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== Not working ==
The following things are currently not working. If you know what's wrong please fix the instructions above.
=== Loading of vmw_balloon driver ===
The ''vmw_balloon'' driver doesn't get loaded with the method mentioned above.

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This article describes how to get Archlinux running in a VMWare virtual machine when you're using systemd as SysV replacement.


Please install the open-vm-tools-modules from the Community repository.


Add the VMWare drivers to your mkinitcpio.conf:

MODULES="vmsync vmblock vmxnet3 vmwgfx vmw_ballon vmci autofs4"

Now you have to rebuild your kernel:

# depmod
# mkinitcpio -p linux

Systemd scripts

In the following steps you have to create some systemd scripts so that the vmblock driver can be used successfully.

Create the following files:

# creates the directory which is used by the vmblock driver
d /tmp/VMwareDnD 1777 root root
Description=Mount the vmblock device

Description=Mount the vmblock device



Then you have to enable the mount point in systemd:

 # systemctl enable proc-fs-vmblock-mountPoint.automount

VMware user suid wrapper

The following script is responsible that you can resize the window of your virtual machine:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=VMWare User Agent
Comment=Enable Unity, DnD, etc.

Disable unneeded drivers

The open-vm-tools-modules package installs a configuration file for the vmxnet driver. Either delete the following file or comment the contents:


To make sure the vmxnet driver doesn't get loaded create the following file:

blacklist vmxnet