How to Install VMware Workstation 16 Pro on Fedora 35 / Fedora 34

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VMware Workstation is well-known virtualization software that allows users to run multiple x86 and x86-64 virtual machines simultaneously in a single machine.

Each virtual machine owns an isolated operating system environment, including Windows, Linux, BSD variants, and uses a small portion of your system processor and memory.

Here, we will see how to install VMware Workstation Pro 16 on Fedora 35 / Fedora 34.

Prerequisites

First, update all the packages on your system.

sudo dnf update -y

Then, install the required packages for VMware Workstation installation.

sudo dnf install -y kernel-devel-$(uname -r) kernel-headers

And then reboot the system.

sudo reboot

Install VMware Workstation Pro on Fedora 35

First, download VMware Workstation Pro using the web browser. Then, go to the Downloads directory and make the VMware installer executable.

cd ~/Downloads

sudo chmod 700 VMware-Workstation-Full-*.bundle

Next, execute the VMware Workstation Pro installer using the below command.

sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-*.bundle

The installer will start extracting files and then install the VMware Workstation.

Output:

Extracting VMware Installer...done.
Installing VMware Workstation 16.2.1
    Configuring...
[######################################################################] 100%
Installation was successful.

Sign VMware Modules (UEFI Systems)

On EFI secure boot systems, you need to sign VMware modules (vmmon and vmnet) before loading them in the kernel. So, to sign the modules, you will need to have a machine owner key that is trusted by EFI firmware.

First, generate the MOK (Machine Owner Key).

sudo dnf install -y openssl

sudo mkdir -p /misc/sign-vmware-modules

sudo chmod 777 /misc/sign-vmware-modules

cd /misc/sign-vmware-modules

openssl req -new -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout MOK.priv -outform DER -out MOK.der -nodes -days 36500 -subj "/CN=MSI/"

chmod 600 MOK.priv

Then, import the generated key to the system. This command will prompt you to set the password, which you will later while enrolling the key.

sudo mokutil --import MOK.der

Create a script  /misc/sign-vmware-modules/signingscript to sign all the VMware modules using the generated MOK key.

#!/bin/bash

for modfile in $(modinfo -n vmmon vmnet); do
  echo "Signing $modfile"
  /usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r)/scripts/sign-file sha256 \
                                /misc/sign-vmware-modules/MOK.priv \
                                /misc/sign-vmware-modules/MOK.der "$modfile"
done

Then, change the ownership of the script and run it. You can run this script whenever you update the system.

chmod 700 /misc/sign-vmware-modules/signingscript

sudo /misc/sign-vmware-modules/signingscript

Reboot the system and then press any key to start the MOK management utility

1. Choose Enroll MOK

2. Choose View Key 0 to check the Machine Owner Key. If the key is OK, press enter and then select Continue

3. Choose Yes to enroll the key(s) and then enter the password you supplied during the import

4. Finally, choose Reboot to reboot the system

Launch VMware Workstation Pro

You can start the VMware Workstation by going to Activities >> Search for VMware Workstation or using the vmware command.

1. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next on VMware Workstation – End User License Agreement.

2. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next on VMware OVF Tool component for Linux – End User License Agreement.

3. Choose whether VMware can check for product updates on startup and click Next.

4. Decide whether to join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) or not and click Next.

5. Enter the license key in the box below I have a license key for VMware Workstation, or try VMware Workstation 16 for 30 days. Click Finish to proceed.

6. You may need to enter a password for your account to complete the setup.

You will now get the home of VMware Workstation Pro. Here you can create and manage Virtual Machines.

VMware Workstation Pro Running on Fedora 35
VMware Workstation Pro Running on Fedora 35

Conclusion

That’s All. I hope you have learned how to install VMware Workstation Pro 16 on Fedora 35 / Fedora 34.

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