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Download bundle for Linux
$ sudo bash VMware-Player-12.1.1-3770994.x86_64.bundle

$ ls /usr/lib/vmware
vmware/           vmware-installer/ vmware-ovftool/

$ /usr/bin/vm
vmnet-bridge                      vmware-gksu
vmnet-dhcpd                       vmware-installer
vmnet-natd                        vmware-license-check.sh
vmnet-netifup                     vmware-license-enter.sh
vmnet-sniffer                     vmware-modconfig
vmplayer                          vmware-mount
vmstat                            vmware-networks
vmware-collect-host-support-info  vmware-ping
vmwarectrl                        vmware-usbarbitrator
vmware-fuseUI                    


Vmware VIX Automation Tools


Download bundle for Linux
$ sudo bash VMware-VIX-1.13.2-1744117.x86_64.bundle

$ ls /usr/lib/vmware-vix

$ ls /usr/bin/vmrun

vmrun commands
vmrun command usage
How to launch VMware Player VMs without GUI

$ /usr/bin/vmrun --help
Invalid argument: --help
vmrun version 1.13.2 build-1744117

Usage: vmrun [AUTHENTICATION-FLAGS] COMMAND [PARAMETERS]



AUTHENTICATION-FLAGS
--------------------
These must appear before the command and any command parameters.

   -h <hostName>  (not needed for Workstation)
   -P <hostPort>  (not needed for Workstation)
   -T <hostType> (ws|server|server1|fusion|esx|vc|player)
     for example, use '-T server' for Server 2.0
                  use '-T server1' for Server 1.0
                  use '-T ws' for VMware Workstation
                  use '-T ws-shared' for VMware Workstation (shared mode)
                  use '-T esx' for VMware ESX
                  use '-T vc' for VMware vCenter Server
   -u <userName in host OS>  (not needed for Workstation)
   -p <password in host OS>  (not needed for Workstation)
   -vp <password for encrypted virtual machine>
   -gu <userName in guest OS>
   -gp <password in guest OS>



POWER COMMANDS           PARAMETERS           DESCRIPTION
--------------           ----------           -----------
start                    Path to vmx file     Start a VM or Team
                         [gui|nogui]

stop                     Path to vmx file     Stop a VM or Team
                         [hard|soft]

reset                    Path to vmx file     Reset a VM or Team
                         [hard|soft]

suspend                  Path to vmx file     Suspend a VM or Team
                         [hard|soft]

pause                    Path to vmx file     Pause a VM

unpause                  Path to vmx file     Unpause a VM



SNAPSHOT COMMANDS        PARAMETERS           DESCRIPTION
-----------------        ----------           -----------
listSnapshots            Path to vmx file     List all snapshots in a VM
                         [showTree]

snapshot                 Path to vmx file     Create a snapshot of a VM
                         Snapshot name

deleteSnapshot           Path to vmx file     Remove a snapshot from a VM
                         Snapshot name
                         [andDeleteChildren]

revertToSnapshot         Path to vmx file     Set VM state to a snapshot
                         Snapshot name



GUEST OS COMMANDS        PARAMETERS           DESCRIPTION
-----------------        ----------           -----------
runProgramInGuest        Path to vmx file     Run a program in Guest OS
                         [-noWait]
                         [-activeWindow]
                         [-interactive]
                         Complete-Path-To-Program
                         [Program arguments]

fileExistsInGuest        Path to vmx file     Check if a file exists in Guest OS
                         Path to file in guest

directoryExistsInGuest   Path to vmx file     Check if a directory exists in Guest OS
                         Path to directory in guest

setSharedFolderState     Path to vmx file     Modify a Host-Guest shared folder
                         Share name
                         Host path
                         writable | readonly

addSharedFolder          Path to vmx file     Add a Host-Guest shared folder
                         Share name
                         New host path

removeSharedFolder       Path to vmx file     Remove a Host-Guest shared folder
                         Share name

enableSharedFolders      Path to vmx file     Enable shared folders in Guest
                         [runtime]

disableSharedFolders     Path to vmx file     Disable shared folders in Guest
                         [runtime]

listProcessesInGuest     Path to vmx file     List running processes in Guest OS

killProcessInGuest       Path to vmx file     Kill a process in Guest OS
                         process id

runScriptInGuest         Path to vmx file     Run a script in Guest OS
                         [-noWait]
                         [-activeWindow]
                         [-interactive]
                         Interpreter path
                         Script text

deleteFileInGuest        Path to vmx file     Delete a file in Guest OS
Path in guest           

createDirectoryInGuest   Path to vmx file     Create a directory in Guest OS
Directory path in guest 

deleteDirectoryInGuest   Path to vmx file     Delete a directory in Guest OS
Directory path in guest 

CreateTempfileInGuest    Path to vmx file     Create a temporary file in Guest OS

listDirectoryInGuest     Path to vmx file     List a directory in Guest OS
                         Directory path in guest

CopyFileFromHostToGuest  Path to vmx file     Copy a file from host OS to guest OS
Path on host             Path in guest
                        

CopyFileFromGuestToHost  Path to vmx file     Copy a file from guest OS to host OS
Path in guest            Path on host
                        

renameFileInGuest        Path to vmx file     Rename a file in Guest OS
                         Original name
                         New name

captureScreen            Path to vmx file     Capture the screen of the VM to a local file
Path on host            

writeVariable            Path to vmx file     Write a variable in the VM state
                         [runtimeConfig|guestEnv|guestVar]
                         variable name
                         variable value

readVariable             Path to vmx file     Read a variable in the VM state
                         [runtimeConfig|guestEnv|guestVar]
                         variable name

getGuestIPAddress        Path to vmx file     Gets the IP address of the guest
                         [-wait]



VPROBE COMMANDS          PARAMETERS           DESCRIPTION
---------------          ----------           -----------
vprobeVersion            Path to vmx file     List VP version

vprobeLoad               Path to vmx file     Load VP script
                         'VP script text'

vprobeLoadFile           Path to vmx file     Load VP file
                         Path to VP file

vprobeReset              Path to vmx file     Disable all vprobes

vprobeListProbes         Path to vmx file     List probes

vprobeListGlobals        Path to vmx file     List global variables



GENERAL COMMANDS         PARAMETERS           DESCRIPTION
----------------         ----------           -----------
list                                          List all running VMs

upgradevm                Path to vmx file     Upgrade VM file format, virtual hw

installTools             Path to vmx file     Install Tools in Guest

checkToolsState          Path to vmx file     Check the current Tools state

register                 Path to vmx file     Register a VM

unregister               Path to vmx file     Unregister a VM

listRegisteredVM                              List registered VMs

deleteVM                 Path to vmx file     Delete a VM

clone                    Path to vmx file     Create a copy of the VM
                         Path to destination vmx file
                         full|linked
                         [-snapshot=Snapshot Name]
                         [-cloneName=Name]




Examples:


Starting a virtual machine with Workstation on a Windows host
   vmrun -T ws start "c:\my VMs\myVM.vmx"


Stopping a virtual machine on an ESX host
   vmrun -T esx -h https://myHost.com/sdk -u hostUser -p hostPassword stop "[storage1] vm/myVM.vmx"


Running a program in a virtual machine with Workstation on a Windows host with Windows guest
   vmrun -T ws -gu guestUser -gp guestPassword runProgramInGuest "c:\my VMs\myVM.vmx" "c:\Program Files\myProgram.exe"


Running a program in a virtual machine with Server on a Linux host with Linux guest
   vmrun -T server -h https://myHost.com:8333/sdk -u hostUser -p hostPassword -gu guestUser -gp guestPassword runProgramInGuest "[standard] vm/myVM.vmx" /usr/bin/X11/xclock -display :0


Creating a snapshot of a virtual machine with Workstation on a Windows host
   vmrun -T ws snapshot "c:\my VMs\myVM.vmx" mySnapshot


Reverting to a snapshot with Workstation on a Windows host
   vmrun -T ws revertToSnapshot "c:\my VMs\myVM.vmx" mySnapshot


Deleting a snapshot with Workstation on a Windows host
   vmrun -T ws deleteSnapshot "c:\my VMs\myVM.vmx" mySnapshot


Enabling Shared Folders with Workstation on a Windows host
   vmrun -T ws enableSharedFolders "c:\my VMs\myVM.vmx"






Install QEMU


Both Player 5 and 6 work with Packer, in Linux, and even in Windows, after installing the latest VIX SDK, and QEMU. I even got cloning to work in Windows, after a bit of mucking around.
https://github.com/mitchellh/packer/issues/1102

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/QEMU/Linux

http://askubuntu.com/questions/335875/error-zlib-check-failed-while-compiling-qemu

You don't have the headers/libraries to build qemu. The easy way to solve this situation is doing:

sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends -y build-dep qemu

Now, to solve that message:

sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev
$ git clone git://git.qemu-project.org/qemu.git
 Cloning into 'qemu'...
 remote: Counting objects: 131834, done.
 remote: Compressing objects: 100% (29320/29320), done.
 remote: Total 131834 (delta 104345), reused 129302 (delta 102090)
 Receiving objects: 100% (131834/131834), 45.42 MiB | 300 KiB/s, done.
 Resolving deltas: 100% (104345/104345), done.
 Checking out files: 100% (2849/2849), done.
 $ cd qemu/
 $ ./configure
 $ make
 $ sudo make install





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