Friday, October 31, 2008

Installing VMware Player in Ubuntu

A while ago I posted how to install VMware player in Ubuntu 7.10. Today, I upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10 and needed to reinstall the latest VMware, version 2.5.

Things are now way easier, since VMware player is available as a bundle file. After you download the bundle file from VMware, then you can just run the following command in the terminal window:

sudo sh VMware-Player-2.5.0-118166.x86_64.bundle

It is pretty simple, eh? No need to extract the tar file and answer all those questions. Enjoy it!


Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot works fine ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot, works very well

Anonymous said...

Very thanks. I'm trying to install vmware for 3 months, I used RedHat, Mandriva, Ubuntu, DreamLinux and the instructions never work.

Now I using Ubuntu 8.10 and with your information I finally make this real.

David Schiano Di Cola said...

Thanx a lot ¡¡ it's so simple,
Vmware web site should provide this information.

Anonymous said...

Great Just what I needed

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the 'heads up'.
[retorical] Why is it so hard to find this info? [/retorical]

Now it's telling me that it can't work with KVM installed.

I'm sure this would be really helpful if there was some vague way of both discovering what KVM may be and how to get rid of it!

At lease I can get the installer to load! Thanks for that.

PS. when you write your SW please give the poor old (elderly anyway) user a couple of hints about getting it to work.

Anonymous said...

Small, sheepish, follow-up:

Yes! Google IS my friend. but once I discovered what KVM was I had to leap to make the connection that I should use Synaptic to remove it, rather than just dive-in and delete the files directly.

All working now, thanks again!

Anonymous said...

thank you man. it works real good!!!

kbro said...

Your original post mentioned that you wanted to run Vista appliances under VMWare Player on your laptop, and you were going to use VMWare Server on your desktop to create them. Could you please describe the creation and installation process. In particular, how do you get the virtual Vista machine to accept that it is licensed to run on the virtual hardware? Doesn't it have to go through Microsoft's activation process?

Luis Rocha said...


On my desktop machine, I create the virtual machine using VMware server. This means defining the operating system that it will contain, the type and size of the virtual disk, memory size, etc. This results in two files: .vmx which contains the configurations and the .vmdk, the virtual disk. So, at this state the VM is ready to install Windows Vista.

If you are planning to run this VM on a different computer, for example your laptop, then you can just move it there, and then install Windows Vista on the VM by using the VMWare Player. You only used VMware server to create the configuration and virtual disk, something you cannot do using VMware Player. However, you can use VMware Player to boot your VM with the Windows Vista installation media on the DVD drive, and then install Vista.

Alternatively, you could still install Vista while using your desktop + VMware server, but do not activate it. Microsoft gives you a grace period, a few days, to activate. Then, move the VM to the host machine you want and activate it there.

Beware that when moving an activated Windows Vista VM to a new host machine, will cause Windows Vista VM to ask you to re-activate it again due to significant hardware changes. Depending on your license, you might be able to activate it on two machines, your desktop and laptop for example. If you get the situation that you cannot activate it anymore, you can just call MS support and they will reset all previous activations.

I hope this helps.

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