I just installed the most recent version of VM Workstation Pro 12 on Ubuntu 16.04. The installation went well but the services wont start on startup. I am totally lost.
This is a screenshot of the log :
I've seen that error before when I installed VMware Workstation on a machine that has installed a kernel update, but not rebooted yet. It seems the modules get installed to the currently running kernel and not the one you are about to boot from, or vice versa. I'm not sure if that is your issue, but here are the steps I used to fix it:
Perform any outstanding updates
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt dist-upgrade
Reboot and make sure you choose the latest kernel in your grub menu (should be the default)
Re-install the VMware Workstation Kernel modules
sudo vmware-modconfig --console --install-all
Reboot one more time to make sure the modules load
Again, this may not be your problem at all, but it has worked for me in the past. If this isn't your problem, then my steps will have no positive/negative effect at all aside from wasting 5 minutes of your time
The VMware Workstation services run as root by default. Only the UI and application tray icon run as your user. Also, the VMware plugin for Vagrant runs as root in order to interact with VMware Workstation. When you installed the plugin you should have received a message like this:
Vagrant is installing the VMware plugin which requires
root access. You may be prompted for your password to
Consider running "sudo journalctl -f" and watching the log files as you run "vagrant up" to see what log messages are being generated outside of the ones you have seen so far. Sorry I can't be more help, but at this point your problem could be in VMware Workstation, the Vagrant plugin or even in Ubuntu itself.