Package Details: vmware-workstation 16.1.1-1

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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: 145
Popularity: 3.55
First Submitted: 2017-02-10 19:04
Last Updated: 2021-04-01 19:26

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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

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Synthead commented on 2017-02-14 16:40

Renamed vmware-workstation-server service to vmware-hostd. vmware-hostd does not start the vmware-usbarbitrator or vmware-networks services by itself anymore. This lets the user decide what specific VMware daemons to run instead of it being hard-coded as dependent services.

Synthead commented on 2017-02-14 16:18

Added systemd service files for vmware-networks.

Synthead commented on 2017-02-12 19:37

modprobe vmmon ;)

Seems like there should be a modules-load.d or something

Pival81 commented on 2017-02-12 18:45

when I start up my vm I get this error:

Could not open /dev/vmmon: File o directory non esistente.
Please make sure that the kernel module `vmmon' is loaded.

I'm on kernel 4.9.8 vanilla

Synthead commented on 2017-02-10 19:55

Added support for VMware's USB Arbitrator.

Synthead commented on 2017-02-10 19:15

Whew! That was an absolute pain to package. I needed this software for work and found that one didn't exist, so I did my gosh darndest to treat the community right and share my work. Installing blobs as root is bad, so here's a badly-needed package for this suite.

The goal of this effort was to get VMware workstation running with Packer. I likely overlooked other bits and pieces, so if this package doesn't work for you for whatever reason, gimme a shout and I'll work with you to update things.

Included are some hand-crafted, locally-sourced .service files for generating self-signed certs (the way VMware's System V init script does) and starting the VMware Workstation Server. This split-brain approach is the same way our OpenSSH .service file handles generating host keys.

In addition, this package leverages the excellent patches from the vmware-modules-dkms package to give you everything needed to handle compiling VMware's kernel modules via DKMS directly. Holy crap, I would have sunk way more time than I should have if it wasn't for these guys. Major props!