Disable VMware services at boot on Ubuntu

vmware_compIf you are not a frequent user of VMs then you might consider disabling the VMware services autostart. I use VMware Player once in a while and so wanted to stop them from starting at boot.

To do that, run:

$ sudo update-rc.d vmware disable
$ sudo update-rc.d vmware-USBArbitrator disable

Crude method: Move the following two files to some other location, e.g. /usr/bin:

/etc/init.d/vmware
/etc/init.d/vmware-USBArbitrator

To start manually:

$ sudo /path_to_new_location/vmware start
$ sudo /path_to_new_location/vmware-USBArbitrator start

4 thoughts on “Disable VMware services at boot on Ubuntu”

  1. Additionally I needed:

    sudo update-rc.d vmware-workstation-server disable
    sudo update-rc.d vmware-USBArbitrator disable

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