I am now running the new Beta of VMWare Workstation 6 , and it seems to be working fine in Vista x64 (RTM incase you are curious). The installation of Ubuntu which I am also running natively at home is supported as one of the OS’s in this new version of VMWare and installs without a hitch. However to install VMWare tools after VMWare automatically mounted that was a little more of an issue (especially for a newbie).

Since the two options are either a RPM file  or a TAR file (nothing but a zip file) - those are no good for Ubuntu. Essentially you had to “unzip” the tar file and then install that. If you want to do this here are the steps (after the CD has been auto-mounted for you).

  1. Open a Console
  • In Ubuntu, to do this goto Applications => Accessories => Terminal.
  1. Type in the following two commands in the console as one after the other. This essentially sets up the tools needed to compile the code.
  • sudo apt-get install build-essential
  • sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
  1. Change to the directory where you extracted the tar file.
  2. Type in the following command to get this running.
  • sudo ./vmware-install.pl
  1. Just follow the prompts then and voila you are all set.

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