Easy importing of HoneyDrive to VMware Fusion

Hello honeypot enthusiasts, I was playing around with VMware Fusion today and I accidentally found out that it’s now super easy to create a VM using the HoneyDrive 3 OVA file. Note: I’m using VMware Fusion Professional Version 6.0.6 on OS X.

After downloading the OVA file from SourceForge, just go to VMware Fusion’s “File” (or “Add” button in the Virtual Machine Library) –> “Import…” –> “Choose File…” –> (Select the OVA file) –> “Continue…” –> (Save the vmwarevm file). VMware Fusion will try to use the OVA file but you will get a pop-up telling you that importing failed because the file didn’t pass OVF specification conformance or virtual hardware compliance tests. No worries, pressing the “Retry” button on that dialog will relax the OVF checks and retry the import, and this time it will work fine. Click “Finish” when it’s done. VMware Fusion will then try to start the VM and again you will get another pop-up telling you that it can’t connect to a virtual device. Just press “No” and ignore this message. That’s it, HoneyDrive 3 is ready to be used!

Of course the OVA file was created by VirtualBox so it has some leftover artifacts there. Remove them with:

sudo aptitude purge -P virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-utils virtualbox-guest-x11
sudo reboot

After that, you probably want to install the VMware Tools by going to “Virtual Machine” –> “Install VMware Tools” –> “Install”. A DVD will be mounted inside the VM. Then do the following:

cp /media/VMware\ Tools/VMwareTools-9.6.6-2649738.tar.gz /tmp/ # the file version might be different in your case
cd /tmp
tar zxvf VMwareTools-9.6.6-2649738.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib/
sudo ./vmware-install.pl # accepting the defaults is fine
sudo reboot

Enjoy HoneyDrive 3 in VMware Fusion 🙂


    • KANISHK KASHAYAP on March 8, 2016 at 8:35 PM
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    I tried installing it that way but it gives an error “Failed to open OVF descriptor” and when I click finish it just closes

      • Ion on March 9, 2016 at 12:34 AM
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      No “Retry” button anymore? Might be because you have a more recent version of VMware and they removed it 🙁

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