HOWTO: Setup VMWare-Workstation

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VMware Workstation is a popular, but commercial and proprietary product. You can download this software from and buy it after a trial period. This article is based on Workstation version 10.0:

You'll need to install the gcc compiler and the kernel sources:

sudo equo install sys-devel/gcc-4.7.3
sudo equo install sys-kernel/sabayon-sources:3.10

Note: check with

uname -r 

for your kernel version, and change the command to the corresponding sabayon-sources version


After fulfilling the requirements and the download of the installation-bundle, you'll need the permission to execute software from the /tmp directory:

sudo mount -o remount,exec /tmp

Now you are able to install the software:

tar xf VMware-Workstation-10.0.0-1295980.x86_64.bundle.tar 
sudo sh VMware-Workstation-10.0.0-1295980.x86_64.bundle

Undo the exec permission on /tmp

sudo mount -o remount,noexec /tmp

During the installation, you'll get a warning about startup scripts. Correct this by creating a file: /etc/systemd/system/vmware.service with the following content:

Description=VMware daemon
ExecStart=/etc/rc.d/vmware start
ExecStop=/etc/rc.d/vmware stop

Start the service to load the necessary modules:

systemctl start vmware.service

And start this service during the Linux boot process:

systemctl enable vmware.service

VMware Tools

You have to download the VMware tools from:

Installing this tools makes that you can install the VMware Tools in the guest OS, e.g. for Linux:

tar xf vmware-tools-linux-*
sudo vmware-installer --install-component=vmware-tools-linux-9.6.0-1295980.x86_64.component


The solution for the systemd service was found on: