How To Install VMware Server 1.0.4 On Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions about how to install the free VMware Server on an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) 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).

Build Environment

Make sure you have the needed build environment and tools to compile the vmware modules for the kernel.

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

Downloading VMware Server

Vmware Server can be downloaded from:

After accepting the EULA grab the vmware server .tgz file (around 102MB).

Note: As of right now VMware Server won't compile correctly on Gutsy without patching the vmmon file.

Patch information can be found here:

The patch can be downloaded here:

Installing VMware Server - Source Tar Ball

Untar the VMware Server package:

tar xvzf /Path/To/VMware-server-1.0.4-56528.tar.gz

Untar the vmware-any-any patch:

tar xvzf /Path/To/vmware-any-any-update114.tar.gz

Copy the patched vmmon modules to the VMware Source library:

cp vmware-any-any-update114/*.tar vmware-server-distrib/lib/modules/source/

Change into the install directory:

 cd vmware-server-distrib

Run the installer:

sudo ./

Choose defaults to all the questions, though you will probably want to manually choose which networking features you want. To access the server run:


for the VMware Server Console.

Installing VMware Server - Ubuntu Commercial Repository

Add Ubuntu Commercial repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

echo "deb feisty-commercial main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list

Run apt update to download latest package list:

sudo apt-get update

Install VMware Server via apt:

sudo apt-get install vmware-server

Start the remote access console by going to Applications > System Tools > VMware Server Console in the menus OR run:


from the command line.

Share this page:

Suggested articles

5 Comment(s)

Add comment



How come such a crap makes it's way on Howtoforge?!

"As of right now VMware Server won't compile correctly on Gutsy without patching the vmmon file"

1. You ain't compiling vmware server, you are installing it from a binary package.

2. Installed it w/o patching couple of days ago. Have I done smth wrong? No patching is needed for Gutsy.

3. It's far better to alien the .rpm and install from the .deb that comes out.

4. What about the web-frontend that comes with vmware server?

5. Etc. 



This howto probably assumes that you installed a Gutsy desktop version. It seems the VMware installation needs the x-window system to install correctly so starting with only a server installation runs you into all sorts of problems.  This post from James Little got me on the right track again and solved all my problems.



You have to go to the Third Party Software tab and check the ubuntu gusty partner repository.

 Update your repositories and then you can just check vmware-server and accept the additions.   You will get a pop up screen asking for your vmware serial, paste it in and you are good to go. 




This how-to would have been a lot more helpful if it had made it clear that it is for Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop, not Server. I spent ages working out why it wouldn't install on the Server version.


got vmware console running on 64bit hardy with following commands

sudo ln -sf /lib/ /usr/lib/vmware/lib/
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/vmware/lib/

sudo ln -s /usr/lib32 /usr/l32
sudo sed -i -e 's/usr\/lib/usr\/l32/g' /usr/lib32/gtk-2.0/2.10.0/loader-files.d/libgtk2.0-0.loaders
sudo sed -i -e 's/usr\/lib/usr\/l32/g' /usr/lib32/

used server 1.0.5 and any-any update 116