vmware player install help

Right so I decided to give it a try. Keep in mind I’m not a huge fan of anything vmware but I feel like I’m forced to install VMware player simply because Microsoft’s Virtual PC let me down and would not let me properly configure Ubuntu 11.0+. Well it would let me install the OS to a VHD but I was rendered useless if I had any plans of using my mouse.  I guess instead of providing any additional troubleshooting – I’m going the vmware route for this preview. So if you happen to be in the same boat as me and want a quick document on how to properly install VMware Player, this one is for you. Keep it real.

  1. Go ahead and register for your logon at the VMware site, you’ll need it and they love to track who is using their products. I guess this data would be handy, especially when you look at the referring network and associate the purchased license count with the evaluation license count!
  2. Download the exe, copy it to a place where you can save it.
  3. Double click to launch (or right click and install as administrator if you love UAC).
  4. You will next be prompted to select your destination folder. Oddly, I’m running a 64 bit OS but it wants me to install to the x86 program files directory. Honestly, I cannot stand when a program wants to update at launch (like anything Adobe). I like to control that activity – so I’m going to uncheck the “check for product updates on startup” feature.
  5. You will next be asked to involve your computer in VMwares UI experiance program. Thanks but no thanks, I’m going to opt out of this one as well and uncheck “help improve vmware player”. I dont want to send over data or usage to VMware. I dont want any communication going out of these vm’s unless I approve it!
  6. Next, uncheck “desktop”, “start menu programs folder”, and “quick launch toolbar”. and click on next to continue.  then click on “continue” to fire up the installer.
  7. Hopefully your computer has some decent memory to run these vm’s from. And if you are lucky and have a loaded 64bit os! More power to you.
  8. Before you decide to listen to this prompt – lets quickly check out what services this software install smacked us with. Click “restart later”
  • VMware Player Services: This is kind of a ball buster. As a penalty for this installation VMware has loaded up 5 services on my computer, all are set to Automatic.
  • start > run > services.msc
    • VMware Agent Service
      • [exe] “C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\vmware-ufad.exe” -d “C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\\” -s ufad-p2v.xml
      • [svc name] ufad-ws60
      • [depends] Network Provider, TDI
    • VMware Authorization Service
      • [exe] “C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\vmware-authd.exe”
      • [svc name] VMAuthdService
      • [depends] CMware vmx86, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
      • [desc] Authorization and authentication service for starting and accessing virtual machines
    • VMware DHCP Service
      • [exe] C:\Windows\system32\vmnetdhcp.exe
      • [svc name] VMnetDHCP
      • [depends] VMware Network Application Interface
      • [desc] DHCP service for virtual networks.
    • VMware NAT Service
      • [exe] C:\Windows\system32\vmnat.exe
      • [svc name] VMware NAT Service
      • [depends] VMware Network Application Interface
      • [desc] Network address translation for virtual networks.
    • VMware USB Arbitration Service
      • [exe] “C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\VMware\USB\vmware-usbarbitrator.exe”
      • [svc name] VMUSBArbService
      • [depends] None



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