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Verifying sufficient permissions exist


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VMware VMware Desktop Hypervisor


This article provides steps to verify that proper permissions exist to administer/install a VMware product

  • Error stating you do not have permission
  • Error stating that root is required

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For Windows:

  • Windows XP: To ensure that you have Administrator permissions, follow the instructions in Step 1 of Microsoft's Knowledge Base article 951244 </u>.
  • Windows Vista: To log on as an administrator, see Microsoft's article Change a user's account type.
  • Windows 7/8/10/Server 2008/Server 2012: To log on as an administrator, see Microsoft's article How do I log on as an administrator?.

    Note: If you are using Vista, or a version of Windows that has User Access Control (UAC), disable it temporarily.

For Linux:

Root privileges are required for most VMware-related tasks. Perform one of the following:

  • Log in as root.
  • Run su - or sudo -i to become root.

For Mac OS:

Mac OS prompts you for an administrative user's credentials when required during the install.

To verify you are an administrator:

  1. Click System Preferences > Accounts
  2. Click on your user icon on the left.
  3. If your user has Allow user to administer this computer selected, you have sufficient access to install VMware Fusion.