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Friday, August 15, 2008

Mini HowTo - Vmware Server 1.0.6 on Ubuntu 8.04

So this is just a short how to for you guys out there on how to set up Vmware´s Server 1.0.6 on an Ubuntu LTS 8.04 installation. Mainly I have written this up to document how I got it working so if I need to do it any time soon I know where to come.

First things first get yourself up and running with Ubuntu. In this particular case I am using Desktop but I have done the exact same procedure a number of times on Ubuntu server no probs. This machine is actually one of four I regularly have sitting in front of me at work. It needs Vmware on it as I regularly run a half dozen vmś on each physical as well for reasons i cant be arsed explaining right now. Anyway, head here for a short and sweet (unlike this!) demonstration on how to do that .

Once you get to your desktop for the first time open up a terminal window and type the following: 

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential

sudo apt-get install xinetd

Go to http://www.vmware.com/download/server/ for the latest release and make sure at the top you register for a free serial number

tar -zxvf VMware-server-1.0.6-91891.tar.gz or whatever the filename is

cd VMware-server-1.0.6-XXXXX

sudo ./vmware-install.pl

Accept all the defaults except the networking questions. These you will need to determine yourself. I dont use NAT for instance because I like to access all my vm´s from direct IP´s supplied from my existing subnet.

Enter one of the serial numbers you attained earlier and finish the config.

Returning back to the prompt enter the following for the Server Console to load correctly...

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

And your all done with the installation!!

Launch the Vmware Server Console. Accessible from the Applications menu at the top left of your screen, under System Tools. Connect to the localhost and your away!

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