I am using VMware 8.0.4 and want to install Ubuntu 12.04, but I have not been able to do so successfully. Can you suggest compatible versions of VMware and Ubuntu? In particular, will Ubuntu 12.04 work with VMware 8?


VMware 8.0.4 is compatible with Ubuntu 12.04, you just need to apply a simple patch to allow the modules to build on the 3.2 kernel used by Ubuntu.

The patch is described and available on this page, but the version in there needs to be changed to 8.0.4 to apply successfully.

Here's how:

To download and apply the patch,

  • Open a terminal and type:

    mkdir vmw_patch && cd vmw_patch
    wget -O- http://weltall.heliohost.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/vmware802fixlinux320.tar.gz | tar -xz
    sed -i -e 's/8.0.2/8.0.4/g' patch-modules_3.2.0.sh 
  • That should compile the modules without any errors.

Explanation: wget downloads the patch, and tar extracts it without actually saving the downloaded file. sed updates 8.0.2 to 8.0.4 in the patching script so that it will run.

  • Actually on my pc Win7 is running . i want to first install VMware(8.0.4) and then within VMware i want to install Ubuntu(12.04). is it possible? are they compatible? – Diwakar Kumar Dinkar Jul 5 '12 at 10:58
  • Yes, they are; I use such an exact configuration to answer AU questions when I'm on Windows. – ish Jul 5 '12 at 11:46
  • @izx - I tried to apply your patch but it says: "VMWare is not installed (properly) on this PC." :/ – Apache Jul 26 '12 at 14:20
  • @Shiki: the patch is for VMware Player/Wkstn on Linux host, NOT for VMware tools on an Ubuntu guest... – ish Jul 26 '12 at 15:25

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