I am using VMware Player 5 (similar to Workstation 9) to run a Ubuntu 12.04 (64-bit) virtual machine. I was unable to set the resolution of Ubuntu inside the VM to 1920×1080, a common screen resolution for laptops and monitors. Here’s a workaround that enables 1920×1080 resolution.
The following commands should be run in Terminal.
These commands are documented in a Ubuntu forum and I filled in missing steps.