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    Install VMWare Server 2.0 in Ubuntu 8.10


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    Introduction

    Server 2 installs easily and without any major difficulties. I find it has less features then 1.0.7 (I could not find an option to boot a physical partition for example).

    Advantages:
    • Nice web interface (yes, I know there is a web interface for 1.0.x).
    • Easy to install, no patches necessary.


    Disadvantages:
    • For some reason it seems slower, more bloated.
    • Less features.



    Installation

    OK, enough, tell us how to install it already

    1. Prep.
      Code:
      sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
    2. Download : http://www.vmware.com/download/server/
      • Be sure to download the appropriate arch for your host (32 vs 64 bit).
      • Do not forget to get a serial number


      * Personally I save this to ~/src/vmware , you will need to adapt this how-to if you save it elsewhere (ie ~/Desktop).

    3. Extract.

      Code:
      cd ~/src/vmware
      tar xzvf VMware-server-2*
    4. Install.
      Code:
      cd vmware-server-distrib
      sudo ./vmware-install.pl
      Unless you know what you are doing, select the defaults.

      When you get to the question:

      The current administrative user for VMware Server is ''. Would you like to
      specify a different administrator? [no]
      Enter "yes" and specify a non-root user. You will log into the web server with this user (using the same password to log onto Ubuntu).

    5. Last you will need to configure your keyboard.

      Using any editor make a file ~/.vmware/config

      The directory ~/.vmware *should* exist, but the "config" file does not.

      Add the following text (from the VMWare forums):

      Code:
      xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = TRUE
      WARNING: The 'xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true' configuration breaks the Unity feature on VMWare Workstation! Use the alternate solution below.

      Old solution (I left this in the event the "new" configuration does not work, you do not need to do this if the above solution works).
      Code:
      xkeymap.keycode.108 = 0x138 # Alt_R
       xkeymap.keycode.106 = 0x135 # KP_Divide
       xkeymap.keycode.104 = 0x11c # KP_Enter
       xkeymap.keycode.111 = 0x148 # Up
       xkeymap.keycode.116 = 0x150 # Down
       xkeymap.keycode.113 = 0x14b # Left
       xkeymap.keycode.114 = 0x14d # Right
       xkeymap.keycode.105 = 0x11d # Control_R
       xkeymap.keycode.118 = 0x152 # Insert
       xkeymap.keycode.119 = 0x153 # Delete
       xkeymap.keycode.110 = 0x147 # Home
       xkeymap.keycode.115 = 0x14f # End
       xkeymap.keycode.112 = 0x149 # Prior
       xkeymap.keycode.117 = 0x151 # Next
       xkeymap.keycode.78 = 0x46 # Scroll_Lock
       xkeymap.keycode.127 = 0x100 # Pause
       xkeymap.keycode.133 = 0x15b # Meta_L
       xkeymap.keycode.134 = 0x15c # Meta_R
       xkeymap.keycode.135 = 0x15d # Menu
      Thanks nthrbldyblg


    Run VMWare

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/vmware start|stop|status|restart
    Open a browse and enter :

    Code:
    localhost:8222
    If you prefer https (you will be redirected automatically to https if you are connecting remotely):

    Code:
    localhost:8333
    Enter your user name and password.

    The only caveat is you will need to install a plug in in Firefox (or *gasp* IE) to view the guests on the VMWare console.

    If you wish to access the machines over the Internet you must forward ports 902, 8222, and 8333.
    Last edited by bodhi.zazen; December 4th, 2008 at 09:06 PM.
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

    Thanks bodhi.zazen. This post helped me.

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    Re: How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

    bodhi.zazen thanks. You beat me too it

    I would also like to share a script I run to backup my virtual machines. This script is pieced together from all the other scripts floating around on the web.
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

    You are most welcome, glad it worked for you.
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

    Quote Originally Posted by bodhi.zazen View Post
    .......
    Server 2 installs easily and without any major difficulties. I find it has less features then 1.0.7 (I could not find an option to boot a physical partition for example).
    .......
    Disadvantages:
    • For some reason it seems slower, more bloated.
    • Less features.

    .....
    And for anyone that finds 2.0 an unreliable, slow P.O.S. and made the mistake of "upgrading" their VMs before deciding to ditch it, you can actually fix your VMs so they will again run in 1.0.7.

    It is just a matter of editing a couple of config files (.vmx and also the .vmdk, if you have it) and making the following lines the value of 4:

    Code:
    virtualHW.version = "4"
    ddb.virtualHWVersion = "4"
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

    Having problems with permissions of a VM (error: RuntimeFault: Database temporarily unavailable or has network problems. )? I found this on the VMware forums:

    - Stop vmware management
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt stop
    - Edit vmware management
    Code:
    sudo vim /etc/vmware/hostd/authorization.xml
    - Edit the line that talks about
    Code:
    <NextAceId>11</NextAceId>
    - Incrament it past the current "root" or administrator account you have. So it now reads
    Code:
    <NextAceId>12</NextAceId>
    or to be safe (for many users)
    Code:
    <NextAceId>20</NextAceId>
    - Delete
    Code:
    <NextRoleId>11</NextRoleId>
    - Start vmware management
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt start
    -Re-login to VMware Infrastructure Web Access

    I hope this will help!

    Source: http://communities.vmware.com/message/1070373
    Last edited by handband2; November 16th, 2008 at 03:27 PM.

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    Re: How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

    Hi bodhi.zazen,

    Thanks.Your post helps and managed to fix the keyboard issue.

    However,during installation i got the vsock warning.I have a thread here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=975084

    I'm able to complete the installation though,but am wondering if there is any solution for this?

    Have also tried the following links and patch but the issue persist:
    http://kramfs.com/2008/07/13/vmware-...-vsock-module/
    http://www.insecure.ws/2008/10/20/vm...nd-kernel-2627

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    Re: How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

    That is a good question, and no I do not know of a fix.

    I read the section that said :

    The VM communication interface socket family is used in conjunction with the VM communication interface to provide a new communication path among guests and host. The rest of this software provided by VMware Server is designed to work independently of this feature.
    *Emphasis added by me. I guess I do not use the vsock.
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    Re: How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

    Hi,

    Yup i understood that it is an independent feature and it allows you to access the vmware console?(correct me if im wrong)

    Since I've followed your guide without using the patch,I can access my VM via the shortcuts.Perhaps can do without that feature as mentioned.Just curious about getting it to work.

    Thanks again for the nice guide.
    Last edited by remy06; November 29th, 2008 at 12:57 PM. Reason: back to virtualbox,hopefully they will have network features like vmware wihout much configuration ^^

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    Re: How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10

    Last you will need to configure your keyboard.

    Using any editor make a file ~/.vmware/config

    The directory ~/.vmware *should* exist, but the "config" file does not.


    I have searched throughout the root for the /.vmware directory and can't find it. I am new to Linux, though and might be missing something (I have inacted the show hidden files).

    Thanks
    io

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