Package Details: vmware-workstation 15.5.2-1

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Package Base: vmware-workstation
Description: The industry standard for running multiple operating systems as virtual machines on a single Linux PC.
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Keywords: dkms ovftool player vmplayer vmware workstation
Licenses: custom
Conflicts: vmware-modules-dkms, vmware-ovftool, vmware-patch, vmware-systemd-services
Provides: vmware-ovftool
Submitter: Synthead
Maintainer: jihem
Last Packager: jihem
Votes: 116
Popularity: 4.13
First Submitted: 2017-02-10 19:04
Last Updated: 2020-03-14 18:56

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jihem commented on 2020-02-10 17:29

After the first installation, please:

1) install the appropriate headers package(s) for your installed kernel(s): linux-headers for default kernel, linux-lts-headers for LTS kernel...

2) reboot or load vmw_vmci and vmmon kernel modules (modprobe -a vmw_vmci vmmon)

3) Enable the services you need:

  • vmware-networks.service: to have network access inside VMs

  • vmware-usbarbitrator.service: to connect USB devices inside VMs

  • vmware-hostd.service: to share VMs on the network

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CaskAle13c commented on 2020-05-28 21:19

@jihem, Have you, by any chance, tried out your package build on the Workstation Pro 20H2 Tech Preview?

jihem commented on 2020-05-09 10:02

sizzen: After the first installation of this package, you should never have to manually load the vmmon module because it is already loaded at startup (see /usr/lib/modules-load.d/vmware.conf). So, after a kernel update and before reboot, the module compiled for the running kernel is already loaded (no need to load it again) and during the reboot the module compiled for the new kernel version is loaded (no need to load it too).

sizzen commented on 2020-05-08 07:15

5.6.11-arch1-1 modprobe: WARNING: Module vmmon not found in directory /lib/modules/5.6.11-arch1-1

When I load the kernel modules after a system update vmnom does exist. Do I need to install the new package everytime there is a kernel update or is there another way around this?

xanadu73 commented on 2020-05-03 13:15

jihem: I'll look into that, thank you.

jihem commented on 2020-05-03 10:18

xanadu73: I never add this problem, on this package or any other using DKMS. I think something is broken in your installation. Do you use a package (like kernel-modules-hook) that change the behaviour of DKMS or kernel modules management? It could be the reason. Or maybe some previous modules was not uninstalled correctly. Check with dkms status if you only have the modules related to your current kernels installed.

xanadu73 commented on 2020-05-02 14:41

Sometimes things get confused and for some reason DKMS fails to complie modules after kernel update. A workaround is to remove vmware-workstation (without touching anything else related to it) reboot and install it again. Your settings won't be lost.

Tx3hc78 commented on 2020-03-20 14:21

@jihem: my mistake, I didn't reboot before loading modules.

majed17 commented on 2020-03-19 06:06

Peace, so would you say, if the day were 39 hours, then you would have enough time to help? the answer is: i just do not desire to spend that much time ...

jihem commented on 2020-03-18 17:57

For people with the DKMS problem: I don't have any idea what can explain this problem. It seems that your PATH is removed somewhere during the installation. Can you try to install another package using DKMS (for example virtualbox-host-dkms) to see if the problem still exists? If yes you should ask some help on Arch forum, else tell me and I will try to investigate why this problem appears only on my package.

@Tx3hc78: did you install the linux-headers package (version 5.5.9.arch1-2)? If yes, do you have the DKMS problem talked in the previous comments?

@dmshimself: as someone said in a previous comment, you can start workstation a first time and ask a trial license. After that when you start vmplayer it won't ask you for a license key, even after the trial time expires. (Note: I didn't test that trick myself.)

@aizomul: I think sudo is only needed to activate a license key. If you use the trick explained in the previous paragraph (and use sudo when you start workstation for asking a trial), you shouldn't need to use sudo when starting vmplayer after that.

@nguyenl95: no problem for me. Maybe you have a different network configuration between Chrome and curl (for example the use of a proxy).

For everybody: sorry for the late answers, but I really don't have a lot of time to help you.

dmshimself commented on 2020-03-18 02:20

I've run up vmplayer and I'm asked for a licnese key for workstation. I've run vmplayer directly and it does the same. Is there a way to just use vmplayer as I don't need the ful features of workstation?