Install Natty Narwhal Ubuntu 11.04 on VMware – Easy Install and VMware Tools

Install Natty Narwhal Ubuntu 11.04 on VMware

Have you tried the latest Linux OS Natty Narwhal Ubuntu 11.04?, its having some major changes from previous 10.10 version, but its still a beta. The final and full version to be released by April 2011. If you like to install and work with this new OS, then it’s advisable to install in any of  the desktop virtualization software such as VMware or VirtualBox without disturbing existing OS. This guide shows how to install Ubuntu 11.04 on VMware by easy install method with working VMware tools.

Its not recommended to update your current version or install in production use since it’s a beta version yet.

See Also,

Install Ubuntu 10.10 on VMware

Install Ubuntu 10.10 on VirtualBox

Installation Steps on Ubuntu 11.04 on VirtualBox

1) Download the correct Ubuntu 11.04 ISO version for your host computer processor type (32Bit or 64 Bit)

2) Create a new virtual machine and select the download ISO file here. VMware workstation 7 detects the correct OS version from ISO file which helps to do this installation in easy install method like an unattended install.

ubuntu11.04 with easy install in VMware

3) Provide the user name and password in next screen. These user credentials will be set as default user profile by easy install. Select the virtual machine location in next screen.

4) Installation will start, create and format the partitions automatically. Restart the virtual machine when prompts.

5) VMware tools will be installed with following screen.


You do not need to type any login or password here. Just wait for some time.

6) You will be able to land on Ubuntu 11.04 desktop after VMware tools installation.

The below screen shot shows the running Natty Narwhal Ubuntu 11.04 on VMware workstation with installed VMware Tools (Multiple screen resolution sizes) by easy install.

Install Natty Narwhal Ubuntu 11.04 on VMware

7) Network, Sound, Unity mode, full screen view work well in Ubuntu 11.04 Virtual Machine because of VMware Tools.

How to Install VMware Tools Manually in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)

By any chance VMware tools can not be installed by easy install and you need to install it manually, then follow the steps.

1) Select ‘Install VMware Tools’ option in ‘VM’ menu of VMware workstation or VMPlayer. This will mount the built in VMware tools for Linux ISO file.

2) Extract the VMwareTools-8.4.3….tar.gz file to a folder (Right Click and select Extract to). In this example I’m extracting to a folder called ‘vmware tools’ in ‘Desktop’ folder.

desktop virtualization software

3) After the extraction, open terminal. (Start –> Accessories –> Terminal).  Go to the extracted folder by change directory (cd) command.

desktop virtualization software

4) Now type,

sudo ./

This will prompt for password, provide your password here. (Since you have root access, your password works here too)

You may have to type ‘yes’ or just press ENTER key for default values. Successful VMware tools installation will appear at the end and prompting for restart.

5) Restart the Ubuntu 11.04 guest virtual machine and enjoy the additional features by VMware tools.

I will be writing about setting up VMware shared folders in Ubuntu 11.04 guest in VMware workstation and VMPlayer in future.

Stay tuned with Sysprobs.

If you face any difficulties with above two methods, feel free to drop in comments area below.

Have Fun

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

19 thoughts on “Install Natty Narwhal Ubuntu 11.04 on VMware – Easy Install and VMware Tools”

  1. Hi! I followed your guide… VMWare Tools correctly installed, 3D Acceleration up&running but no Unity mode… Unity works only if I install Unity 2D. Can you help me? Thanx

  2. The drag and drop isn’t working properly. I can get things out of the VM, but the add things inside, it is not allowed…. any suggestions?

  3. Ubuntu 11.04 GUI is not loading!!! it says

    “ubuntu tty1”
    “ubuntu login:”

    what should I do to get the GUI run??

  4. I’ve been searching for a solution to the sharing issue for hours to no avail.

    I’m running OS 10.7 for the host and Ubuntu 11.04 as a guest OS via VMware Fusion.

    I’ve installed VMware tools and followed the steps for sharing folders but when I go to /mnt/hgfs/ there is nothing there. In fact, I get “No such file or directory.”

    The forums on VMware’s website seem to indicate that this problem was corrected with the newest version of Fusion, but I’m not convinced.

    If there is no way to remedy this situation, does anyone know of another way to share between host and guest OS?

    Thanks in advance

  5. I tried to install Ubuntu 11.10 on VM workstation 8.0.1. and stuck at step 5 – Install VMWare Tools. I wait for about 3 mins then started logging in and then wait … nothing happens.

    As i read somewhere, version 8.0.1 fully supports Ubuntu 11.10. Does it need to download any update for the VMWare Tools before installing it ?

    I also tried Cancel VMWare Tools Installation to manually install it later but my Ubuntu doesn’t continue to start up.

    Could you please help ?

  6. Sorry, this should have been in my previous post. As the VMWare Tools is not installed, each time i restart the VM, I stuck at step 5.

    Is there a way to manually install VMWare Tools at that point ? There is no GUI as it’s shown in your steps of manually install the VMWare Tools.

    Also, is it required to have the tool installed so Ubuntu can run ? Can I bypass this step ?

    many thanks

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