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The only file we care about though is the *.vmdk file as that is the one with the actual image

We will be converting the vmdk to qcow2, really simple:

tar -xvf original.ova
qemu-img convert -O qcow2 win10.vmdk win10.qcow2
qemu-system-x86_64 -enable-kvm -cpu host  -smp 4  -device usb-ehci,id=ehci -device qemu-xhci,id=xhci -device usb-tablet,bus=xhci.0 -net nic  -net user -m 4192 -cdrom win10.qcow2

And vice versa, qcow2 into a vmware vmdk file:

qemu-img convert -f qcow2 -O vmdk windows.11.qcow2 windows.11.vmdk

How to import the vmdk into vmware-workstation you should know if you went this far

It's amazing, I love virtual machines :)

Nowadays (Releases from ~2020>)

This has been a really tricky thing to get installed on Gentoo back in the days but last year it have become really easy

Install the vmware bundle file by ./vmware-vxxx.bundle

Once done, setup everything and when you will power up the guest machine it probably will cry over for vmmon and vmnet is not enabled in kernel config. Since recently ou wont find any settings in /usr/src/linux/.config for this, instead, execute below command for get everything installed:

vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

Wait until its done and you will have a working vmware workstation setup on your Gentoo Machine:

Starting VMware services: Virtual machine monitor done Virtual machine communication interface done VM communication interface socket family done Virtual ethernet done VMware Authentication Daemon done Shared Memory Available done

Full output from the command above is found @

Enjoy vmware, it pwnz with a Legit License! :)

Older Releases (Releases from <~2020)

This is how I got vmware-workstation working on v12.5.9

Once you installed everything and things just hassles for you about modules and shit, it toke ages to figure out below:

rm -fdr $TMP_FOLDER
mkdir -p $TMP_FOLDER
git clone
cd $TMP_FOLDER/vmware-host-modules
git checkout $VMWARE_VERSION
git fetch
sudo make install
sudo rm /usr/lib/vmware/lib/
sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ 

You will now have a working vmware setup, but ey. Use the latest versions to avoid all the trouble with the above shit.

Network Stuff

Settings for your NAT and other net configurations is available in:

/usr/bin/vmnet-bridge -s 12 -d /var/run/ -n 0
/usr/bin/vmnet-netifup -s 12 -d /var/run/ /dev/vmnet1 vmnet1
/usr/bin/vmnet-dhcpd -s 12 -cf /etc/vmware/vmnet1/dhcpd/dhcpd.conf -lf /etc/vmware/vmnet1/dhcpd/dhcpd.leases -pf /var/run/ vmnet1
/usr/bin/vmnet-natd -s 12 -m /etc/vmware/vmnet8/nat.mac -c /etc/vmware/vmnet8/nat/nat.conf
/usr/bin/vmnet-netifup -s 12 -d /var/run/ /dev/vmnet8 vmnet8
/usr/bin/vmnet-dhcpd -s 12 -cf /etc/vmware/vmnet8/dhcpd/dhcpd.conf -lf /etc/vmware/vmnet8/dhcpd/dhcpd.leases -pf /var/run/ vmnet8

Fuse mount

/usr/bin/vmware-fuseUI -s -r 8 -w 11 -p 23019

Launch vmware from cli

/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx -s vmx.stdio.keep=TRUE -# \
product=1;name=VMware Workstation;version=16.1.1;buildnumber=17801498;licensename=VMware \
Workstation;licenseversion=16.0; -@ duplex=3;msgs=ui \
/path/to/Windows_10_x64_Enterprise/Windows 10 x64 Enterprise.vmx

Last update: June 18, 2022
Created: June 18, 2022