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14 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 OpenSUSE 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, e.g. to /home/falko/Desktop:

To get the serial number you need to run VMware Server, go to http://register.vmware.com/content/registration.html. Fill in your personal details. Afterwards you will get a page with a serial number for VMware Server. Write it down or print it out:

To install VMware Server, open a terminal and become root:

su

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

cd /home/falko/Desktop

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

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

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

When you see this...

You must read and accept the End User License Agreement to continue.
Press enter to display it.

... press <ENTER>. Read through the license until the end, then press

q

to leave the license. Then accept the license:

Do you accept? (yes/no) <-- yes

If you see this, answer with yes:

Your kernel was built with "gcc" version "4.3.1", while you are trying to use
"/usr/bin/gcc" version "4.3". This configuration is not recommended and VMware
Server may crash if you'll continue. Please try to use exactly same compiler as
one used for building your kernel. Do you want to go with compiler
"/usr/bin/gcc" version "4.3" anyway? [no]
<-- yes

The installation goes on. The installer will try to detect free subnets. If you get a screen like this:

. vmnet0 is bridged to eth0

lines 1-2/2 (END)

and you wonder why the installation doesn't go on: you must press

q

(just like with the license before).

The same goes for...

. vmnet8 is a NAT network on private subnet 172.16.127.0.

lines 1-2/2 (END)

... and:

. vmnet1 is a host-only network on private subnet 172.16.232.0.

lines 1-2/2 (END)

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.

If everything goes well, the end of the installer's output should look like this:

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

The configuration of VMware Server 1.0.6 build-91891 for Linux for this running
kernel completed successfully.

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

cd /home/falko/Desktop
rm -fr vmware-server-distrib
rm -f VMware-server-*.tar.gz

You will now find VMware Server under Computer > More Applications:

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):

 

15 Inventory (IV)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

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

Internet:
[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] Filezilla
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Azureus
[x] Monsoon
[x] Pidgin
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

Office:
[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] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] Brasero
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

Programming:
[x] Bluefish
[x] NVU
[x] Quanta Plus

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

 

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From: George at: 2008-09-17 09:58:32

I have used KDE 3.5 for long time. Now I switched to Gnome and I miss the short key functionality. I have installed Xbindkeys. I believe that a perfect desktop needs short key functionality.

Excellent job 

George

From: at: 2008-08-16 20:46:43

Thank you for this great tutorial!

 I was able to get Opensuse 11.0 configured with everything I need just by following this article, I appreciate your time in making it!

From: easgs at: 2008-09-12 23:07:02

I have created a Multimedia Pack portable for Open Suse 11, the included programs and codecs are:

1)  kchmviewer
2)  mplayer, mplayer plugin
3)  audacious
4)  k3b, k3b-codecs
5)  sox
6)  devede
7)  audacity
8)  avidemux
9)  ffmpeg
10) transcode
11) ntfs-config
12) vlc
13) libdvdcss
14) w32codecs
15) xine
16) xmms
17) dvdShrink
18) k9copy
19) Gtkpod
20) Acetoneiso
21) Furiousiso
22) DVD::RIP
23) Amarok
24) Kaffeine
25) kmplayer
26) Kdvdcreator
27) K3guitune
28) Kdvdauth
29) DVDAuthorWizard
30) Kguitar
31) Mjpegtools
32) Soundconverter
33) Gdvdcreator
34) Asunder
35) Brasero
36) Smplayer
37) LMMS
38) winff
39) KmediaFactory
40) DVD2Xvid

you can install any of the above without internet, they include all the dependencies, just unzip the both files into a folder named MMP2008 and create a repository from that folder as a simple rpm folder in yast, then make a search in the yast installer with the name of the program and check it to install it, this is very important if you don`t have internet at home, and besides, by default Open Suse doesn`t include several codecs due to license matters.

I created a blog about the MMP 2008 where you can download the pack:

http://easgs.wordpress.com/category/multimedia-pack-2008-for-open-suse-11/

From: Baldur2630 at: 2008-09-28 11:48:25

I followed the install exactly except I didn't use the live version, but downloaded the latest .iso and burned it to DVD.

Microsoft fonts wouldn't install - said there was a conflict with Agfa fonts and Google Earth installed, but if you try to run it, it shows the flash screeen and then changes runlevel and comes nack with the runlevel 5 login screen again.

 I can't see a way to un-install it either. Maybe it's missing the Microsoft fonts?

 

From: Baldur2630 at: 2008-09-28 17:20:27

I followed the install exactly except I didn't use the live version, but downloaded the latest .iso and burned it to DVD.

Microsoft fonts wouldn't install - said there was a conflict with Agfa fonts and Google Earth installed, but if you try to run it, it shows the flash screeen and then changes runlevel and comes nack with the runlevel 5 login screen again.

 I can't see a way to un-install it either. Maybe it's missing the Microsoft fonts?