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    Install VMWare Server 2.0 in Ubuntu 8.10

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    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).

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

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


    OK, enough, tell us how to install it already

    1. Prep.
      sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
    2. Download :
      • 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.

      cd ~/src/vmware
      tar xzvf VMware-server-2*
    4. Install.
      cd vmware-server-distrib
      sudo ./
      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):

      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).
      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

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

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

    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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