How To Install VMware Server 2 On Ubuntu 9.10

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Author: Falko Timme
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Last edited 12/10/2009

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server 2 on an Ubuntu 9.10 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 TAR image (not the RPM image!) to your computer (e.g. to /home/falko/Downloads). 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 aptitude install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential xinetd

Then go to the location where you saved the VMware Server .tar.gz file, e.g. /home/falko/Downloads (replace falko with your own username!):

cd /home/falko/Downloads

Unpack the VMware Server .tar.gz file and run the installer:

tar xvfz VMware-server-*.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib
sudo ./vmware-install.pl

The installer will ask you a lot of questions. You can always accept the default values simply by hitting <ENTER>.

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From: at: 2009-12-22 05:25:32

this is a great help for me,,

GREAT!

thanks,

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From: jhone at: 2009-12-27 06:11:14

Good one!

From: at: 2010-01-28 08:56:38

I will test. thank

From: BK at: 2009-12-31 16:06:40

Thanks!  I am a long time Window's junkie who is making the jump into the linux world.  I was toiling with this install for a while before I came upon your write-up.  Good work!  Thanks!

From: Radu at: 2009-12-21 17:12:33

It is not advisable to create a password for the root account. Therefore you'd better use your own user account when you are asked about VMware's Server administrator account.

The installation without the required patch (as supplied in my script) will fail (and not gracefully). So I suggest using the script from the beginning because in some cases traces of a failed installation of VMware Server might interfere with the patched installation done after.

By the way, people on my blog have said that the script also works on OpenSUSE 11.2 (but one should alter the lines which handle package dependencies).

For Mandriva a reader of my blog (Oliver Burger) adapted the script and put it online here. More details about how to use the script on Mandriva are provided here (German).

Thank you for making my script more popular among the Linux users!

From: Jeffrey Anthony at: 2009-12-26 17:57:51

The script worked perfectly, thank you very much.

Now how would one go about remotely getting and using (i.e. seeing) a virtual desktop and how many concurrent and/or total desktops can one server handle?

From: Jakob at: 2009-12-27 17:49:44

Great tutorial. All works as described ... leaving me in state of total aw.

Would not have made it without your help. Thank you.

 

From: Arindam at: 2010-01-19 12:15:54

Excellent article, got vmware working on my Ubuntu9.10 box in no time. Thanks a lot:-).

From: Steven Barden at: 2010-01-23 02:20:58

Thank you very much for your extreamly helpful artical. I was about to go back to Win08 x64 Core, and you saved me, and gave me a perm reason to use linux daily. I blasted you on a previous artical. This is what I know admire your work for.

Thank you.

From: Anonymous at: 2010-02-14 12:19:13

thank you very much!

 I'm an absolute rookie with ubuntu / linux and your instructions worked for me :))

 tnx again

From: systek at: 2010-03-02 19:43:08

The tutorial really does the job! I succsesfully moved from win xp to ubuntu.

Thanks a lot.

From an new Linux user.

From: Riccardo at: 2010-04-05 17:03:33

I found a lot of howto's on the internet, but none worked. Your howto was the only one that solved my problem. Thanks!

From: Moran Levy at: 2010-04-10 07:14:46

Thanks for this post .

Please notice that the script is updated and the wget link will not work ,just go to  http://radu.cotescu.com/2009/10/30/how-to-install-vmware-server-2-0-x-on-ubuntu-9-10-karmic-koala/ ( as linked in the post ) and get the new link from there

From: Dave at: 2010-04-25 10:59:26

Great! Many thanks! It's working alright.

 

From: Anton at: 2010-05-15 16:38:32

Thank you very much, great article and script, worked first time