Advancement in technology has brought a lot of changes to our modern world. Therefore, Vmware is a popular technology that offers virtualization tools to allow users to run and test multiple operating systems at a go. The slogan for VMware is,’ Bringing clouds back to earth’.Vmware has achieved its purpose since you can install VMware applications on a computer machine(host) and create virtual machines inside the Virtualization software. Additionally, the created virtual machines can have different and multiple operating systems(Guest OS). In Vmware, there are two virtualization applications known as VMware Workstation Pro and VMware Workstation Player. in this guide, we will go through the installation and usage of the two Vmware virtualization tools.

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Player is free virtualization software that allows one to install a guest operating system as a virtual machine on a computer. VMware Player can be installed on top of operating systems such as Windows and Linux. It is a simple-to-use software that does not require a license when it is meant for non-commercial, personal, or home use. However, you can pay for a commercial license and run restricted virtual machines. If you want to gain more details on virtualization, VMware player is the tool to use.

Features of VMware Player

  • Free: Vmware player is a free variant of VMware virtualization applications.
  • DHCP server: It offers a built-in DHCP server.
  • Virtual machine isolation: You can isolate the host from the guest operating system.
  • Copy and Paste: With a VMware player, you can copy and paste text and files from the host PC to the virtual machine.
  • Memory: The created virtual machine memory can be optimized to perform better.
  • Drag and Drop: VMware player allows you to drag files from host to virtual machine.
  • It supports USB 3.0.

VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro assists in creating virtual machines that encapsulate an operating system together with its application. In simpler terms, it allows you to install multiple operating systems simultaneously on the same host machine. Also, VMWare Workstation Pro is the paid version of VMware Player with additional features.

Features of VMWare Workstation Pro

  • Multiple virtual machines: You can run more than one virtual machine on a single system without failure.
  • Cross-platform: It can be installed on different operating systems including Windows, and Linux.
  • Allow creation of multiple snapshots and clones.
  • User friendly: It has a rich user experience.
  • Enables access to vSphere. 
  • High performance.

Installing VMWare Workstation Player /Pro on Solus

Before you start installing either VMware Workstation Player or VMWare workstation Pro, update the Solus repositories.

sudo eopkg upgrade

Then install Solus developments tools using the command below.

sudo eopkg it -c system.devel

Note that you can check the kernel type if you enter this command on your Solus terminal before you install kernel headers

uname -r

install Linux kernel headers, depending on the kernel type of your system. For Lts kernel use this command.

sudo eopkg it linux-current linux-current-headers linux-headers

Then, for the Current kernel, use the following command in your Solus terminal.

sudo eopkg it linux-lts linux-lts-headers linux-headers

Installing Vmware Workstation Player on Solus

To install VMware Player on Solus, download its file from the VMWare official website. Alternatively, you can download the same VMWare package from the terminal using the wget command.

wget https://download3.vmware.com/software/player/file/VMware-Player-Full-16.2.1-18811642.x86_64.bundle

Make the Vmware player file executable.

chmod +x VMware-Player-Full-16.2.1-18811642.x86_64.bundle

Now install VMware player on Solus using this command.

sudo ./VMware-Player-Full-16.2.1-18811642.x86_64.bundle

Results:

$ sudo ./VMware-Player-Full-16.2.1-18811642.x86_64.bundle
Extracting VMware Installer...done.
Installing VMware VMX 16.2.1
    Configuring...No rc*.d style init script directories were given to the installer.#######################################                           ]  61%
You must manually add the necessary links to ensure that the vmware
service at /etc/init.d/vmware is automatically started and stopped on
Installing VMware Player 16.2.1
    Configuring...
[######################################################################] 100%
Installation was successful.

Launch VMware workstation player from the terminal.

vmplayer

Immediately after opening it, agree to the terms and conditions.

Then enable or disable checking updates for the VMWare workstation player on Solus.

Choose whether you would like to share user data to improve the user experience on the Vmware player.

In the Next step, you will be asked whether you want to use Vmware Player Workstation for free or for commercial use. Then click on the Finish button.

The Vmware workstation player interface will open as shown below. You can now create and use virtual machines.

Installing Vmware Workstation Pro on Solus

Install VMWare Workstation pro on Solus by first downloading it from the VMWare official website. Alternatively, you can simply download the same VMware Workstation pro from your Solus Terminal using the below command.

wget https://download3.vmware.com/software/wkst/file/VMware-Workstation-Full-16.2.1-18811642.x86_64.bundle

Use the following command to make the file executable.

chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-16.2.1-18811642.x86_64.bundle

Install VMware workstation pro on Solus following this command:

sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-16.2.1-18811642.x86_64.bundle

Results:

$ sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-16.2.1-18811642.x86_64.bundle
Extracting VMware Installer...done.
Installing VMware VMX 16.2.1
    Configuring...No rc*.d style init script directories were given to the installer.################################                                  ]  51%
You must manually add the necessary links to ensure that the vmware
service at /etc/init.d/vmware is automatically started and stopped on
Installing VMware Workstation 16.2.1
    Configuring...
[######################################################################] 100%
Installation was successful.

Launch Vmware Workstation pro from the terminal.

vmware

Once you have launched Vmware workstation pro, agree on the terms and conditions from the window that will appear.

Select whether you would like to check for updates on startup, then click on Next.

Since VMware workstation pro is a paid version of Vmware, enter the license key given after buying it. Otherwise, use the free trial version which will expire after 30 days. Then click on Finish.

The Vmware workstation pro home page will open up as shown below. Feel free to create, use and manage virtual machines from Vmware workstation Pro.

 Using VMWare Player / Workstation Pro on Solus Linux

After installing the VMware workstation player or Pro, you can choose the one you want to use to manage your virtual machines. I will use the Vmware workstation Player to create and use a virtual machine. To open it, go to Activities>Applications on the Solus system and search for the Vmware virtualization tool you want to use. Then click on it to open.

Once the Vmware workstation player/Pro has opened, click on Create a new virtual machine.

To create a new virtual machine, first, download a file for the operating system you want to use. For instance, I will download the ISO file for Ubuntu 18.04.

From the window that will open after clicking on create a virtual machine, upload the ISO file.

From your Solus system, choose the ISO file you downloaded and click on Open.

Then click on Next to proceed.

On the Next Window, provide information such as the name you want for the computer and password.

Also, provide the name you want to use on your Virtual machine.

In the next step, allocate a disk size for your virtual machine.

In the Next window, you will be provided with a summary of the settings for your virtual machine. Click on FINISH.

Once you have clicked on the Finish button, the virtual machine will start running.

As for Ubuntu 18.04, it will open up as shown below.

The installation of the Ubuntu operating system will take place automatically.

After successful installation, Ubuntu will ask you to sign in using the personal information you provided while creating a new virtual machine.

You can start using your operating system from the Vmware Workstation player/Pro.

Installing Vmware Tools

After you have added an operating system to the new virtual machine in Vmware Workstation Player/Pro, install Vmware tools. To install them, open the Terminal and run the below commands. Start by updating the system. For Ubuntu, I will use the following command:

sudo apt update

Then install the Vmware tools on Ubuntu after updating the system.

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

The installation will take place successfully after running the above command.

Now you will be able to copy-paste or share files between host and guest operating systems.

Conclusion

Vmware workstation Player/Pro is an excellent tool to use when you want more than one operating system on your machine without altering the host computer hardware. Thus, this guide has taken you through the installation and usage of Vmware Player and VMware workstation Pro on Solus. Go ahead and enjoy using these virtualization tools. In case you have a question, leave a comment.

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