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HowTo auto-install VMware-Server on Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:11 pm    Post subject: HowTo auto-install VMware-Server on Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Reply with quote

HowTo Install Vmware Server + Ubuntu

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For those of you who are not familiar, in brief VMware is a technology used to run multiple, simultaneous, OS's with virtual hardware on top of one physical server. You can run any Windows on top of any Linux, and visa versa. --

I put this together to automate the installation / pre-installation requirements for Ubuntu VMware Servers...
I use these installation procedures on a daily basis to rapidly deploy lite weight Ubuntu vmhost servers, and I have certified this installation on the following Hardware / Architectures:
AMD64 - Sun Microsystems: X4200 - AMD Opteron Model 280 64bit CPU's
AMD64 - Dell: PowerEdge 2970 - AMD Opteron Model 2350 64bit CPU's
i686 - Dell: PowerEdge 1950 - Intel Xeon 3.00GHz 64bit CPU's
i686 - IBM: eServer xSeries 345 - Intel Xeon 64bit CPU's
i386 - Compaq: Evo D510 CMT - Intel Pentium 4 CPU's
i386 - Acer: Veriton 7500G - Intel Pentium 4 CPU's
i386 - Acer: Veriton 7200D - Intel Pentium 4 CPU's
amd - Tiger: Dual CPU - AMD Athlon MP CPU's

Final Results:
The final configuration, if everything went smooth should be:
Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper, OpenSSH-Server, VMware-Server, VMware-Console, FluxBox window manager

Ubuntu VMware-Server Management
This installation will give you the ability to manage your server using the following methods:
1. SSH - Secure Shell:
From Linux - OpenSSH-client, built into most *nix systems by default.
From Windows using a tool like PuTTy:
2. VMware-Server-Console - Remotely
You can connect and manage the Virtual Machines via the console from any OS
3. VMware-Server-Console - Locally
You can login to the Window Manager (FluxBox) locally and run VMware-Console from the menu (right click)

Q. "Why do you install a GUI (window manager) on a VMware server?"
A. The reason is when connectivity goes down, and you cannot connect from neither ssh nor remote VMware-Console, then you should have the ability to connect to the localhost with VMware-Console.

Q. "Why did you choose FluxBox as the Window Manager?"
A. In my opinion, Gnome & KDE are a bit too much for what we need...I try to keep the system thin and to the point while ensuring stability and scalability. I have benchmarked all the WM's, including XFCE (Xubuntu), and I chose not to choose a pre-packaged Ubuntu, rather to install a clean X with FluxBox, what I consider to be the most robust, highly configurable, lite weight WM out there today.

some screenshots to give you an idea of what we are aiming for

This script consists of 4 parts.
1. A clean server install of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS aka Dapper
2. Downloading & running the 2 Ubuntu VMware automatic install scripts
3. Downloading & running the VMware-Server & VMware-Server-Console Installations

IMPORTANT: Pre-Installation considerations:
1. You downloaded Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Server from
2. Installed a fresh Ubuntu Server system
3. Connected to a network with dhcp / internet connection

WARNING!: do not do this over an SSH connection or on an existing production system!

OK nuff talk, Let's Begin !!!

1. Get the Scripts...

tar -xjvf dapper-vmware.tar.bz2
sudo sh

Follow the USAGE for the script and use your network specific settings, to run the script again.

USAGE: sudo sh ./ <new hostname> <new domain name> <new ip address> <new subnet> <new broadcast address> <new default gateway> <new dns nameserver ip address> <cpu architecture>
   USAGE Example:
sudo sh ./ vmhost01 amd64

        Supported cpu architectures:
        Please type one of the following
        1. i386        2. amd64        3. other

2. Reboot into the new Kernel...

sudo reboot

3. Login to the graphical interface (gdm)

4. Login to a console - CTRL+F1

5. Run the Post installation script...

sudo sh

You are all set!!!
You can now register (you must register to get your Free license) and download VMware-Server & VMware-Server-Console at:

You need to get the following:


VMware Server for Linux.

Binary (.tar.gz)



VMware Server Linux client package.
- Linux VMware Server Console (.tar)

Once the tar files are downloaded you can then run the installation...
I gave an example below...

tar -xzf VMware-server-1.0.0-28343.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib/
sudo ./

Related Links:
Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Installation:

FluxBox Information:

Other FluxBox Based Disro's:
Damn Small Linux:

HowTo install Remote Desktop (rdesktop1.5) with SeamLess Windows To run your favorite Windows Applications On your Linux box:
VMware is a classic Solution for running this...

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, this is great. Can you do one for Edgy as well?

I have downloaded the amd64bit server version if thats any help Smile


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Clive,
Thanks for your comments...
I am going to release an Edgy version install in the near future...
Just curious, have you tried to run the install on Edgy with the "Other" option?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


No, I installed the server version and then ran into a problem as I now can't run 'init 6' to reboot the server. Rebuilt with dapper and now have it runing.

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