VMware Server On Ubuntu 8.04 Mini-Howto 

When upgrading from Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.04 my VMware server stopped working, this what I had to do to get it up and running:

Needed if upgrading VMware installation:

sudo ./vmware-install.pl

VMware wont compile with the new kernel, use this patch:

wget http://vmkernelnewbies.googlegroups.com/web/vmware-any-any-update-116.tgz
tar -zxf vmware-any-any-update-116.tgz
cd vmware-any-any-update-116

Apply the patch:

sudo ./runme.pl
sudo vmware-config.pl

VMware console wont run without this:

cp /lib/libgcc_s.so.1 /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libgcc_s.so.1/libgcc_s.so.1

You might need gcc3.4 as well.


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By: gosvaz

Exactly what i need. Works flawlessly.

Thank you very much :D


From the Ubuntu forums:


# sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

This will allow the system to ping to find unused subnets.

By: chris

Hey Grim76,

Hey thanks so much for this. Saved me a lot of frustration. vmware-config.pl gave me issues about incompatible gcc version. It installed but it was looking as stable as the global financial system. It crashed everytime i thought it had compiled. I then just copied and pasted this in terminal

cp /lib/libgcc_s.so.1 /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libgcc_s.so.1/libgcc_s.so.1

and it fixed it. I didn't follow the first 3 steps but this sorted it anyway.

Thanks again


This worked perfectly for me.



I'm using vmware server 1.0.5. After update from 7.10 to 8.04  I just run vmware-config.pl again and everything worked fine.

I removed some unused operating systems (windows), installed new clean 8.04 and try to install the same vmware distribution. It did not worked even with vmware-any-any-update-116.

This worked for me:


I hope you will find this link usefull to.