I am learning Vagrant from scratch from a Udemy tutorial. I want to use my centos machine to install everything and run all from there, but they use VirtualBox and in my Centos machine (a dell computer), I was unable to make VB work, it seems it is a problem with the BIOS and secure boot. I just wasn't able to deactivate it. So I was trying to use VMWare Workstation 14 player as a provider for Vagrant. But when I am trying to check the setup it says that:

"A valid license is required to run the vagrant vmware provider. Please visit URL to purchase a license. Once you purchase a license, you can install it..."

I am using Workstation player, because it says it is free, And actually VMWare has a lot of different programs that I am not sure what do I need. Which brings me to the question: Is it possible to use Vagrant with VMWare as a provider without paying? If so, how can I do that?

If there are no other way, I might use my mac to continue with this.


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    Why would the BIOS effect the booting of a virtual Box machine within the operating system? – Raman Sailopal Aug 8 '18 at 15:14
  • This seems to be a legal (licencing) question, so off topic. However VM is propitiatory, you are probably in licence infringement, if you do. I am also wondering what problem will stop Vbox from working, but allow VMWare. – ctrl-alt-delor Aug 8 '18 at 15:15
  • @RamanSailopal and ctrl-alt-delor the issue is with vboxdrv, it said that it was a kernel issue, it seems that the kernel failed to load some modules at boot, ive been doing some research and it is because since windows 8-10 computers comes with secure boot and this prevents vboxdrv from work. I tried to dissable it and use the legacy version of the bios, but as soon as I restart the system goes into recovery mode and thats it. It doesnt load at all – grimmjow_sms Aug 8 '18 at 15:24
  • I run Windows 8 with Vagrant and Oracle Virtual Box fine. – Raman Sailopal Aug 9 '18 at 10:07
  • Hi @RamanSailopal I dont have Windows on that machine, I only have centos, maybe if I had windows I wont be having that issue. The problem is with: centos, linux kernel, ans secure boot – grimmjow_sms Aug 9 '18 at 16:29

No. There is no way to legally or ethically use the Vagrant VMware provider without a paid license.

  • I guess Ill have to work on my Mac instead, thanks Tim – grimmjow_sms Aug 8 '18 at 15:25
  • You're welcome. Or pony up $79 for a license. 10% off if you're a verifiable student. – Tim Kennedy Aug 8 '18 at 15:28
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    haha..... man... Im jobless at the momment, even if I had them. I would probably spend those 79 on god of war – grimmjow_sms Aug 8 '18 at 15:29
  • then Mac it is! :) – Tim Kennedy Aug 8 '18 at 15:32

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