If running Ubuntu, the root account is not available by default. Prepend all commands with sudo or switch to the root using the command:

    sudo su -

    Warning /!\ This command provides unrestricted access to the operating system. It is possible to cause damage to the system when using this access level. Open a command prompt. For more information, see Opening a command or shell prompt (1003892). Type the commands as indicated in the following steps.

  2. Shutdown all VMware applications and services.

    /etc/init.d/vmware stop
  3. Verify that all processes have stopped:

    lsmod | grep vm
    Note: A zero must be listed beside VMware related modules to indicate that they are no longer running.
  4. Move the VMware libraries to the /tmp directory:

    cd /lib/modules/<kernel_version>/misc
    mv vm* /tmp
    Note: If the kernel has ever been updated you must check and move the files from multiple paths. Substitute the kernel version where indicated above.
  5. Unload the kernel modules:

    rmmod vmnet.o
    rmmod vmmon.o
    rmmod vmci.o
    rmmod vmblock.o
    rmmod vmppuser.o
  6. Remove the VMware startup scripts. RedHat and Most Distributions:

    rm /etc/rc.d/init.d/rc2.d/*vmware
    rm /etc/rc.d/init.d/rc3.d/*vmware
    rm /etc/rc.d/init.d/rc5.d/*vmware
    rm /etc/rc.d/init.d/rc6.d/*vmware

    Ubuntu:

    rm /etc/rc2.d/*vmware
    rm /etc/rc3.d/*vmware
    rm /etc/rc5.d/*vmware
    rm /etc/rc6.d/*vmware
    Note: If you are using a different Linux distribution, substitute the correct path in above commands.
  7. Remove the remaining VMware files and directories:

    rm -rf /etc/vmware*
    rm /usr/bin/vmware*
    rm /usr/bin/vmnet*
    rm -r /usr/lib/vmware-installer
    rm -r /usr/lib/vmware-vix
    rm -r /usr/lib/vmware
    rm -r /usr/share/doc/vmware
  8. If an RPM package was used to install the VMware product, complete these steps to delete the RPM database entry:

    rpm -qa | grep VMware
    A list of VMware packages is presented. Copy the exact package name for the next step and paste it into the command where indicated.
  9. Remove the VMware packages:

    rpm --erase --nodeps <VMware_Package_Name>

Creating other images

  • To create your own blank images - perhaps with more RAM, or to install a different OS, visit http://www.easyvmx.com. Choose the OS you want to run, an amount of RAM, and save and unzip the resulting zip file provided by the website. Then pop the CD for the OS you'd like to install in your CD drive. You may also be interested a selection of images at http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/.

Improving Performance

  1. You can improve performance by using the VMware/Tools.

  2. Download the latest VMware Workstation for Linux from http://www.vmware.com/download/ws/ and extract the windows.iso file containing the VMware tools.

  3. Edit your .vmx file pointing the CD-ROM to the windows.iso, start the OS, and an automated setup will guide you inside windows.

Installing Ubuntu inside VMware Player on a non-Ubuntu OS

  • Have you been thinking about running Ubuntu, but are afraid to take the "plunge"? Fear not, for you can use Ubuntu without installing it and without even rebooting! You can either use a VMWare appliance, or use an install .iso file with the "Create a New Virtual Machine" option of VMware Player (at least, in version 3.0.0). Like any other VMware Player appliance, Ubuntu appliances are just a couple of files on your PC. All of your Ubuntu software will be contained within these files and not on your PC. It is possible to copy files to your PC or to save them to your PC from a program running under the appliance, but you must specifically do so. For more information on using a VMware appliance, please consult VMware's documentation at http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/player_pubs.html.

Downloading an Official Ubuntu "Appliance" to use Ubuntu as a virtual machine on a non-Ubuntu OS

  • Official Ubuntu VMware Player appliances are available for download. They are not very well documented in the download page, but are available on Ubuntu's ISV-Image server: http://isv-image.ubuntu.com/vmware/. The Ubuntu 8.04 appliance is available from VMware's appliance site. You will, of course, need to have VMware Player installed to run the appliance. Once you've downloaded the (compressed) Ubuntu appliances, unzip them using the unzip software of your choice, double-click and enjoy! Please note that, as mentioned above, all of the files you save under the Ubuntu appliance and not on your PC will be contained within the appliance and will go away if you delete the appliance!

Using an .iso file with the "Create a New Virtual Machine" option of VMWare Player

  • (This has only been tested with VMware Player 3.0.0, but probably works with other versions.) If you have an Ubuntu .iso file (the file that you use to make an Ubuntu install disk), you can make a new Ubuntu Virtual Machine with the free (in cost) VMware Player. When VMWare opens, just use the "Create a New Virtual Machine" option on the first screen. When VMware asks for the .iso file, browse to the .iso file you downloaded from the Ubuntu download page. VMware asks for some other information and then happily hums away installing the program. It's not entirely the same as installing Ubuntu from a CD, but it's free (in cost) and it works to get an Ubuntu VM on your windows machine! (I used an install option called "Easy Install". It let me type in full name, username, password, desired maximum hard-drive size, and then it automatically filled out the forms in the install process. I do not remember how I selected "Easy Install," perhaps it is the only choice for "Create a New Virtual Machine". But it prints "Easy Install is installing Ubuntu" on the bottom of the screen while it is working).

Enabling sharing between (Non-Ubuntu) host and (Ubuntu) guest OS

  • After following the instructions in VMWare to set up a new Shared folder, I needed to run:

    sudo vmware-config-tools.pl

    If you are having trouble getting it to work, try this. (In my case, it was necessary to run this to install the kernel module vmhgfs).
    Source: http://www.laotudou.com/vmware-player-share-folder.html.

Troubleshooting

  • If Ubuntu hangs when trying to suspend, try adding the following to /etc/pm/config.d/unload_modules:

    SUSPEND_MODULES="$SUSPEND_MODULES vboxdrv vboxnetflt vboxnetadp vboxpci "
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 After updating and installing security updates on raring ringtail, vmplayer launched the "vmware kernel module update" and hung there waiting. To fix this:
    sudo vmware-modconfig --console --install-all
    vmplayer will start normally after this fix.

* = really important

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VMware/Player (last edited 2013-09-05 20:19:20 by josephzoommaxwellbypass)