How to Install Ubuntu VMware Guest Machines

There has been a lot of talk about upcoming Ubuntu switching back to GNOME Desktop so I decided to download and install the daily build of Ubuntu 17.10. Ubuntu 17.10 is next in line to be released this year.

One thing that’s obvious in 17.10 is the re-introduction of GNOME Desktop. You won’t find Ubuntu Unity in 17.10. It has been replaced with GNOME, the most popular desktop environment on Linux systems.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users what they must do after installing Ubuntu guest machines on VMware Workstation.

It has always been a challenge for new users or students to figure out a simple way to properly integrate VMware Guest OS and the Host machine.

To seamlessly integrate the VMware guest machine and the host, one must install the guest tools that come with the host software.

On Windows systems, installing it is easy. Simply insert the virtual CD Image of the guest tool by going to VM –> Install VMware Tools on VMware Workstation. Windows guest machine will automatically launch the installer and begin installing.

On Ubuntu and Linux systems, this process is not simple as that. First, there’s no automatic installer for Linux machines.

Now there’s an alternative way to get Linux guest machines and the host fully integrated, and it’s as simple. A better way to get VMware guest machine functioning properly is by installing the Open VM Tools.

Installing Open-VM-Tool is now the default method for Linux guest machines, including Ubuntu. To get the tools installed, continue below:

After installing Ubuntu guest machine on VMware Workstation, simply run the commands below to update the machine and install the open source guest tools.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get autoremove

Restart the virtual machine. After logging back in, run the commands below to install the guest tools.

sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop

That’s it! After installing the tools, reboot the guest machine and it should begin functioning normally.


This post shows students and new users how to easily install the open source virtual machine tools on VMware Ubuntu guest machine. This is an alternative to the guest tools that come with VMware Workstation Host software.


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One Reply to “How to Install Ubuntu VMware Guest Machines”

  1. If vmplayer workstation does not start on Ubuntu 17.10, try running the following command first:
    sudo vmware-modconfig –console –install-all

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