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:
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 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
tar xvzf vwmare-any-any-update108.tar.gz
Change to its directory
Run the script that is going to patch the VMWare.
5.- Automatic start vmware at start
update-rc.d vmware defaults 20