Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I add Shared Folders?

The easiest way is to do is is using the graphical user interface of your VMware product to do this.

If for some reason this is not possible, you can edit the configuration file of the virtual machine (the .vmx file) in a text editor and add the following lines at the bottom of the file to add some random shared folders and enable the drag-and-drop feature:

isolation.tools.dnd.disable = "FALSE"
isolation.tools.copy.enable = "TRUE"
isolation.tools.paste.enable = "TRUE"

sharedFolder.maxNum = "2"

sharedFolder0.present = "TRUE"
sharedFolder0.enabled = "TRUE"
sharedFolder0.readAccess = "TRUE"
sharedFolder0.writeAccess = "FALSE"
sharedFolder0.hostPath = "C:\"
sharedFolder0.guestName = "C"
sharedFolder0.expiration = "never"

sharedFolder1.present = "TRUE"
sharedFolder1.enabled = "FALSE"
sharedFolder1.readAccess = "TRUE"
sharedFolder1.writeAccess = "FALSE"
sharedFolder1.hostPath = "/"
sharedFolder1.guestName = "/"
sharedFolder1.expiration = "never"

You can add more or less shares, but don't forget to change the sharedFolder.maxNum value accordingly. Don't worry about the locations of the shared folders, they can be changed with your VMware software.

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How can I install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 10.04?

VMware Tools are fully compatible with Ubuntu 10.04. Before you continue, make sure that you are using the latest version of your VMware software product. If this is not the case, upgrade to the latest version, because you need the newest version of VMware Tools.

First attach the ISO image containing VMware Tools to the virtual machine. Then open a terminal window and execute the following commands:

sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
cp /media/cdrom/VMware*.tar.gz /tmp
sudo umount /media/cdrom
cd /tmp
tar xzvf VMware*.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib/
sudo ./vmware-install.pl

When the installation scripts promps for answers, just hit Enter since defaults are OK.

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How can I install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 8.04?

VMware Tools are not fully compatible with VMware 8.04. To get them working, you can patch them with OpenVM tools. Below is described how to do this automatically.

Open a terminal window and execute the following commands:

wget http://chrysaor.info/scripts/ubuntu804vmtools.sh
chmod +x ubuntu804vmtools.sh

Now run the script that makes VMware Tools compatible with Ubuntu 8.04 (Warning: it will download some large files):

sudo ./ubuntu804vmtools.sh

When the script promps for answers, just hit Enter as defaults are OK. If you're using VMware Fusion, Server or Workstation, reboot the virtual machine and you are done.

If you are using VMware Player and need Shared Folder support, read on here.

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How can I install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 8.10?

To install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 8.10, you can download and run a script from Chrysaor.info that installs the VMware Tools automatically. Below is described how to do this.

Open a terminal window and execute the following commands:

wget http://chrysaor.info/scripts/ubuntu810vmtools.sh
chmod +x ubuntu810vmtools.sh

Now run the script that installs VMware Tools (Warning: it will download a large file):

sudo ./ubuntu810vmtools.sh

When the script promps for answers, just hit Enter as defaults are OK. If you're using VMware Fusion, Server or Workstation, reboot the virtual machine and you are done.

If you are using VMware Player and need Shared Folder support, read on here.

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How can I install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 9.04?

To install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 9.04, you can download and run a script from Chrysaor.info that installs the VMware Tools automatically. Below is described how to do this.

Open a terminal window and execute the following command to download the script:

wget http://chrysaor.info/scripts/ubuntu904vmtools.sh

Now run the script that installs VMware Tools (Warning: it will download some files):

sudo bash ./ubuntu904vmtools.sh

When the script promps for answers, just hit Enter as defaults are OK. If you're using VMware Fusion, Server or Workstation, reboot the virtual machine and you are done.

If you are using VMware Player and need Shared Folder support, read onhere.

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How can I install VMware Tools in Ubuntu 9.10?

VMware Tools are fully compatible with Ubuntu 9.10. Before you continue, make sure that you are using the latest version of your VMware software product. If this is not the case, upgrade to the latest version, because you need the newest version of VMware Tools.

First attach the ISO image containing VMware Tools to the virtual machine. Then open a terminal window and execute the following commands:

sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
cp /media/cdrom/VMware*.tar.gz /tmp
sudo umount /media/cdrom
cd /tmp
tar xzvf VMware*.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib/
sudo ./vmware-install.pl

When the installation scripts promps for answers, just hit Enter since defaults are OK.

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I can't login using the password you provide!

First of all, make sure the password you use is correct. At the page listing the image you are using, click the link for more information about the image. The login credentials are listed there. Then type the password in the user name field to verify whether the system types what you think it does. If the password that appears in the user name field differs from what you typed, your keyboard layout is not the same as the one set in the image. This means you'll have to find the right keys to type the password correctly. Once you succeed logging in, be sure to change the keyboard layout of the image and make it match the layout of your keyboard.

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I can't run the image!

Probably it was created with a newer version of VMware then your VMware software. Upgrade your VMware software or convert the image using VMware converter in order to run it.

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I downloaded the image, now what?

The image is compressed, so first you have to extract it. If you don't know how to do this, please check this page if the extension of the file is .rar or this page if the extension of the file is .7z. For a list of tools you can use to extract various compressed files, check this page.

Now you need some VMware software to load the image. If you don't have it yet, get it:

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I tried to download an image, but I get a .torrent file. Now what?

It's a file you can use with a Bittorrent client, but apparently you're new to that. Have a look here for a beginners guide. A good BitTorrent client is uTorrent.

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Networking is broken!

If you experience problems with networking in a Debian or Ubuntu VMware image, execute the following commands in a terminal:

sudo rm /etc/udev/rules.d/*_persistent-net.rules
sudo rm /etc/udev/rules.d/*_persistent-net-generator.rules

After removing the files mentioned above, reboot and make sure that the VMware image has a working network connection and a valid IP address (run 'sudo dhclient' to get a DHCP lease).

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VMware Tools stopped working, how do I get them working again?

If VMware Tools stopped working, you probably did a kernel upgrade. This makes the tools stop working most times. To get them working again, you have to reconfigure them. Open a terminal window and execute the following command:

sudo vmware-config-tools.pl -d

Then reboot to make the changes active.

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What login credentials should I use?

At the page listing the image you need credentials for, click the link for more information about the image. The login credentials are listed there.

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What's the root password?

At the page listing the image you need the root password for, click the link for more information about the image. If it states that the password is not set, it is not possible to login as root. This is generally not a problem, as you can execute commands as root by typing "sudo" before them and providing your own password when the system asks for it. If you need to enable the root account for some reason you can set its password by typing "sudo passwd root" in a terminal. More information about the sudo command can be found here.

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