(Last Updated On: August 12, 2018)

Tried Installing VMware Player on your Kali Linux Machine but can’t get it running?,. If so, then this tutorial is for you. VMware Inc. provides a free version  type 2 hypervisor namely VMware Player and a commercial one VMware Workstation.

The VMware Workstation provides some advanced features unlike VMware Player.
Some cutting edge Features of Vmware Workstation 11 are:

  • Maximum of 16 virtual CPUs
  • 8TB Maximum virtual disks
  • 20 Maximum virtual networks
  • Hyper-V support
  • Drag and drop a VM from vSphere to your PC
  • Create restricted VMs that can expire at a predefined date and time
  • Ready for Windows® 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2012 R2, Ubuntu 14.10, RHEL 7, CentOS 7
  • Hardware version 11 (new CPU enablement, updated xHCI controller, updated NDIS driver)
  • Boot virtual machines with EFI support
  • Create desktop shortcuts for virtual machines
  • Allocate up to 2GB video memory to a virtual machine
  • Integration with VMware vCloud Air

At times when guys do install VMware Player then try to run it, they get some Kernel modules needed messages. I installed VMware workstation and it automatically fixed that for me. You can install trial version of VMware Workstation for testing purposes and evaluation if you are not ready to pay for a license key yet. One advantage of installing VMware Workstation is that it will install VMware Player for you which you can use after your evaluation period expires.
You can install Virtualbox on your Kali, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS as well and get a nice Virtualization Platform for free. This is great if you want to build Virtual labs like Networking with GNS3.
To download and install VMware Workstation trial version, go to VMware Workstation 11Download Page. Select VMware Workstation for Linux and hit get trial link. If you don’t already have an account with VMware, create one by filling signup form. It’s a quick process.
Download Vmware Workstation bundle and save it in your hard drive. Navigate to its location using the terminal. For example, mine is located in Downloads Folder.

# cd /home/jose/Downloads

Then make it executable.

# chmod +x  VMware-Workstation-Full-11.0.0-2305329.x86_64.bundle

Now install it

# ./VMware-Workstation-Full-11.0.0-2305329.x86_64.bundle

Follow simple next > next installation procedure just like you will install any program in a Windows Environment.
On Kali Linux box, VMware Workstation and Player will be located in Application >> System Tools >> VMware Workstation | VMware Player. You are done  with the installation. You can now create Virtual Appliances and run type 1 hypervisors on it like Esxi and Xen.
Other available Type two Hypervisors for Linux is KVM Qemu which you can install on Kali, Ubuntu and other Linux distros
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