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VMware server installation on Ubuntu

Monday, 21st August 2006 11:49pm
After a few days of indecision I have now successfully installed VMware server on my Ubuntu install. I used two articles as reference and these are:
1- Howtoforge : How To Install VMware Server On Ubuntu
2- Ubuntu forums how to


One of the first steps I had to do was to increase the size of my Ubuntu partition because I wanted to allocate 8G to the virtual server. Having done that it was a question of downloading VMware server and getting the free licence code.


The installation was smooth sailing until I got the message:
None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Server is suitable for your running kernel. Do you want this program to try to build the vmmon module for your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)?
To get around this I had to get the headers of my install using the command:
uname -r
in the terminal and then installed the headers using:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.15-26-386
2.6.15-26-386 is the header in my case.
After installing the headers I was then able to conclude my VMWare server installation without any more hitches.


The Ubuntu Forum article has got some useful pointers on how to install Windows XP in the virtual environment. The XP installation itself went surprisingly fast and over the next few days I will be installing some software in the virtual environment.

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