How To Install VMware Server On OpenSUSE 10.3

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Submitted by clmowers (Contact Author) (Forums) on Tue, 2008-03-25 12:17. :: SuSE | VMware | Virtualization

Install Vmware server on opensue 10.3


This is a tutorial on how to install Vmware server 1.05 on openSUSE 10.3. I use the default GNOME install and add needed packages.So lets start by downloading Vmware Server. You can find it here

http://www.vmware.com/download/server/ You will have to register for your free license, but its all good. Once you get to the linux downloads, you want to download the RPM package. So lets start


bold writing are command that you need to enter

red letting are command that you need to issue as root


  1. click on Computer > More Applications > YaST

  2. Put in root password for YaST

  3. Scroll down until you see Software Management and single click on it

  4. Check for the following software. If you don't have it installed, install it

    1. kernel-source

    2. gcc

    3. gcc-c++

    4. make (This is most likely already installed, but just to double check)

  5. Once you have installed that software, lets head over to the command line. Right click on the desktop and select “open terminal”

  6. Once you get into the terminal, you want to log in as a super user or root. You can do this by using the su command

    clmowers@linux-box:~> SU

    Password:

    linux-box:/home/clmowers #

  7. Next you want to run the following command. This will check for the needed software and it will also show you the kernel modules that are installed. You MUST have the same kernel numbers though out, or you will have issues later down the road

    rpm -qa kernel* gcc* make

    It will look like this when the command is run

    linux-box:/home/clmowers # rpm -qa kernel* gcc* make

    gcc-c++-4.2-24

    make-3.81-66

    kernel-source-2.6.22.17-0.1

    gcc42-c++-4.2.1_20070724-17

    kernel-default-2.6.22.17-0.1

    gcc-4.2-24

    gcc42-4.2.1_20070724-17

    Notice that both of the kernels are the same. If these numbers are diffent then you need to run the online updates to get the lastest ones and to make sure everything matches. ***Just remember that these numbers change, This was the latest kernel when I wrote this, yours might be different from mine.

  8. OK, lets move on. Next we want to change the directory to /usr/scr/linux. We can do that by this command

    linux-box:/home/clmowers # cd /usr/src/linux

  9. next we want to issue these commands. Don't worry, we are almost done in the command line for the time being.

    linux-box:/home/clmowers # make mrproper; make cloneconfig; make modules_prepare


    You will notice that it is done when you get back to this line

    linux-box:/home/clmowers #

  10. YEA!!! The moment we all have been waiting for, installing vmware server. But we are not done yet. Once vmware server is installed we will need to configure it. Then you can start adding all the VM that your heart desires.

  11. Next you want to go to where you have downloaded the file and right click and select install software

  12. Once the windows closes we are ready to configure it. I know I know, but we are almost done. Just 2 more minutes.

  13. open up a new terminal window (or open the one you already had) and issue this command

    linux-box:/home/clmowers # cd /usr/bin

    linux-box:/usr/bin #

  14. This will bring you to the /usr/bin directory. Next we want to run the pl script the vmware was so kind of to provide us. This will let us configure the server

    linux-box:/usr/bin # vmware-config.pl

  15. We will start out by reading the EULA. Hit space or enter to go through the agreement. Once you are done reading hit Q and then type yes. Now what I did was just accept all the defaults. This will give you a very good install of vmware. My only suggestion would be to create a folder under your /home/username/ directory called vms. When you get to the question asking you where you want to have your virutual machine saved, type in that location.

  16. You will be ask for your license key, so make sure that you have one. Type it in and press eneter.


There you have it. That was pretty simple. Now that we have vmware server installed we can install as many virtual machine as your computer can handle. But just for a reference, I have one computer running a intel celeron 2.40 GHz with 1 GB of ram running 5 VM 2 Windows server 2003 and 1 opensuse 10.3 and 2 ubuntu 7.10 server all running at the same time. Not bad considering the hardware. Anyways have fun and enjoy your new install of Vmware







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