How To Install VMware Server 2 On Ubuntu 10.10 (Kernel 2.6.35)

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Submitted by falko (Contact Author) (Forums) on Sun, 2010-12-19 18:21. :: Ubuntu | VMware | Desktop | Virtualization

How To Install VMware Server 2 On Ubuntu 10.10 (Kernel 2.6.35)

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Author: Falko Timme <ft [at] falkotimme [dot] com>
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Last edited 12/17/2010

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server 2 on an Ubuntu 10.10 desktop system. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems ("virtual machines") such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system. This has the benefit that you can run multiple operating systems on the same hardware which saves a lot of money, and you can move virtual machines from one VMware Server to the next one (or to a system that has the VMware Player which is also free).

Also, with VMware Server you can let your old Windows desktop (that you previously converted into a VMware virtual machine with VMware Converter, as described in this tutorial: http://www.howtoforge.com/vmware_converter_windows_linux) run under your Ubuntu desktop. This can be useful if you depend on some applications that exist for Windows only, or if you want to switch to Linux slowly.

I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

 

1 Preliminary Note

I'm using the user name falko with the home directory /home/falko here - please adjust this appropriately.

 

2 VMware Server

With VMware Server you can let your old Windows desktop (that you previously converted into a VMware virtual machine with VMware Converter, as described in this tutorial: http://www.howtoforge.com/vmware_converter_windows_linux) run under your Ubuntu desktop. This can be useful if you depend on some applications that exist for Windows only, or if you want to switch to Linux slowly.

To download VMware Server, go to http://www.vmware.com/products/server/ and click on Download:

On the next page, log in with your existing VMware account or create a new one:

Follow the on-screen instructions. At the end, you should receive an email with a link to your download page. On the download page, you should see two license numbers, one for Windows and one for Linux. Write down or save the one for Linux and scroll down.

Then download the VMware Server 2 for Linux .gz image (not the .rpm image!) to your computer (e.g. to /home/falko/Downloads) - I used the Manually Download link instead of the Start Download Manager button. Make sure you pick the right one for your architecture (32-bit or 64-bit):

Then open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and run the following command to install some necessary packages:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential xinetd


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Submitted by juanandrespbmd (not registered) on Wed, 2011-02-23 05:25.

Excellent tutorial.

It was useful for me.

 

Thank you.