VMware server 1.x configuration
On a 32-bit Windows or Linux, install VMware Server 1.x (http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_server/1_0).
Note. afterwards, eventually connect remotely from another VMware server client.
Installation on Linux
On RHEL5, that package group is needed for vmware-install.pl to run fine,
yum groupinstall "X Window System"
we just need the libraries and do not need however the system to turn into init 5,
grep ^id /etc/inittab
For vmware-config.pl on RHEL5, also make sure you've got those packages installed, kernel packages (and running kernel) need to have the exact same version,
yum install \
yum update \
note. for vmware server specificly, you should also install,
yum install xinetd
and reboot for the running kernel to match the newly installed libraries and headers,
When installing VMware server inside a XEN guest (yes it also works this way around),
yum install \
yum update \
Note. we experienced a kernel panic when trying to run vmware server inside a XEN guest,
BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address ...
For Linux, either use the RPM,
rpm -ivh VMware-server-1.0.10-203137.i386.rpm
or the tarball on non-RPM systems,
tar xzf VMware-server-1.0.10-203137.tar.gz
default answers are fine, just answer 'no' at the last question, we'll run the configure script manually.
You will need kernel headers (kernel-source on slackware) and gcc to compile the right modules for your kernel. And configure,
Note. to uninstall,
Note. if you got that error,
error: asm/semaphore.h: No such file or directory
it's because semaphore.h moves the place between versions of the kernel. There's a patch for vmware-config.pl to work with the 2.6.32 kernel (http://www.insecure.ws/),
tar xvjf vmware-update-2.6.32-5.5.9.tar.bz2
mv update update.old
gcc -o update update.c
Post-installation on Windows
Disable the DHCP service,
Start > Execute > services.msc
VMware DHCP Service > Stop
VMware DHCP Service > Disable
Rename the network interfaces to something more intuitive,
rename to "vmnet1"
rename to "vmnet8"
Make sure the firewall is disabled on vmnet8
Default subnet for vmnet8 is 192.168.11.0/24
Default gateway is 192.168.11.2 (for guests)
Configure the vmnet8 interface,
192.168.11.1/24 (no gateway)
If you want to force another subnet, start the Virtual Network Editor,
Start > Programs > VMware > VMware Server > Manage Virtual Networks
"Host Virtual Network Mapping" tab
vmnet8 > little arrow on the right
Subnet : 10.1.1.0 / 255.255.255.0
NAT / Gateway 10.1.1.254
VMware Server 2 notes
VMware Server version 2's disk images are compatible with ESX. Once installed those ports listen,
VMware Player notes
To start automaticly,
c:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Playermplayer.exe \
Last update: Jan 12, 2011
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