UPDATE: This post has been updated for VMware Server 1.0.5 on Ubuntu 8.04. If you are running Ubuntu 8.04 you’ll need to see those steps.
I’ve been playing more with virtualization recently and thought I would outline the steps I took to install VMWare Server on Ubuntu 7.04. I will also have steps for installation on Ubuntu 7.10, but it requires a bit more tweaking so that’ll have to wait.
Installing VMWare Server
Installing VMWare Server on Ubuntu 7.04 is made very simple by the Canonical commercial repository. It’s as simple as an ‘aptitude install’, following just a few steps. Here is what we need to do:
Register for a VMWare Server use-code. VMWare Server is freeware but it requires registration at vmware.com to generate a license code for use. Visit this link to register and generate the number of codes you might want. Remember to print the codes or write them down because in my experience they are not emailed to you.
Include the repository
Add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list or via System > Admin > Software Sources menu.
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu feisty-commercial main
You’ll need to update aptitude to the change using:
sudo aptitude update
You can now install vmware-server by installing the packages:
sudo aptitude install vmware-server vmware-server-kernel-modules-$(uname -r)
You should now have VMWare Server installed in your Applications menu, or you can launch it via the ‘vmware’ command. Enjoy.