The VMware Authorization Service is not running

When I tried to run my new Ubuntu virtual machine using the free VMware Player, I was hit with this error message:

Error while powering on: The VMware Authorization Service is not running.

Error while powering on: The VMware Authorization Service is not running.

The first thing I did was check to see if such a service was running, and, sure enough, it was.

The VMware Authorization service is clearly marked as "Started" in the Services screen.

The VMware Authorization service is clearly marked as “Started” in the service configuration screen.

Solution

After seeing this… it occurred to me: did I even launch VMware Player with administrative rights? Probably not. Sure enough, when I enabled administrative rights, the error message didn’t appear.