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I think VMware tools is still trying to install, but you can also try your user account password for root, it seems to work. Or you can login as yourself, the account you setup previously to this screen.
Currently I am having a problem with logging in when the the GUI is up and running. My keyboard stops working in Ubuntu. I played with all kinds of VMware settings. But my keyboard will not work. It works during the installation process, it also works in the Runtime 3 shell, but when the install is finished no Keyboard. Also I am not sure if vmware tools is fully installed.
By default (debian based distro)root user has no password so login with user account and password created during installation.
Sorry, that's wrong. The default lack of a root password is an Ubuntu quirk that is not a Debian fault.
The instructions above to make the root account usable by giving it a password are correct.
In addition, I would fix the security problem of having the regular user password able to give root access (sudo ...) by creating a 2nd user acct. for everyday use; & reserving the Ubuntu 1st user acct. for root level operations through sudo.
you should get prompted to enter a password to use for root. That will be your root password from then on.
As far as vmware tools. They do NOT just install themselves under Linux. You have to MOUNT the CD after you tell vmware to install vmware tools, and execute the vmware setup from the mounted CD. I have never had vmware "automatically" install vmware tools under any operating system.
Mount the CD with the mount command i.e. mount dev/cdrom mnt/cdrom
if the directory mnt/cdrom is not there create it - that is your mount point. Then
change to the mnt/cdrom directory AFTER the mount command is issued and you should see a file with an extension of ".pl" you need to execute THAT to install vmware tools.
I always copy the ".pl" installer to another directory (my home directory) first then execute it.
I prefer to have a root account to do high level work rather than entering
sudo before every command I need to enter. It's a personal preference.
If someone lives in root, yes, that is dangerous. But don't knock those who prefer to have a root account if they know what they are doing.
Every other Linux distro I've worked with, mandriva, redhat, fedora, etc. I've always had a root account. Old habits die hard. If I used sudo as intended by Ubuntu, I'd be typing every high level command twice, because I would forget to type sudo before the high level command.
It's just easier for me to log into root, issue the commands I need, and then get out to my normal login. Habit, man. I've never burned myself once with this methodology.
Enabling the root account
Enabling the root account is rarely necessary. Almost everything you need to do as administrator of an Ubuntu system can be done via sudo or gksudo. If you really need a persistent root login, the best alternative is to simulate a root login shell using the following command...
BTW1, Before I stumbled on that other thread, I would have given the same advice.
This problem popped up as I recall at Ubuntu 10 beta 2. You need to update VMWare Workstation. I think 7.1.something fixed the keyboard issue. I had the same problem with VMWare player during the beta testing period. When I upgraded VMWare player to 3.1.something the problem went away.
As to the screen asking for a login... I see that also when building a new VM. If I wait for 20 or 30 seconds it goes away and the tools install process does its thing without any input from me.