Linux – VMware failed to build vmci & Enter license key button

So I was going to try installing VMWare 9 at work, but I had some trouble getting it to work at first, so I thought I could share the solutions I found around the net.

The first problem was that I was running on the 3.8.x kernel (3.8.0-26-generic #38-Ubuntu), and thus couldn’t rebuild the vmware modules (because of some bug it seems).
But after some Googling around, I managed to find a solution on another blog! 🙂

1. cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
2. tar -xf vmci.tar
3. cd vmci-only
4. patch -p1 < ‘patchfile’
5. cd ..
6. tar -cf vmci.tar vmci-only/
7. vmware-modconfig –console –install-all
8. rm -rf vmci-only/

Download link: linux-3.8_vmci_pci_hotplug_struct.patch (Not hosted anymore!)


And the second problem was that I couldn’t enter the serial number for VMware 9 because the “enter license key” in the GUI of VMware.
The solution turned out to be rather simple though:

sudo /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx --new-sn xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Replacing the xxxxxxxxxxxxxx with your key 🙂


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