Can CentOS 5 run as guest OS on VMWare server

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by satimis, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. satimis

    satimis New Member

    Hi folks,


    Hardware
    AMD Athlon64 x2 3000 AM2
    RAM - 2G dual channel 6400

    VMWare server 1.0.4
    Host OS - Ubuntu 7.04 server amd64


    Can I install CentOS amd64 as guest OS on VMWare? Are there any foreseeable problem?

    TIA


    B.R.
    satimis
     
  2. dtrotter

    dtrotter New Member

    I have run CentOS 5 under VMware, but the host OS was Win2k3. The install seemed to take forever, but once it was installed everything was fine.

    Devin
     
  3. deadwait

    deadwait New Member

    hi , i have just today installed a centos 5 as a guest os on vmware server which runs on ubuntu gutsy gibbons tribe 5 release , my cpu is intel 1.8ghz and ram is 512mb, its running smooth as of yet, i have set it up for learning RHCE.

    Allan
     
  4. satimis

    satimis New Member

    Hi folks,


    Tks for your advice.


    Re manual/guide for installing CentOS 5 as guest OS on VMware 1.0.4, I don't have it. I have manual for installing Window 2003 server and OpenSuse as guest OS on VMWare.


    Google search did not find it. Is there manual on direct installation via BT or CD/DVD? TIA


    satimis
     
  5. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    You can install CentOS like any other distribution under VMware. Why do you need a guide for it?
     
  6. satimis

    satimis New Member

    This is my 1st experiment building a virtual machine. I'm following this guide;
    How to create a virtual machine with VMware on Linux:
    http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid94_gci1245061,00.html

    It runs Window 2003 server as an example.


    Now I have "VMware Server Console" running.
    $ /usr/bin/vmware-server-console
    starts the "VMware Server Console" window ready for installing guest OS.

    Also I have "CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64.zip" download and extracted on
    Code:
    /home/satimis/CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64/
    CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64-s001.vmdk
    CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64-s002.vmdk
    CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64-s003.vmdk
    CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64-s004.vmdk
    CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64-s005.vmdk
    CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64.vmdk
    CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64.vmsd
    CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64.vmx
    nvram
    readme
    
    I have no idea how to proceed. Neither their "readme" file provides instruction. Is /home/satimis/CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64/ an ideal path for its installation.

    OR
    I have to move it to;
    /usr/local/src/CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64/
    ???


    Advice would be appreciated. TIA


    B.R.
    satimis
     
  7. dtrotter

    dtrotter New Member

    All of the VMDK files are VMWare disk images, so you can attach those to the VMWare session and boot from them and or use them in VMWare, etc... What does the readme say? I have always just downloaded the ISO for the guest os I want to install, tell VMWare to boot from that ISO and instlal it just like it was a regular install.

    D
     
  8. satimis

    satimis New Member

    Thanks for your advice. Please advise in more detail with example, if possible.


    I can start

    satimis@ubuntu:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware start
    Code:
    Password:
    Starting httpd.vmware:
    satimis@ubuntu:~$ /usr/bin/vmware-server-console
    Code:
    /usr/lib/vmware-server-console/bin/vmware-server-console: /usr/lib/vmware-server-console/lib/libpng12.so.0/libpng12.so.0: no version information available (required by /usr/lib32/libcairo.so.2)
    
    start VMWare-Server-Console window as user.

    To install guest OS can I work as user OR must be root;
    $ sudo /usr/bin/vmware-server-console
    ???

    $ cat /home/satimis/CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64/readme
    Code:
    "LAMP" CentOS-5 x86_64 installation
    
    root password: centos
    remote acces with ssh enable
    
    updated on 'Tue Oct  2 14:44:12 CEST 2007'
    
    100Hz kernel added and being default, see
    http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=2189 and
    http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=1722
    

    B.R.
    satimis
     
  9. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    I VMware, there's an option to import existing vms (I think it's under File > Import). Please try that.
     
  10. satimis

    satimis New Member

    Hi folks,


    Thanks for your advice. I got it done.


    satimis@ubuntu:~$ sudo chown satimis:satimis /home/satimis/.vmware/preferences
    Password:
    satimis@ubuntu:~$ /usr/bin/vmware-server-console

    starts vmware-server-console

    Open a Virtural Machine -> Location -> Browse - CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64.vmx -> Power on the Virtural Machine -> highlight "CentOS-5lamp/x86_64 /home/satimis/CentOS_lamp.x86_64.... -> OK -> Edit Virtual Machine Settings ->
    Memory - 512MB (I have 2G RAM onboard. Only keep the default setting=512MB)
    Processor - select "Two"
    others not changed

    Code:
    (Remark:
    - please advise are there other items requesting "change"?
    - how about the partitioning of the HD ?)
    
    -> OK -> Power on this virutal machine ->

    Error popup
    Code:
    Cannot find a serial number to unlock this version of VMware Server.
    Please ask your system administrator to run "vmware-config.pl"
    and enter the serial number. For more information, please read
    the INSTALL file in VMware Server's documentation directory.
    [OK]
    

    Start a new Console.

    satimis@ubuntu:~$ cd /usr/local/src/vmware-server-distrib-1.0.4-56528/
    satimis@ubuntu:/usr/local/src/vmware-server-distrib-1.0.4-56528$ sudo /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl
    Code:
    
    Making sure services for VMware Server are stopped.
    
    Stopping VMware services:
       Virtual machine monitor                                             done
       Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                                   done
       DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1                                          done
       Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1                                 done
       DHCP server on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
       NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
       Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8                                 done
       Virtual ethernet                                                    done
    
    Configuring fallback GTK+ 2.4 libraries.
    
    In which directory do you want to install the mime type icons? 
    [/usr/share/icons] [Enter]
    
    What directory contains your desktop menu entry files? These files have a 
    .desktop file extension. [/usr/share/applications] [Enter]
    
    In which directory do you want to install the application's icon? 
    [/usr/share/pixmaps] [Enter]
    
    Trying to find a suitable vmmon module for your running kernel.
    
    None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Server is suitable for your 
    running kernel.  Do you want this program to try to build the vmmon module for 
    your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)? [yes] [Enter]
    
    Using compiler "/usr/bin/gcc". Use environment variable CC to override.
    
    What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
    kernel? [/lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/build/include] [Enter]
    
    Would you like to skip networking setup and keep your old settings as they are?
    (yes/no) [yes] [Enter]
    
    Shutting down http.vmware
    Starting httpd.vmware:
    Please specify a port for remote console connections to use [902] [Enter]
    
    Do you want this program to set up permissions for your registered virtual 
    machines?  This will be done by setting new permissions on all files found in 
    the "/etc/vmware/vm-list" file. [no] [Enter]
    
    Generating SSL Server Certificate
    
    In which directory do you want to keep your virtual machine files? 
    [/var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines] [Enter]
    
    Please enter your 20-character serial number.
    
    Type XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX or 'Enter' to cancel:  abcde-fghij-klmno-pqrst
    
    Starting VMware services:
       Virtual machine monitor                                             done
       Virtual ethernet                                                    done
       Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                                   done
       Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background)                    done
       Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background)                    done
       NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
       Starting VMware virtual machines...                                 done
    
    The configuration of VMware Server 1.0.4 build-56528 for Linux for this running
    kernel completed successfully.
    
    Setup found that the VMware Management Interface is installed on your machine. 
    The VMware Management Interface configurator (/usr/bin/vmware-config-mui.pl) 
    needs to be run. Do you want to run this program now? [yes] [Enter]
    
    File /usr/lib/vmware-mui/apache/conf/httpd.conf is backed up to 
    /usr/lib/vmware-mui/apache/conf/httpd.conf.old.0.
    
    Configuring httpd.conf to run Apache as: 
    User: www-data and Group: nogroup
    
    File /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware is backed up to /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware.old.0.
    
    Set the number of minutes before a http session times out. (This is the length 
    of time before someone connecting to VMware Management Interface will be logged
    out) [60] [Enter]
    
    Generating SSL Server Certificate
    
       Starting httpd.vmware:-ne                                          failed
    
    The configuration of VMware Management Interface completed successfully.
    

    satimis@ubuntu:/usr/local/src/vmware-server-distrib-1.0.4-56528$ sudo /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware start
    Starting httpd.vmware:-ne failed


    On another console

    satimis@ubuntu:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware start
    Password:
    Starting httpd.vmware:-ne failed

    Same result.


    satimis@ubuntu:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/vmware restart
    Code:
    Stopping VMware services:
       Virtual machine monitor                                             done
       Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                                   done
       DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1                                          done
       Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1                                 done
       DHCP server on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
       NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
       Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8                                 done
       Virtual ethernet                                                    done
    Starting VMware services:
       Virtual machine monitor                                             done
       Virtual ethernet                                                    done
       Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                                   done
       Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background)                    done
       Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background)                    done
       NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                                          done
       Starting VMware virtual machines...                                 done
    
    satimis@ubuntu:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware start
    Code:
       Starting httpd.vmware:-ne                                          failed
    

    $ sudo rm /usr/local/src/vmware-server-console-distrib/etc/not_configured
    $ sudo rm /usr/local/src/vmware-server-distrib-1.0.4-56528/etc/not_configured
    $ sudo rm /usr/local/src/vmware-mui-distrib-1.0.4-56528/etc/not_configured
    reboot PC

    All did not help.


    satimis@ubuntu:~$ cd /tmp/
    satimis@ubuntu:/tmp$ wget http://users.piuha.net/martti/comp/ubuntu/httpd.vmware.diff
    satimis@ubuntu:/tmp$ cd /
    satimis@ubuntu:/$ sudo patch -b -p0 < /tmp/httpd.vmware.diff
    Code:
    Password:
    patching file /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware
    patching file /usr/lib/vmware-mui/src/lib/httpd.vmware
    
    satimis@ubuntu:/$ sudo /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware start
    Code:
       Starting httpd.vmware: perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
    perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
            LANGUAGE = (unset),
            LC_ALL = (unset),
            LANG = "en_HK.UTF-8"
        are supported and installed on your system.
    perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").
    
    satimis@ubuntu:/$ sudo cp -p /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware.origin
    satimis@ubuntu:/$ sudo nano /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware
    adding following line
    Code:
    export LC_ALL=C ; export LANG=C 
    
    at the beginning.

    Code:
    Is here the right file and right place adding the above line
    ???
    
    satimis@ubuntu:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/httpd.vmware start
    Code:
    Password:
       Starting httpd.vmware:                                              done
    
    Now it works.

    satimis@ubuntu:~$ /usr/bin/vmware-server-console
    starts vmware-server-console

    Repeat following steps
    Code:
    Open a Virtural Machine -> Location -> Browse - CentOS-5_lamp.x86_64.vmx -> Power on the Virtural Machine -> highlight "CentOS-5lamp/x86_64 /home/satimis/CentOS_lamp.x86_64.... -> OK ->  Edit Virtual Machine Settings ->
    Memory - 512MB (I have 2G RAM onboard.  Only keep the default setting=512MB) 
    Processor - select "Two"
    -> Power On this virtual machine
    
    CentOS 5 starts to boot finally ending at
    localhost login : root
    password
    [root@localhost]#


    What shall be the next?

    What are the function of these 2 kernels

    Cent 2.6.18 ........el5vm
    Cent 2.6.18 ........el5

    ???


    IIRC I came across a Howtoforge tutorial re setup LAMP on CentOS 5 before. Any advice? TIA


    Edit:

    Finally I found following documents

    1)
    The Perfect Setup - CentOS 5.0 (32-bit)
    http://howtoforge.org/perfect_setup_centos5.0

    I'm running 64bit CentOS 5. I do hope that the document also works on 64bit.


    2)
    Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On CentOS 5.0
    http://howtoforge.org/taxonomy/term/57


    I think 1) above will be more suitable for me. Advice would be appreciated. TIA



    B.R.
    satimis
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2007

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