VMware Server on Etch (Debian 4)

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Date: 2007-02-27 10:36:30 00:00

To install VMware server on Debian Etch (4.0) you first need to have Etch installed on you host PC, you can achieve this by using the netinst CD available at:

Debian Installer

Once you have it installed you can proceed with this How To install VMware server on Debian Etch

1.- First install some software needed (as root)

apt-get install libx11-6 libx11-dev libxtst6 xinetd wget

apt-get install linux-headers-uname -r build-essential

apt-get install binutils-doc make manpages-dev autoconf automake1.9 libtool flex bison gdb libc6-dev-amd64 lib64gcc1 gcc-2.95-doc

apt-get install gcc

2.- Get the Software

You can download VMware server here. And do not forget to obtain the serial number by registering here

3.- Installation

You can use wget, to get the appropiate code, or any mean you prefer, once you have the .tar.gz file.

tar xvzf [package_downloaded]

cd vmware-server-distrib ./vmware-install.pl

4.- Patching the software

As Etch has a newer version of Kernel the VMware server needs to be patched, here is how.

Get the vmware patch

Unpack it:

tar xvzf vwmare-any-any-update108.tar.gz

Change to its directory

cd vwmare-any-any-update108

Run the script that is going to patch the VMWare.


5.- Automatic start vmware at start

update-rc.d vmware defaults 20