How To Install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 / 17.10 & Ubuntu 16.04

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VMware Workstation is a virtualization software suite for x86 and x86-64 computers, from VMware. It allows users to run multiple x86 and x86-64 virtual machines (VMs) simultaneously in a single machine.

Each virtual machine instance can execute its guest operating system, including Windows, Linux, BSD variants, and others. In simple terms, VMware Workstation allows one physical machine to run multiple guest operating systems simultaneously.

Here, we will install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10 and Ubuntu 16.04.

Step 1: Download VMware Workstation Pro

Download the latest version of VMware Workstation Pro (v14) using the web browser.

Download VMware Workstation 14.1.2

Step 2: Install VMware Workstation Pro

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).

Update the repository index.

sudo apt update

Install the libraries and compilers for VMware installation.

sudo apt install -y gcc build-essential libaio1

Go to the Downloads directory and make the file as executable.

cd ~/Downloads
sudo chmod 755 VMware-Workstation-Full-*.bundle

Execute VMware Workstation Pro installer using the below command.

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

The installer will start extracting files for the installation, and it might take some time.

You must select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next on VMware Workstation – End User License Agreement.

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - End User License Agreement
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – End User License Agreement

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

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - OVF Tools End User License Agreement
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – OVF Tools End User License Agreement

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

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Check Updates
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Check Updates

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

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - CEIP
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – CEIP

Enter the user that will initially connect to workstation server (Leave the default user) and click Next.

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - User
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – User

Choose a directory for your shared virtual machine (Leave the default) and click Next.

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Directory for shared VMs
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Directory for shared VMs

Now, Enter the port number to use for https access to workstation server (Leave the default) and click Next.

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Port for VMware Workstation Server
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Port for VMware Workstation Server

Enter license key (optional) and click Next.

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Enter License Key
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Enter License Key

Click Install to begin the installation.

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Ready to Install
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Ready to Install

Sit back and relax. VMware Workstation Pro installation may take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - VMware Workstation Pro Installation is in progress
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – VMware Workstation Pro Installation is in progress

Click Close button to finish the installation.

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - VMware Workstation Pro Installed
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – VMware Workstation Pro Installed

Step 3: Access VMware Workstation Pro

Start the VMware Workstation.

Ubuntu 18.04 / 17.10: Activities >> Search for VMware Workstation.

Install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Start VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 18.04
Install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Start VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 18.04

Ubuntu 16.04: Dash >> Search for VMware Workstation.

OR

vmware

Since I don’t have a license key for VMware workstation, I chose to try VMware Workstation 14 for 30 days. Click OK to proceed.

Install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Enter License Key or Try VMware Workstation Pro
Install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Enter License Key or Try VMware Workstation Pro

You would need to input your password to proceed upon clicking OK.

You should see the home screen of the VMware Workstation. Here you can manage the Virtual Machines.

Install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - VMware Workstation Pro Home
Install VMware Workstation Pro 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – VMware Workstation Pro Home

Step 4: Post Tasks

You may get the below error when you power on a virtual machine on the system that boots from UEFI with secure boot enabled.

Cannot open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory. Please make sure that the kernel module `vmmon’ is loaded

The system with secure boot enabled will not allow loading of any unsigned drivers. Due to this vmmon module is not loaded in the system and thus getting above error.

To resolve the issue,

First, sign the kernel module shown like in the below link (run all commands with sudo).

READ: How to sign vmmon kernel module for UEFI system with Secure boot enabled

Second, complete the enrollment from the UEFI console shown like in the below link (follow screenshots only).

READ: How to Enroll the key in UEFI console

Screenshot of CentOS 7 running on VMware Workstation Pro 14 in Ubuntu 18.04:

Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 - CentOS 7 VM running on VMware Workstation Pro
Install VMware Workstation 14 on Ubuntu 18.04 – CentOS 7 VM running on VMware Workstation Pro

That’s All. You have successfully installed VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 18.04.

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