Installing VMware Workstation serial on Workstation 9.0.2 in Linux

There appears to be a bug in the Linux version of VMware Workstation 9.0.2 in which it will not accept a serial number from the GUI. The solution is to open a terminal and install the serial manually.

Assuming your serial number is ABCDE-ABCDE-ABCDE (which it’s probably not, but you get the idea), do the following:

sudo /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware-vmx --new-sn ABCDE-ABCDE-ABCDE