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Monday, October 27, 2014

Packer vmware-iso on Ubuntu 14.04 with VMware Player 6

VMware build can be done with packer on Ubuntu using VMware Player 6.

Download VMware Player 6 from:|PLAYER-603|product_downloads

Also, click on Driver & Tools and download the correct version of VIX.

$ wget
$ chmod +x VMware-Player-6.0.3-1895310.x86_64.bundle
$ sudo ./VMware-Player-6.0.3-1895310.x86_64.bundle

$ wget
$ chmod +x VMware-VIX-1.13.3-1895310.x86_64.bundle
$ sudo ./VMware-VIX-1.13.3-1895310.x86_64.bundle

$ sudo apt-get install qemu-utils

$ packer build vmware.json

If you see errors like vmware or vmrun not in $PATH, VIX was not installed properly.

If you see errors like "specified version not found", incorrect version of VIX was installed.

If you see qemu related errors, qemu-utils was not installed.

vmware-iso only outputs the vmware instance as .vmx along with other files.

To export to ovf/ova format
$ ovftool appliance.vmx appliance.ovf
$ ovftool appliance.vmx appliance.ova

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