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VMware Tools Install Error Creating Symlink VMware_Virtual_Printer.ppd pointing to file thinprint.ppd

I ran into this error the other night and wanted to make a quick post on it while installing VMware tools into Backtrack Linux.

Unable to create symlink “/etc/cups/ppd/VMware_Virtual_Printer.ppd” pointing to file “/usr/lib/vmware-tools/configurator/thinprint.ppd”.

Execution aborted.

There’s a really quick solution to this.  Backtrack (5 R2) has cups installed by default so that’s not the problem, but for some reason the tools can’t create the ppd directory.  Create the ppd directory in /etc/cups manually and you should be good-to-go.  This occurred with VMware tools 8.8 and the KDE 64-bit build of Backtrack.

Good luck and hope this helps someone get a quick fix.

VMware Workstation 7, Unity

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For anyone that hasn’t downloaded the RC for VMware Workstation 7, you’ve got to give it a try, and since it’s free right now, you have no excuse.  Worst case scenario is you have to reinstall Workstation 6.  Like Nike, Just Do It!

Anyway, one of the coolest features in VMware Workstation 7 is Unity.  If you don’t know what that is, you can have a VM running in the background, but you’re able to access applications that are running on it without having to enter the VM itself.

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Increase VMware Workstation Virtual Disk Size

You can increase your HDD size of your workstation VMs using vmware-vdiskmanager.  vmware-vdiskmanager is a command line utility that will allow you to manage your virtual disk files.  One of the options allows you to expand your virtual disk.  There are two steps that need to be taken, the first is using the command line utility and the second is changing the formatting within your guest OS to be able to utilize the expanded space.

If you need to increase the size of your os/boot/system drive, you’ll need another working VM to mount the drive in and use DISKPART to extend it.

In this example, I’ll be changing the virtual disk size of a workstation VM from 16GB to 20GB, and it is the OS/BOOT/SYSTEM drive.


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