Dec 12 2007

How to install the free ($) VMWare Server in Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10)

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I am a huge fan of VMware. I even write freelance articles about VMware and virtualization technology. With Ubuntu the cool factor with VMware is evident when you can have an Ubuntu workspace on one side of a spinning cube and a Windows Desktop on the other side of the spinning cube. Yes, I still need Windows for some things, but I have banished the OS to a Virtual Machine running in VMWare Server.

In Feisty Fawn VMWare Server was in the Ubuntu Commercial repository. Sadly, this is not the case yet with Gutsy Gibbon. If you can’t wait for the repository, then these steps are the ones that worked for me. Thanks to for leading me in the right direction.

-First you have to download VMware Server for linux from the VMWare Website (get the tar.gz package)

-After you have downloaded VMware Server for linux, go ahead and register to get your VMware Server serial numbers. You will need them later.

-Get your build environment installed by typing the following at the Terminal:
sudo apt-get install build-essential xinetd linux-headers-$(uname -r)

-Unpack VMWare Server by typing the following at the Terminal:
tar xvzf VMware-server-1.0.4-56528.tar.gz

-Navigate to the “vmware-server-distrib” folder by typing the following at the Terminal:
cd vmware-server-distrib/

-Finally, install VMware Server by typing the following at the Terminal
sudo ./

-Giving the default answers to the questions will usually get you through a vanilla install of VMWare Server. You will need one of those serial keys that you registered for at the end of the installation.

That’s it! You should be able to run VMware Server from “Applications -> System Tools -> VMware Server Console”.

If you have any questions on specific VMware setup, such as bridged vs nat virtual adapters and creating a virtual machine please let me know in the comments below or contact me and I will try to help you.

Happy Virtualizing!

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