Today I needed to setup a couple of virtual machines for a client and realized that I had removed my installation of VMware Server. Off I went to the VMware download page and what did I find? A day-old release of VMware Server 1.0.6! I figured you’d all appreciate an updated blog post on how to install VMware Server 1.0.6 on Ubuntu 8.04, so here we are. (This is much simpler than the previous post, How To Install VMware Server 1.0.5 on Ubuntu 8.04)
Downloading the Requirements
The first step, of course, is to download VMware Server 1.0.6. You’ll want to download the .tar.gz version. This command can be used for a direct download:
wget -c http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-1.0.6-91891.tar.gz
The second step is to install some development tools that we’ll need to get things running. Use the following command or click the package names to install the requirements:
You will also need to generate a serial number to run VMware Server. 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.
OK, at this point we should have all of the requirements, now we can get to work…
Installation and Configuration
Let’s unpack the VMware archive that we downloaded and run the VMware installer.
tar xf VMware-server-1.0.6-*.tar.gz
The Last Step
If you attempt to run vmware at this point you might notice that it spits out some nasty errors and complains at you. There is one more thing we need to setup.
Basically VMware is missing and complaining about some cairo libraries and gcc. So, the simple fix for this is to point to them by using a symbolic link:
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.2.3/libgcc_s.so /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libgcc_s.so.1/libgcc_s.so.1
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/libpng12.so.0 /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libpng12.so.0/libpng12.so.0
At this point you should be able to launch vmware and enjoy some virtualization goodness. Enjoy!