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Running VMPlayer on CS Linux Machine

Running VMPlayer on CS Linux Machine

By Hanz Makmur Jan 2020 • Modified Sep 13, 2021
 
To enable users to learn how to setup, manage his/her own operating system, we have made vmplayer available on all iLab Desktop Machines. (Note: Running vmplayer on iLabGPU servers is not currently supported. )
 
Running VMplayer

To run vmplayer, user needs to use GUI based desktop. This can be done by  sitting in front of the machine, run X2Go or  Microsoft Remote Desktop client  to connect to any iLab Desktop machines from home. Once connected, open a terminal window and type :

vmplayer

For first time run, vmplayer may ask user for a license. Click OK to use for free for non commercial use.
 
On the install window, user can use pre downloaded ISO Image. In this example, we will  install ubuntu 18.4.3 available at
  /koko/system/iso/ubuntu-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso
 

In the same iso folder, there is also more recent Ubuntu 20.04 LTS /koko/system/iso/ubuntu-20.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso and /koko/system/iso/netboot.xyz.iso file which allows you todo different OS and download on the fly. See details about what OS available  in url:netboot.xyz/faq

After ISO selection, user just click Next until they see Customize Hardware. Click on this button to adjust memory, cpu. disk size etc. and click Finish.

On Installation, they can skip the VMware Tool by clicking Remind Me Later  button. When the installation is done, your VM will automatically run.   Don’t forget to edit the VM  and remove the ISO image once you no longer need it.

Possible issues:

Key mapping has been a long time issues with VMPlayer. A solution recommended by VMWare is to add in a line in your ~/.vmware/config file that says:
xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = "TRUE"

Reminder:  Please SHUTDOWN the VM when you are not using it. All iLab machines are subject to enforced limitations.