Ubuntu 14.04 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

Ubuntu 14.04 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method for installing Ubuntu 14.04 in a virtual machine is to use the Ubuntu distribution CD.


Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

  • Read General Installation Instructions for All VMware Products.
  • With many Linux guest operating systems, problems were observed when the BusLogic virtual SCSI adapter was used with VMware virtual machines. VMware recommends that you use the LSI Logic virtual SCSI adapter with this guest operating system.

Installation Steps

  1. Select the Ubuntu to install. Choose installation image for the Ubuntu Desktop or Server version.
  2. Insert the Ubuntu 14.04 CD/DVD into the CD-ROM drive.
  3. Power on the virtual machine.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  5. When the installation completes, in the Ubuntu 14.04 user interface, select System Settings > Network > Network Proxy to set the HTTP proxy in the Network Proxy Preferences dialog box.
  6. Install either Open VM Tools or VMware Tools. VMware recommends using the Open VM Tools in Ubuntu 14.04.

VMware Tools in an Ubuntu 14.04 Guest

Use the guest OS provided Open VM Tools or install the VMware Tools, as needed.

Open VM Tools

Open VM Tools is the open source implementation of VMware Tools and consist of a suite of virtualization utilities that improves the functionality, administration, and management of virtual machines on VMware hypervisors. VMware recommends using the Open VM Tools redistributed by the operating system vendors. To use Open VM Tools:

  1. Add the vmhgfs Driver
    If you are using the interactive file drag-and-drop feature in VMware Workstation and Fusion, install the vmhgfs driver in the virtual machine. This driver is not included inbox in the operating system. Installing the additional vmhgfs driver does not disturb the other inbox VMware drivers or Open VMware Tools. To install this driver:
    1. Install Open VMware Tools.
    2. Install the traditional TAR Format VMware Tools that is bundled with VMware Workstation or Fusion products.
  2. Add the deployPkg Tools Plug-in
    If you are using the virtual machine as a template or if it will be protected by SRM (Site Recovery Manager), then install the deployPkg Tools plug-in. To install this plug-in:
    1. Obtain and import the VMware Packaging Public Keys:
      1. Create a directory on your Ubuntu virtual machine to store the VMware Packaging Public Keys.
      2. Download all the VMware Public Packaging Public Key files from the http://packages.vmware.com/tools/keys directory.
      3. Save the files to the directory you created.
      4. For each key that you download, import the key:
        $ sudo apt-key add /key_path/key_name
        key_path is the directory in which you saved the keys.
        key_name is the file name of a key.
    2. Create a file, /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vmware-tools.list, with the following content:
      deb http://packages.vmware.com/packages/ubuntu ubuntu_version main
      ubuntu_version is either precise or trusty.
    3. Install the package:
      $ apt-get update
      $ apt-get install open-vm-tools-deploypkg

For additional information, see:

VMware Tools

For information on VMware Tools, see knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294 and article 1022525, Installing VMware Tools in an Ubuntu virtual machine, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1022525

Knowledge Base Articles for Ubuntu 14.04

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.

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