While Ubuntu is easily installed as a VMWare guest, the installation of theVMWare tools is more complicated as one should think.
Ubuntu needs to be prepared by executing the following commands:
sudo apt-get install build-essential sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
After that the VMWare Tools can be installed, initiated by selecting the menu item in VMWare, followed by these steps:
cd /cdrom cp VM*.gz /tmp cd /tmp tar xvzf VM[tab] cd vm[tab] sudo ./vmware-install.pl