How to Install VMware Server on Linux

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VMware is the one of leading provider of virtualization products such as VMware     workstation,Server, fusion, Appliances. Here we will see about the installation of the VMware server on the Linux Operating system. Because Linux is very robust one, it free too. You get the Overview here

The requirement of the VMware server:

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You can install the VMware Server software on a Windows or Linux server. You can store virtual machines on the server host or locate them on a network share.

  • Standard x86‐compatible or x86‐64‐compatible server with up to 16 processors.Hosts with 32‐bit IA‐32 processors and IA‐32 processors with 64‐bit extensions are supported.
  •  733MHz or faster CPU minimum.
  • Minimum of 512MB of memory (2GB is recommended). The total amount of memory you can assign to all virtual machines running on a single host is limited only by the amount of memory on the host computer.
  •  IDE and SCSI hard drives are supported.
  • At least 1.7GB free disk space is required for basic installation. You can delete the installer afterwards to reclaim approximately 600MB disk space.
  • IDE and SCSI optical drives are supported. CD‐ROM and DVD‐ROM drives are supported. ISO disk image files are supported.
  • Any Ethernet controller supported by the host operating system.

Linux Host Operating system Requirements:

64‐bit host computers can run the following operating systems for 64‐bit extended
systems:

  • Mandriva Corporate Server 4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4.5
  •  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP4
  •  Ubuntu Linux 8.04
  • Ubuntu Linux 7.10
  • Ubuntu Linux 7.04
  • Ubuntu Linux 6.10
  • Ubuntu Linux 6.06

32‐bit host computers can run the following operating systems:

  • Mandrake Linux 10.1
  • Mandriva Corporate Server 4
  •  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4.5
  •  SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP4
  •  TurboLinux Enterprise Server 10
  •  Ubuntu Linux 8.04
  • Ubuntu Linux 7.10
  • Ubuntu Linux 7.04
  • Ubuntu Linux 6.10
  • Ubuntu Linux 6.06

If your machine meets the above requirements you can starts to install on Linux host.

Here we go. In  this we are going to install the VMware server on Linux. In this i used the rpm based installation of VMware.

First download the VMware server from the official website.

Download the RPM one for the installation.

Install the VMware using the following command.

[root@localhost ~]# rpm -Uvh VMware-server-2.0.2-203138.i386.rpm

Preparing… ########################################### [100%]

1:VMware-server ########################################### [100%]

The installation of VMware Server 2.0.2 for Linux completed successfully.

You can decide to remove this software from your system at any time by

invoking the following command: “rpm -e VMware-server”.

Before running VMware Server for the first time, you need to

configure it for your running kernel by invoking the

following command: “/usr/bin/vmware-config.pl”.

Enjoy,

–the VMware team

The above command finished the installation of VMware server, but we need to do some configiuration for sucessful working condition.

type the following command to start the configuration.

[root@localhost ~]# /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl

Making sure services for VMware Server are stopped.

Stopping VMware autostart virtual machines:

Virtual machines                                                                          [FAILED]

Stopping VMware management services:

VMware Virtual Infrastructure Web Access

VMware Server Host Agent                                                      [FAILED]

Stopping VMware services:

VMware Authentication Daemon                                           [ OK ]

Virtual machine monitor                                                            [ OK ]

You must read and accept the End User License Agreement to continue.

Press enter to display it.

Do you accept? (yes/no) yes

Thank you.

The bld-2.6.18-8.el5-i686smp-RHEL5 – vmmon module loads perfectly into the running kernel.

The bld-2.6.18-8.el5-i686smp-RHEL5 – vmci module loads perfectly into the running kernel.

The bld-2.6.18-8.el5-i686smp-RHEL5 – vsock module loads perfectly into the running kernel.

Do you want networking for your virtual machines? (yes/no/help) [yes]  

Configuring a bridged network for vmnet0.

Please specify a name for this network.

[Bridged]

The following bridged networks have been defined:

. vmnet0 is bridged to eth0

All your ethernet interfaces are already bridged.

Do you want to be able to use NAT networking in your virtual machines? (yes/no)

[yes]

Configuring a NAT network for vmnet8.

Please specify a name for this network. [NAT]

Do you want this program to probe for an unused private subnet? (yes/no/help)

[yes]

Probing for an unused private subnet (this can take some time)…

The subnet 172.16.128.0/255.255.255.0 appears to be unused.

The following NAT networks have been defined:

. vmnet8 is a NAT network on private subnet 172.16.128.0.

Do you wish to configure another NAT network? (yes/no) [no]

Do you want to be able to use host-only networking in your virtual machines?

[yes]

Configuring a host-only network for vmnet1.

Please specify a name for this network.

[HostOnly]

Do you want this program to probe for an unused private subnet? (yes/no/help)

[yes]

Probing for an unused private subnet (this can take some time)…

The subnet 172.16.51.0/255.255.255.0 appears to be unused.

The following host-only networks have been defined:

. vmnet1 is a host-only network on private subnet 172.16.51.0.

Do you wish to configure another host-only network? (yes/no) [no]

The bld-2.6.18-8.el5-i686smp-RHEL5 – vmnet module loads perfectly into the

running kernel.

Please specify a port for remote connections to use [902]

Please specify a port for standard http connections to use [8222]

Please specify a port for secure http (https) connections to use [8333]

The current administrative user for VMware Server is ”. Would you like to

specify a different administrator? [no]yes

Please specify the user whom you wish to be the VMware Server administrator

root

Using root as the VMware Server administrator.

In which directory do you want to keep your virtual machine files?

[/var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines]

The path “/var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines” does not exist currently. This

program is going to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this

what you want? [yes]

Please enter your 20-character serial number.

Type XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX or ‘Enter’ to cancel: A225W-FP363-UF85N-4LJ22W (This is invalid key. Use your own key)

Creating a new VMware VIX API installer database using the tar4 format.

Installing VMware VIX API.

In which directory do you want to install the VMware VIX API binary files?

[/usr/bin]

In which directory do you want to install the VMware VIX API library files?

[/usr/lib/vmware-vix/lib]

The path “/usr/lib/vmware-vix/lib” does not exist currently. This program is going to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you want?

[yes]

In which directory do you want to install the VMware VIX API document pages?

[/usr/share/doc/vmware-vix]

The path “/usr/share/doc/vmware-vix” does not exist currently. This program is going to create it, including needed parent directories. Is this what you want?

[yes]

The installation of VMware VIX API 1.6.2 build-203138 for Linux completed  successfully. You can decide to remove this software from your system at any  time by invoking the following command: “/usr/bin/vmware-uninstall-vix.pl”.

Enjoy,

–the VMware team

Starting VMware services:
Virtual machine monitor                                                    [  OK  ]
Virtual machine communication interface                          [  OK  ]
VM communication interface socket family:                       [  OK  ]
Virtual ethernet                                                               [  OK  ]
Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0                               [  OK  ]
Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background)     [  OK  ]
DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1                                         [  OK  ]
Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background)     [  OK  ]
DHCP server on /dev/vmnet8                                         [  OK  ]
NAT service on /dev/vmnet8                                          [  OK  ]
VMware Server Authentication Daemon (background)      [  OK  ]
Shared Memory Available                                                 [  OK  ]
Starting VMware management services:
VMware Server Host Agent (background)                       [  OK  ]
VMware Virtual Infrastructure Web Access
Starting VMware autostart virtual machines:
Virtual machines                                                            [  OK  ]

The configuration of VMware Server 2.0.2 build-203138 for Linux for this  running kernel completed successfully.

Access the VMware server by typing http://127.0.0.1:8222 in web browser.

Type the password to access the VMware Server.

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