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18 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: 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.

Open a terminal and become root again:


Then install the prerequisites for VMware Server as follows (you might have installed them in chapter 7 already):

yum install kernel-devel-`uname -r` xinetd gcc gcc-c++ perl-devel perl-ExtUtils-Embed

To download VMware Server, go to 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 for Linux TAR image (not the RPM image!) to your hard drive (e.g. to /home/falko/Download):

In the terminal (you must still be root), go to the location where you saved the VMware Server .tar.gz file, e.g. /home/falko/Download (replace falko with your own username!):

cd /home/falko/Download/

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

tar xvfz VMware-server-*.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib

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

When the installer asks you

In which directory do you want to keep your virtual machine files?
[/var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines]

you can either accept the default value or specify a location that has enough free space to store your virtual machines.

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:

Fill in your serial number for VMware Server.

After the successful installation, you can delete the VMware Server download file and the installation directory:

cd /home/falko/Download
rm -f VMware-server*
rm -fr vmware-server-distrib/

VMware Server 2 does not have a desktop application for managing virtual machines - this is now done through a browser (e.g. Firefox). You can access the management interface over HTTPS (https://<IP ADDRESS>:8333) or HTTP (http://<IP ADDRESS>:8222); the management interface can be accessed locally and also remotely. If you want to access it from the same machine, type or into the browser's address bar.

If you're using Firefox 3 and use HTTPS, Firefox will complain about the self-signed certificate, therefore you must tell Firefox to accept the certificate - to do this, click on the Or you can add an exception... link:

Click on Add Exception...:

The Add Security Exception window opens. In that window, click on the Get Certificate button first and then on the Confirm Security Exception button:

Afterwards, you will see the VMware Server login form. Type in root and your root password:

This is how the VMware Server web interface looks. The structure is similar to the old VMware Server 1 desktop application, so the usage of the web interface is pretty straightforward.


19 Inventory (IV)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

[x] Gimp
[x] F-Spot
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] FileZilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus/Vuze
[x] Transmission BitTorrent Client
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Kompozer
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[x] VMware Server
[x] TrueType Fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS Partitions


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By: MoshutZu

Thanks a LOT man! ;-)

Greetings from Romania.

By: Anonymous

Yes, fantastic to install all apps you can find...

By: Alex

Hy, do you know how to configurate the internet for fedora 10 . I've install it on my laptop along with vista :D ...and the internet doesn't work on fedora :(

By: Louise

A brilliant guide Falko. Fedora just gets easier and easier as well as more powerful and cleaner. It's going to take over the world! (... well, maybe). There are a few packages and commands that aren't on here that I found useful at Between these two tutorials anything seems possible on Fedora. We are all very grateful for the time you guys spend helping the rest of us enjoy the delights of the new world order of operating systems.

By: zaine_ridling

Wow! Kudos to Falko Timme for a thorough, clear Fedora tutorial. Would have loved to seen one line on adding UnRAR, but not a big deal. Also appreciated are the tips throughout, such as disabling SELinux.

By: not24

I love being able to pull up these tutorials when installing a new system to get all the details correct.  After trying vmware 1.0, 2.0, and workstation 6.5 (after using Fusion on a Mac) I would highly suggest vmware 1.0 over any of the other products. From key mapping issues to console performance, it just seems to provide a much richer user experience for desktop use.

By: Ravnos

Good job !

I think wine would be worthy mentioning too, I run VirtuaDub here and some games like Diablo II and World of Warcraft through wine  (only the latter required minor tweaks, like passing the -opengl flag to the launcher to run smooth).

 System>Add/Remove Software  -  search for "wine"

By: Jules

We really appreciate your time and effort.

This tutorial was invaluable!

Awesome work!


By: Anonymous

Thanks very much this information was very helpful. VMWare gave me trouble until I completely disabled SELinux but now is working fine with WinXP.


Karl in Los Angeles

By: Ahmad Alhosiny

thank you for this great explanation