The Perfect Desktop - Part 1: Fedora Core 6 - Page 10
19 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 Fedora 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/download/server/ and click on Download Now:
Accept the license agreement by clicking on Yes:
Then download the VMware Server for Linux .tar.gz file (not the rpm file!), e.g. to /home/falko/Desktop:
Then open a terminal and become root:
Then do this:
It is possible that you get this error when you run the VMware installer later on:
make: Entering directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.19-1.2911.fc6-i686'
To avoid that, we simply create that config.h file now:
touch /usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`-i686/include/linux/config.h
Before we run the VMware installer, we should check our kernel version now by running:
For me, the output looks like this:
[root@localhost Desktop]# uname -r
Now we start the VMware installer:
The installer will ask you a lot of questions. You can always accept the default values simply by hitting <ENTER>. If you don't get any errors, go to chapter 19.1 Finishing The VMware Server Installation.
If your kernel is 2.6.19, you will most likely get an error like this:
Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
In kernel 2.6.19, CHECKSUM_HW has been replaced by CHECKSUM_PARTIAL. So if you get that error, do this:
In the text editor that comes up replace CHECKSUM_HW with CHECKSUM_PARTIAL, then save the file:
Do the same for the file userif.c:
This will take you through the VMware configuration again. Again, accept all default values.
If you get this error:
This program previously created the file /dev/vmmon, and was about to remove
mknod: `/dev/vmmon': File exists
again. This time the error will be gone, and the VMware Server installation should finally succeed.
19.1 Finishing The VMware Server Installation
At the end of the installation, you will be asked to enter a serial number:
Please enter your 20-character serial number.
Type XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX or 'Enter' to cancel:
Go to http://www.vmware.com/download/server/ again and click on the Register button:
Fill in your personal details. Afterwards you will get a page with serial numbers for VMware Server. Copy one of them and paste it into the terminal where you were asked for the serial number.
After the successful installation, you can delete the VMware Server download file and the installation directory:
You will now find VMware Server under Applications > System Tools:
When you start it, select Local host:
Afterwards, you can create virtual machines (or import your virtual Windows machine that you created with VMware Converter):
20 Inventory (IV)
We have now all wanted applications installed:
Sound & Video: