Ubuntu 17.10 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 17.10 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

The easiest method for installing Ubuntu 17.10 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 default 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 17.10 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 17.10 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 17.10.

VMware Tools in an Ubuntu 17.10 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 use the file sharing feature by using Shared Folders 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. See Knowledge base article 2075048, Installing the deployPkg plug-in in a Linux virtual machines, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2075048.

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 17.10

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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