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17 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 Mandriva 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 (not the rpm file!) to your desktop (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:
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!):
Unpack the VMware Server .tar.gz file and run the installer:
tar xvfz VMware-server-*.tar.gz
The installer will ask you a lot of questions. You can always accept the default values simply by hitting <ENTER>.
If the VMware installer doesn't find your kernel header files automatically, i.e. if you see this question:
What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
and press <ENTER>, and the same question comes up again, you have to type in the correct path manually:
where <yourkernel> must be replaced with the kernel that the uname -r command returned. So I type in:
When the installer asks you
In which directory do you want to keep your virtual machine files?
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:
rm -f VMware-server*
rm -fr vmware-server-distrib/
VMware Server is now installed, but unfortunately there's no menu entry for it. To create one manually, right-click on Applications and select Edit Menus:
Mark Tools in the left window (to create the VMware menu entry in the Applications > Tools submenu) and click on the New Item button:
A Launcher Properties window comes up. Fill in the following details:
- Type: Application
- Name: VMware Server
- Command: vmware (in lowercase letters - that's the command that starts VMware Server)
- Comment: You can leave it empty.
The VMware icon gets selected automagically. Click on Close afterwards:
Click on Close again to leave the menu editor:
You will now find VMware Server under Applications > Tools:
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):
18 Inventory (IV)
We have now all wanted applications installed:
[x] The GIMP
[x] Flash Player
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC
[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
Sound & Video:
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Real Player
[x] KompoZer (Nvu)
[x] Quanta Plus
[x] VMware Server
[x] True Type fonts
[x] NTFS Read-/Write Support
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