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Under Debian Stretch, you have to install following packages in order to install the VMWare Tools, as indicated :

  • gcc,
  • linux_headers-…,
  • net-tools.

make should be already installed.


To duplicate a virtual machine, simply duplicate the entire directory.

Installing Mac OS from installer disk as '.vmdk

This procedure is for a VMWare Player patched to handle Mac OS.

Use a copy of your .vmdk, as VMWare Player modifies it (and can corrupt it).

  • Create a new Virtual Machine,
  • I will install the operating system later,
  • Next
  • Apple Mac OS X (you don't have this entry, than your VMWare Player is no patched),
  • select correct version,
  • Next,
  • Fill as you want,
  • Next,
  • Fill as you want,
  • Next,
  • Customize hardware if you want,
  • Finish
  • Edit Virtual Machine Setting
  • Add
  • Hard Disk
  • Finish
  • Next,
  • Next,
  • Use an existing virtual disk,
  • Next,
  • Browse…
  • Select your .vmdk,
  • Launch the VM,
  • When you have to select the disk where to install the OS, Utilities/Disk Utility,
  • Select the right disk (the one created by VMWare Player).
  • Partition,
  • +,
  • Fill as you want,
  • Apply,
  • Quit Disk Utility…
  • There should now be a disk available for the installation.


Missing 'd_alias' member issue

On march 2015, when installing/confguring the VMWare Tools ( or on Debian Wheezy or Jessie, there was an error when compilng the stuff regarding the shared folder (error: ‘struct dentry’ has no member named ‘d_alias’). To get rid of this error, I took the following (inspired from :

  • Go to the source directory of the VMWare tools modules (should be /usr/lib/vmware-tools/modules/source),
  • untar the vmhgfs.tar file (tar -xf vmhgfs.tar),
  • edit the inode.c file in the vmhgfs-only directory (resulting from the above untaring),
  • prefix all the d_alias occurrences with d_u. (with the dot : d_aliasd_u.d_alias ; there was 2 occurrences).
  • retar the vmhgfs-only directory (tar -cf vmhgfs.tar vmhgfs-only).

Et voilà !

'The VMware Authorization Service is not running.'

Sometimes, after restarting the computer, without any apparent reason, VMWare claims that it has no access to the virtual machine, along with this message : The VMware Authorization Service is not running..
This means that the VMAuthdService was not started as it ought to be. Simply start it with the help of the Service Manager.

computing/tools/virtual_machines/vmware_player.txt · Last modified: Tue Oct 17 11:52:10 2017 (17/10/17) by Claude SIMON