Installing Arch Linux in VMware (systemd)

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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.

Prerequisites

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

Drivers

Add the VMWare drivers to your mkinitcpio.conf:

/etc/mkinitcpio.conf
...
MODULES="vmxnet3 vmgfx vmw_ballon vmci"
...

Now you have to rebuild your kernel:

# 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:

/etc/tmpfiles.d/vmblock.conf
# creates the directory which is used by the vmblock driver
d /tmp/VMwareDnD 1777 root root
/etc/systemd/system/proc-fs-vmblock-mountPoint.mount
[Unit]
Description&#61Mount the vmblock device
ConditionPathExists=/tmp/VMwareDnD
After=vmblock.conf
Requires=vmblock.conf

[Mount]
What&#61none
Where=/proc/fs/vmblock/mountPoint
Type=vmblock

VMWare user suid wrapper

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

/etc/xdg/autostart/vmware-user.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=VMWare User Agent
Exec=/usr/bin/vmware-user-suid-wrapper
Icon=system-run
Comment=Enable Unity, DnD, etc.