**Vagrant/Hashicorp tech support definitely needs improvement.**
I have a AMD 32gb RAM CentOS 7.4 desktop at home that I use for virtualization machine testing.
I recently paid for and installed VMware Workstation and the Vagrant VMWare driver to use Vagrant with the machine for development and testing. I had been using VirtualBox but after all the flakiness I encountered running more than a five or six virtual boxes \(like locking up the out of the box CentOS video driver\), I decided to go back to VMWare since I never had an issue with it \(other than paying $149 for it\).
So I install everything and I get a Vagrant VMWare diver error saying **"*****INFO interface: error: Vagrant encountered an unexpected communications error with the Vagrant VMware Utility driver. Please try to run the command again. If this error persists, please contact [email protected]".*** No use. Error keeps occurring. I email Vagrant tech support who tell me to re\-install the drivers, re\-install again, and again, then ask me two times for the version numbers of all the software I was using that I had sent to them when I first opened the ticket.
After five days of back and forth I said screw it and I put a virgin install of Centos 7.4 fully patched on my machine along with the latest VMWare workstation, the Vagrant VMWare driver and Vagrant.
Guess what? Same error! Nice! Crap that won't run on a new install with nothing else on the box.
Long story short.. I found out that the Vagrant VMWare driver service kept aborting. Why? I don't know. Log messages were useless. I finally got the driver service to load manually and it must have done something in the background because now it runs consistently.
Anyway, moral to the gripe... think twice before spending any money on a Hashicorp product. While I love Vagrant and Terraform I don't think they are ready for prime time by any stretch of the imagination.
By the way... I haven't had a follow up from Hashicorp support after I exhausted their pathetic guesses.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested.