I have installed vmware workstation 15 pro, 15.0.2 build 10952284 on Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS, kernel 4.15.0-45-generic. It worked fine on install, I could see Vmware listening on port 443 and could connect from other machine. On reboot I find I can no longer connect or that the service is listening.
I've tried reinstalling and different ports, a look at services seems to show it should be starting:
~$ service --status-all | grep vmware
[ - ] vmware
[ - ] vmware-USBArbitrator
[ + ] vmware-workstation-server
From what I can see something is causing it to exit, if I am reading this correctly:
~$ systemctl list-units --type service | grep vmware
vmware-USBArbitrator.service loaded active running LSB: This services starts and stops the USB Arbitrator.
vmware-workstation-server.service loaded active exited LSB: This services starts and stops the Workstation as a Server daemon.
vmware.service loaded active running LSB: This service starts and stops VMware services
I've looked through the logs and I'm not seeing anything obvious, has anyone else experienced this that can give me a pointer? When I run workstation as sudo to check preferences > Shared VMs, I get "unable to connect to the workstation server. please ensure that the server is running and that you are authorized to connect"
Thanks in advance.
Could you please try to execute the following command in terminal?
sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-workstation-server restart
If it succeeds, you can see "Starting Workstation Server: done"
Then try to execute "ps -ef | grep hostd" to see whether vmware-hostd is really running.
If hostd is not running, could you please follow the steps below to help us collect logs?
1. Clear files under /var/log/vmware
2. Manually execute "sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-workstation-server start"
3. Upload files hostd*.log cin /var/log/vmware
hostd wasn't really running after sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-workstation-server restart.
I found the cause of the problem was the volume that I pointed workstation at for shared VMs was not mounting on boot, my error. Thanks for your reply, it helped point me in the right direction.
You're welcome! I'm very happy my answer helped you.