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VMware Server on Etch (Debian 4)

Written by Guillermo Garron .
Date: 2007-02-27 09:36:30 -0500

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 ./

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


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