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Last updated 4.16.2013 (Created)

This is the documentation for setting up VMware on non-CSIF computers; CSIF computers already have VMware Player installed.

Licenses for VMware Fusion (for Macintosh)

Some select Computer Science courses may require the use of VMware. Some VMware licenses may be available for these courses. Please consult this link for further information on obtaining these licenses.

VMware Player (free; for Linux and Windows)

  • Requires root permission/administrative privileges
  1. Go to VMware Player's product page and click on the Download button before following the steps outlined on the website for downloading and installing the latest VMware Player
    • Make sure to download the correct architecture for your host OS
      • The download for Windows systems include both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures
      • On Linux systems, execute the command below, and if i686 appears, then download the 32-bit Linux version; if x86_64 appears, then download the 64-bit Linux version
        • $ uname -m
  2. Execute the downloaded file as root/administrator and follow the steps outlined in the install process to install VMware Player
    • For Linux systems, you must first make the file executable before running it by typing in the terminal "chmod 744 [full download path]" where [full download path] is the location, including the filename, of the downloaded file (e.g. "chmod 755 /tmp/VMware-Player-4.0.2-591240.i386.bundle"); you can also use a desktop file manager to make the file executable
    • On Linux, if you are only a general user, then you must use terminal to execute the file as root