How To Find the VMWare Workstation License in Linux

Howto find the VMWare workstation license on your linux box?

No-one seems to have this, which is really, really annoying because if you move VMWare to another desktop or you’re like me and you alternate between your desktop and laptop, you want to use your companies VMWare workstation license. WHERE COULD THIS BE? The knowledge base suggests using regedit.exe to find it!

Protip – Novell may have been sold, but it wasn’t sold to Microsoft.

Check in $HOME/.vmware/ and you’ll see a file like license-ws-70-e1-200904 (for VMWare 7 and yes I know I’m behind).

Inside this file should be the line Serial = “XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX”

Resist the urge to copy this file wholesale to the new host, the host hash is what VMWare uses to figure out where each VM was copied. If you copy the file whole, any VM copied from the other VMWare host won’t go through the reconfig process and things will get screwy.

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One thought on “How To Find the VMWare Workstation License in Linux

  1. In WS 8 on Unbuntu this is located:

    /etc/vmware/license-ws-80-e1-201010
    /usr/lib/vmware/licenses
    /usr/lib/vmware/licenses/site
    /usr/lib/vmware/licenses/user
    /usr/lib/vmware/licenses/site/license-ws-80-e1-201010
    /usr/lib/vmware/licenses/site/license-ws-80-e2-201010
    /usr/lib/vmware/licenses/site/license-ws-80-e3-201010
    /usr/lib/vmware/licenses/user/license.player.6.0.200610
    /usr/lib/vmware/licenses/user/license.player.6.0.200907
    /usr/lib/vmware-ovftool/open_source_licenses.txt
    /usr/lib/vmware-vix/open_source_licenses.txt
    /usr/share/doc/vmware-player/open_source_licenses.txt
    /usr/share/doc/vmware-workstation/open_source_licenses.txt

    Fyi

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