Install Ubuntu 10.10 on VMware Player,Workstation with Working VMware Tools

Ubuntu 10.10 on VMwareInstalling and running Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat on VMware is easier than VirtualBox with current version of both products. After publishing a post recently about Ubuntu 10.10 on VirtualBox with little difficulties, I found installation on VMware is easy and straight forward. This post explains how to install Ubuntu 10.10 on VMware Player and install VMware tools successfully to get all additional features.

It’s worth to try new features on  Maverick Meerkat without disturbing your existing OS. Upgrading or installing in production environment is not recommended till final version available by October 2010. VMware Player is a free desktop virtualziation software which you can use to install Ubuntu 10.10 as a virtual machine.

Steps to install Ubuntu 10.10 on VMware Player 3.1.1

1) Download the Maverick Meerkat Linux ISO file from official site here. Make sure you have latest VMPlayer 3.1.1

2) Create a new virtual machine and browse the ISO file to CD ROM. It will detect OS and version automatically.

Ubuntu 10.10 on VMware

3) “Easy Install” is a cool feature which we can use to install Ubuntu 10.10 and VMware tools in unattended mode without user inputs. So fill up the user name and password in next screen which is important for further installation steps.

Ubuntu 10.10 on VMware player

4) Configure the virtual disk size and location of VMDK file. Enable ‘Accelerate 3D graphics’ under display to get better video performance.

Ubuntu 10.10 on VMware player

5) Start VM and be relaxed for some time. ‘Easy install’ will do the all steps automatically, restart and install VMware tools too.

Ubuntu 10.10 on VMware player 3.1

6) Successful installation of OS and VMware tools will return the login prompt for user name created during configuration.

Go to ‘Virtual Machine’ menu and select ‘Enter Unity’. If it works that it means VM tools installed correctly.

7) Here is the multiple screen resolution sizes on Ubuntu 10.10 which is running on VMware Player. Adjusting screen resolution size, drag and drop files between windows host and Ubuntu 10.10 guest and unity mode worked well after installation.

desktop virtualization software

Manual Method to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 10.10

By any chance you want to do it in manual method, specially after upgraded existing OS, then follow the steps.

1) Go to ‘Virtual Machine’ in menu and press ‘Install VMware Tools’ option. This will mount the ISO file to CD drive as ‘VMware Tools’.

2) Extract the tar.gz file to local folder.

3) Open terminal (  Application –> Accessories –> Terminal) and go to the extracted folder in above step.

4) Once you locate the vmware-install.pl script as shown below,

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sudo ./vmware-install.pl

Provide root password and restart VM after the completion.

Now, enjoy the additional features and wide screen resolutions in Ubuntu 10.10 on VMware Player or workstation.

Have any difficulties? Share it on comments area. If you think this post is useful, then please share with others.

Comments

    • says

      @Ata,
      How long the screen stuck?
      Its installing VMware tools and I can see the activity of virtual machine’s hard disk from your screenshot.
      Or one more reason,
      If you are not using latest VMware product, it will try to download VMware tools for Ubuntu 10.10 from their site. So, either its waiting for internet connection or you have slow connection.

    • says

      @nady,
      I don’t know what you mean by visual effects.
      Enable 3D support, increase the display memory and install the VMware tools or VirtualBox guest additions properly. This may enable what you are looking for.

      • mano says

        Hi Dinesh
        I am a new user of Ubuntu. Please tell me how to install ubuntu 10.10 in Windows.
        Mano France

  1. Mauricio says

    when i try installing it gets to the stage where it tries creating the file system and stops and wont get any further. do i need to make another partition?

  2. theExpendable says

    Hi,
    The vmware tools does seem to be working. Whenever I select VMware tools option from the menu “VM”, a dialogue box with following msg pops up:

    “VMware Tools installation cannot be started manually while Easy Install is in progress”

    I installed the ubuntu 10.10 by directly using a iso file. (i think easy install option).

    As I want to share a folder between my host OS (Win XP) and guest OS (Ubuntu 10.10),
    I think I need the VMware tools.

    Please help.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. theExpendable says

    sorry for the mistake earlier…

    Hi,
    The vmware tools does NOT seem to be working. Whenever I select VMware tools option from the menu “VM”, a dialogue box with following msg pops up:

    “VMware Tools installation cannot be started manually while Easy Install is in progress”

    I installed the ubuntu 10.10 by directly using a iso file. (i think easy install option).

    As I want to share a folder between my host OS (Win XP) and guest OS (Ubuntu 10.10),
    I think I need the VMware tools.

    Please help.

    Thanks in advance.

  4. Tlangzo says

    Hi

    I installed ubuntu 10.10 on vmware 3.1.1, after installation when i go to Virtual Machine->Install VMWare Tools… it doesn’t load the ISO image, instead it tries to download from the internet… can i manually do this, because the PC i’m using is not connected to the internet?

    Thanks in advanced

  5. eknath venkataramani says

    the last step: sudo ./*.pl requires the user to enter his own password not the root password!

  6. says

    Hi Dinesh,
    Thanks for the tutorial. can’t wait to try it out. hopefully it works. but will have to wait a long time for ubuntu and vmware to download as i have a very slow internet spped :( 384kbps

  7. Shyam says

    Its probably the first post i have made in 3 years, and that is because the post helped me much in to getting up to speed with Linux env!

    Thanks buddy.

  8. N says

    I had a problem with the VMWare Tools installation because my CD-ROM drive had a different CD in it. When I started the installation of VMWare Tools, it showed the icon on the desktop, but showed no contents. (Clicking on the properties showed me the other CD’s name). I ejected the other CD and tried again, and it worked.
    Wanted to share in case someone else has the same problem.

  9. anuj says

    Hi,
    Please tell me how can I exchange files between my Windows volume (say C drive) and the guest OS (ubuntu) filesystem. Can I mount my C drive on ubuntu running as a guest OS on VmWare Player ?

    • Eknath says

      you can run a samba/http/FTP server and use the IP address to access your folders. vmware also has an inbuilt capability to share folders just Google for it