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kokpelli 27th December 2006 08:23

Couple of questions about Ubuntu Vmware install
Hi I followed the guide for the VMware Server install on Ubuntu LTS.
I was already using Ubuntu LTS as a desktop - so I just used that - I din't do a Ubuntu server install.

The install went fine. I am able to install guest operating systems from CDs.


1) Using the web interface I am not able to change options. Do I have to create a root account to do this? I only have my user account that I use with sudo.

2) Maybe I'm being an idiot, but how do you get the downloaded virtual appliances to work? I downloaded a few - I figured it would be as simple as putting them in the default directory for VMs. This didn't work.

Thank you!

till 27th December 2006 13:31

1) I guess you need a root user. I did not test it without root account as I wrote the howto.

2) Have you unpacked the .zip file. Please have a look at the vmware image importing guide, it is for windows but shall work for linux as well.

kokpelli 27th December 2006 14:33

Thanks Till,

I must of had a corrupt download or something. I tried the virtual appliance again and it worked fine.

Ok, with Ubuntu LTS - Do you know how to make a root account? I tried to add the user root with the gui (didn't try the CLI) and it said "that user already exists". But I never made a root account and I can't log in as root - just my normal account with sudo. :confused:

Thanks again!

till 27th December 2006 14:57

To set a password for the root account, open a shell window and switch to root with the following command:

sudo su

then use this command to set a root password:

passwd root

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