VMWare Player

Last updated 1.25.2013 (Updated attached files & content to reflect Linux kernel 3.x)This is the documentation for setting up VMware Player 4.0.2 on non-CSIF computers; CSIF computers already have VMware Player installed.

Installing VMware Player 4.0.2

  • Requires root permission/administrative privileges
  1. Go to VMware Player’s product page and click on the Download button before following the steps outlined on the website for downloading and installing VMware Player 4.0.2
    • You will need a VMware account to download VMware Player; if you don’t have one, then you can create one for free
    • Make sure to download the correct architecture for your host OS
      • The download for Windows systems include both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures
      • On Linux systems, execute the command below, and if i686 appears, then download the 32-bit Linux version; if x86_64 appears, then download the 64-bit Linux version
        • $ uname -m
  2. Execute the downloaded file as root/administrator and follow the steps outlined in the install process to install VMware Player
    • For Linux systems, you must first make the file executable before running it by typing in the terminal “chmod 744 [full download path]” where [full download path] is the location, including the filename, of the downloaded file (e.g. “chmod 755 /tmp/VMware-Player-4.0.2-591240.i386.bundle“); you can also use a desktop file manager to make the file executable
    • On Linux, if you are only a general user, then you must use terminal to execute the file as root

Setting up VMware Player correctly in Linux

  • Requires root permission
  1. Download the file below this documentation titled vmwarefix.tar.gz if your Linux kernel is 2.x or vmwarefix3.tar.gz if your Linux kernel is 3.x.
    • To check whether your kernel version is 2.x or 3.x, run the following command and note the FIRST number
      • $ uname -r
  2. Execute the code below as root while making sure to change [download path] to the location where vmwarefix.tar.gz or vmwarefix3.tar.gz is stored
$ cd [download path]
$ tar xvf vmwarefix.tar.gz
$ cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
$ tar xvf vmnet.tar
$ patch -p1 < [download path]/vmware3.2.0.patch
$ mv vmnet.tar vmnet.original.tar.old
$ tar cvf vmnet.tar vmnet-only/
$ vmware-modconfig --console --install-all
$ vmplayer
  • If you get prompted to update VMware Player, or if you are taken to a screen where it stops the VMware services, and updates components of VMware Player, then you need to execute the code below before repeating step 2 again. This may happen after the Linux kernel is patched during a system update. Otherwise, accept the End User License Agreement by clicking the Accept button
    • Ignore any prompts to upgrade to VMware Workstation
$ cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
$ rm -rf vmnet-only/
$ rm -rf vmnet.tar
$ mv vmnet.original.tar.old vmnet.tar

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