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Thread: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

  1. #1021
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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    My vmware did not run properly. Instead, it gave me the following error messages. Please help.

    shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories: No such file or directory
    /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libpng12.so.0/libpng12.so.0: no version information available (required by /usr/lib/libcairo.so.2)
    shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories: No such file or directory
    /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libpng12.so.0/libpng12.so.0: no version information available (required by /usr/lib/libcairo.so.2)
    /usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libpng12.so.0/libpng12.so.0: no version information available (required by /usr/lib/libcairo.so.2)

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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    what version of ubuntu, and vmware server are you running?

    how did you install vmware? did you get any errors there?
    Veloce
    Ubuntu 9.04 64bit on Dell Vostro 1510, Core2 Duo T8100, Nvidia 8400M , Intel 1395 Wireless.
    OK: Wireless, kvm, Canon irc2880, Synergy.

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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    ARGGGGG THIS IS DRIVING ME MAD!!!!!!

    I stumbled across this thread and thought it look fantastic so i'd give it a go. Downloaded and ran the script etc but couldn't get the install to work, it got about halfway through then returned an error. So I had a bit of a dig around and found that VMware is available on the Synaptic manager, so I thought that would be the best way to go. Selected the install, and it finds the previous attempt and tells me to uninstall it or 'purge' it. But as i've not managed to install it fully it looks like I can't uninstall it!!!

    example:

    andy@Our-PC:~$ sudo apt-get remove --purge vmware-server
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Package vmware-server is not installed, so not removed
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    andy@Our-PC:~$

    I've tried the uninstall

    andy@Our-PC:~/vmware-server-distrib$ sudo ./vmware-install.pl
    A previous installation of VMware software has been detected.

    The previous installation was made by the tar installer (version 3).

    Keeping the tar3 installer database format.

    Error: Unable to execute "/home/andy/vmware/vmware-uninstall.pl.

    Failure

    Execution aborted.

    andy@Our-PC:~/vmware-server-distrib$



    Any ideas?

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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    My install/uninstall problems have always been solved by:
    Code:
    $ sudo rm -rf /etc/vmware
    YMMV

    Good luck

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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    Thanks, i've sorted it now. I searched for vmware and removed all references that I could find then wen into synaptic to install vmware server. I've just finished installing windows and it looks pretty good.

    I'm having another problem now, all my media is on my external hard drive, I've installed windows onto the same external hard drive in a partition. How do I get windows to see the files I've got on the same hard drive in a different partition?

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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    Quote Originally Posted by doublehard View Post
    Thanks, i've sorted it now. I searched for vmware and removed all references that I could find then wen into synaptic to install vmware server. I've just finished installing windows and it looks pretty good.

    I'm having another problem now, all my media is on my external hard drive, I've installed windows onto the same external hard drive in a partition. How do I get windows to see the files I've got on the same hard drive in a different partition?
    Be VERY careful here. You must never have the host and vm directly accessing the same hard disk!

    The best way to share information between them is to use the host only virtual network and samba.
    Veloce
    Ubuntu 9.04 64bit on Dell Vostro 1510, Core2 Duo T8100, Nvidia 8400M , Intel 1395 Wireless.
    OK: Wireless, kvm, Canon irc2880, Synergy.

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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    Quote Originally Posted by Peturrr View Post
    Are you too having problems with software that is only available on Windows and not on Linux? Are you still Dual Booting to solve this problem? After this HowTo you will never need to dual-boot again for your windows only software, like Adobe CS!


    Info That sounds great, but how?
    Did you ever heard about Virtual Machines? There is software available that can run Windows XP or any other Operating System inside your main Operating System. This means that you can run Windows XP in Ubuntu without the need to Reboot/Dual Boot.

    That sounds slow...
    It is indeed a little slower, but really: a little. Personally I am very willing to sacrifice that little speed in order to avoid Dual Booting.

    What else can I do with it?
    Run seperate Operating Systems for Online Banking and other things that you want to secure. Try out new Ubuntu Versions without Dual Booting, Try out other Linux Distro's etc.

    What can I not do with it?
    You will not be able to use hardware that doesn't work on Ubuntu. This is very important to understand!
    The Virtual Machine runs on top of Ubuntu, so it can only acces Ubuntu detected devices. It is a virtual machine with virtual hardware.

    Also don't expect to be gaming on a Virtual Machine at this moment. Heavy Videocard 3d things are just not supported right now. So for gaming it's unfortunately a no go. For everything else, just try it out!


    Requirements
    • Ubuntu Edgy, Dapper or Breezy
    • A Windows (XP) Installation CD & Key
    • Internet Connection (+- 100 Megabyte file download)

    Procedure

    First we need to install a few dependencies:

    In a terminal type
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential xinetd
    This will install all needed dependencies (atleast I hope so )

    Breezy users will also need to install gcc-3.4.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gcc-3.4
    We are now ready to download VMWare Server.
    • Go to http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
    • On the menu on the right click: Download VMWare Server
    • Click on the appropriate Download Now button.
    • Register as new user, do give a valid email adres, since you will be receiving the registration key by email.
    • Select the VMWare Server beta (for Linux)
    • Accept the EULA
    • Download VMware Server for Linux. (first mentioned, binary (.tar.gz) )
    The Installation
    • Open the downloaded file with the archive manager.
    • Extract it to somewhere, I will use /tmp here.
    • Startup the terminal and go to the extracted files
      Code:
      cd /tmp  replace with your download directory
      cd vmware-server-distrib
        • Breezy users only. Execute
          Code:
          export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-3.4
    • Execute the installation script
      Code:
      sudo ./vmware-install.pl
    • You can accept all defaults, only thing you might want to alter is the directory where the Virtual Machines are stored. I have mine set to /home/username/vmware . But offcourse, just accept the settings you want to.
    • You will be prompted for your key during the installation. You will find the key in your email inbox
    • If everything went allright, the installation will finish without any problems
    We can now test if it worked by starting the VMWare server console
    • Via the menu Applications => System Tools => Vmware Server Console
    • If everything is allright, the server console program will show up.
    • If it didn't, start the terminal and execute
      Code:
      vmware
      This will display the errors, post them here and hopefully we can solve them.
    Next thing we want to do is Install Windows (XP) !

    First we need a virtual machine
    • Insert your Windows (XP) CD into your CDROM drive
    • Open the VMware Server Console
    • select 'Create a new virtual machine'
    • => Next => Next => Select Windows Xp (or whatever Windows versions you want to install )
    • => Next => Enter a name and select a location for the Virtual Machine File (It contains the virtual harddisk, so it needs quite some space, min 2 GB, but I would recommend 8+ GB )
    • => Next => Select Network type. I am using NAT, but choose whatever fits you ( or your mood )
    • => Next => Choose the size for the Virtual Disk and set other preferences
    • => Next => Finish
    Now we can start the newly made virtual machine and the install of Windows!
    • Start the virtual machine
    • Hopefully it detects your Windows install CD and will start the installation! If it won't boot from the CD, stop the virtual machine and check/change the preferences for the virtual machine regarding the CD drive
    • Enjoy the installation and the freedom to use Ubuntu while installing

    Tips

    You will definately want to install the VMWare tools, when windows has been installed. This will speed up your Windows responsiveness
    • Make sure your Windows Virtual Machine is Running and visable/selected. (Not in FullScreen)
    • Go to the VM menu (on the top in the VM Server Console)
    • Select Install VMWare Tools.
      This will start a installation wizard in your WIndows Environment. Just install the stuff and you will have better mouse and system responsiveness.
    CTRL + ALT will release the mousecursor from the virtual machine
    CTRL + ALT in FullScreen mode will get you out of the FullScreen.

    You can Suspend a running virtual machine. this way it will start very fast the next time you need it.

    To have sound support, add a sound device in the virtual machine settings.

    Enjoy!

    See Attached screenshots from my windows XP Installation and the succes of it.

    Please no discussions about Windows versus Linux in this Thread.


    Common Problems & Solutions
    • No Serial Number Received
    You can view your serial numbers at: http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/ne...mber_login.jsp
    • After a kernel upgrade VMWare won't start because it has not been (correctly) configured for the running kernel
    execute
    Code:
    sudo /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl
    • vmware-config.pl fails to find the right kernel headers. It cannot find /usr/src/kernel/include and won't proceed to install.
    You have a updated kernel, but not the updated kernel headers.
    You can install them by executing
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
    Now you can succesfully run
    Code:
    sudo /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl
    • You don't want to install the kernel headers manually each time there is an update.
    There is a package called linux-headers-*** that automatically installs the latest kernelheaders, so you don't need to install them manually each time.

    There are 4 flavours of this package: 386, 686, k7, server.

    If you don't know wich one you need, execute
    Code:
    uname -r
    It will give you something like 2.6.15-26-k7 or 2.6.15-26-686

    Now you know the right flavour, install it by
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-***
    Replace the *** with 386, 686, k7 or server.
    • Uninstallation failed and reinstall won't work
      ====
      A previous installation of VMware software has been detected.
      The previous installation was made by the tar installer (version 3).
      Keeping the tar3 installer database format.
      Error: Unable to execute "/usr/bin/vmware/vmware-uninstall.pl.
      Failure
      Execution aborted.
      ====
    Look for the /etc/vmware directory and either move it to a different location or remove it altogether.
    Code:
    sudo rm -R /etc/vmware

    Note
    According to Flip314:

    Credits
    Used some information from a blogpost by James Wilford and a comment placed there by 'mips' (http://blog.wilf.me.uk/articles/2006...beta-on-ubuntu )
    Thanks to Remusus for the linux-headers-'uname -r ' command.
    Thanks to firetux for the GCC-3.4 info
    Thanks to Nick Couchman from the VMWare forum for the uninstallation problems workaround.


    Thank you for spending the time to write all this.

    Cheers!

  8. #1028
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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    are these instructions still valid with feisty fawn? if so maybe the OP could say that it is b/c its over a year old and im not sure if it is still use able

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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    Quote Originally Posted by mrynit View Post
    are these instructions still valid with feisty fawn? if so maybe the OP could say that it is b/c its over a year old and im not sure if it is still use able
    Still usable but is not necessarily the best method of installing vmware server under Feisty. VMware server is now in the commercial repository and this is, arguably, the best way. From my notes:

    VMWare Server is now in the commercial repository for Feisty. Had to add the commercial repo. to the file /etc/apt/sources.list:
    deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu feisty-commercial main

    Full howto:
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-ins...tu-feisty.html
    Veloce
    Ubuntu 9.04 64bit on Dell Vostro 1510, Core2 Duo T8100, Nvidia 8400M , Intel 1395 Wireless.
    OK: Wireless, kvm, Canon irc2880, Synergy.

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    Re: HowTo: Windows (XP) on Ubuntu with VMWare Server

    i followed the instructions but windows says it cannot find any hard drives to install on.

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