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VMWare Fusion - Scripted Installation

This probably falls in the category of useless automation for a lot of people. In my never ending search for automation , I wondered how far vmware fusion could be automated.

Prepare VMWare fusion

The first step is to download the Vmware Fusion disk image. Because this requires registration, this can't be automated:

You can download vmware fusion from the vmware website URL

This will propose you two options:

  • Option1 : Download including VMware Fusion and a 12 month complimentary subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009 (Recommended) 434 MB
  • Option2 : Download including only VMware Fusion software 151 MB

I suggest downloading the Option1 , as it includes the OVF Tools which I find handy for importing ovf format virtual machines

New machines are created in : $HOME/Documents/Virtual Machines.localized

Running the installation by commandline

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Point to the downloaded version


Mount the disk image

VMFUSION_MOUNT_POINT=$( hdiutil mount $VMFUSION_DMG -nobrowse |tail -1|cut -d ' ' -f 2-|cut -d '/' -f 2-) echo $VMFUSION_MOUNT_POINT

Install the packages

sudo installer -pkg "$VMFUSION_MOUNT_POINT/Install VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Resources/Install VMware Fusion.mpkg/Contents/Packages/Install VMware Fusion.pkg" -target / sudo installer -pkg "$VMFUSION_MOUNT_POINT/Install VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Resources/Install VMware Fusion.mpkg/Contents/Packages/com.vmware.fusion.ovftool.pkg" -target /

Unmount the disk image

hdiutil unmount "$VMFUSION_MOUNT_POINT"

List the vmware packages installed

pkgutil --pkgs=com.vmware.*











Next set the license number


Check if the provided license is valid

/Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/vmware-licenseTool check "$VMFUSION_SERIALNR" $VMFUSION_VERSION "Vmware Fusion for Mac OS" ""

Set the license

sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/vmware-licenseTool enter "$VMFUSION_SERIALNR" "$VMFUSION_NAME" "$VMFUSION_COMPANY" $VMFUSION_VERSION "Vmware Fusion for Mac OS" ""

Show the license file

cat /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/license-*

List the Binaries in /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/MacOS/vmware

ls /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/MacOS/vmware

Extra stuff in /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion

ls /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion

Getting Started.app icu mozilla-root-certs.crt vmnet-bridge vmss2core vmware-vmx

Uninstall VMware Fusion.app isoimages networking vmnet-cli vmware-authd vmware-vmx-debug

VMDKMounter.app kexts networking.bak.0 vmnet-dhcpd vmware-cloneBootCamp vmware-vmx-stats

VMware Fusion Helper.app languageSpecificMacToWinKeymap proxyApp-template-app vmnet-natd vmware-licenseTool vnckeymap

VMware Fusion Start Menu.app license-fusion-30-e1-200902 proxyApp-template-info.plist vmnet-netifup vmware-ntfs

boot.sh licenses thnuclnt vmnet-sniffer vmware-rawdiskAuthTool

choose-vmx.sh locations tools-upgraders vmnet1 vmware-rawdiskCreator

fusionRepairPermissionsTool messages unrar vmnet8 vmware-usbArbitratorTool

fusionShareTool mkisofs vm-support.tool vmrun vmware-vdiskmanager

Machines go into $HOME/Documents/Virtual Machines.localized

ls $HOME/Documents/Virtual\ Machines.localized

Restart network services!?

sudo sh -c "/Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/boot.sh --restart"

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Cleaning an existing installation

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#Find the vmware packages installed pkgutil --pkgs=com.vmware.fusion.*

Stop the network listeners

sudo sh -c "cd /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/ ; test -f boot.sh && ./boot.sh --stop"

Kill the vmware fusion running

FUSION_PID=$(ps -eo pid,command |grep -i "/Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/MacOS/vmware"|grep -v grep| sed -e "s/^[ ]*//"|cut -d ' ' -f 1) echo $FUSION_PID kill $FUSION_PID

Also kill the headless ones

FUSION_PID=$(ps -eo pid,command |grep -i "vmrun"|grep -v grep| sed -e "s/^[ ]*//"|cut -d ' ' -f 1) echo $FUSION_PID kill $FUSION_PID

And some other processes

FUSION_PID=$(ps -eo pid,command |grep -i "vmware-vmx"|grep -v grep| sed -e "s/^[ ]*//"|cut -d ' ' -f 1) echo $FUSION_PID kill $FUSION_PID

FUSION_PID=$(ps -eo pid,command |grep -i "/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/"|grep -v grep| sed -e "s/^[ ]*//"|cut -d ' ' -f 1) echo $FUSION_PID kill $FUSION_PID

sleep 2

Verify the version

pkgutil --pkg-info com.vmware.fusion.application 2>/dev/null| grep -i ^version

To remove the sofware:

Option 1: Unlink the files

for pkg in pkgutil --pkgs=com.vmware.fusion.*; do sudo pkgutil --verbose --unlink $pkg -f; done

Make the OS forget about the files

for pkg in pkgutil --pkgs=com.vmware.fusion.*; do sudo pkgutil --verbose --forget $pkg -f; done "

Option 2: Run the uninstaller

Suggested by Eric on 9/12/2010

sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VMware\ Fusion/Uninstall\ VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Resources/fusion-uninstaller.tool

Note that we don't delete virtual machines!

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