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I had installed previous versions of VMware Server but version 2 is the best in my opinion.

  1. Install Ubuntu Server (i am using a 64bit so my ubuntu and my vmware installations are all 64bit versions)
  2. run: sudo apt-get dis-upgrade
  3. run: sudo aptitude install build-essential xinetd
  4. run: uname -r
  5. take note of the value of the “uname-r”
  6. run: apt-get install linux-headers-“uname-r”
  7. Download Vmware Sever from   VMware-server-2.0.0-101586.x86_64.tar.gz VMware-vix-e.x.p-101586.x86_64.tar.gz
  8. Untar them with tar -zxvf <filename.tar.gz>
  9. run: cd vmware-server-distrib/
  10. run: ./  (this is will install the vmware core installation. It is pretty straight forward to follow)
  11. once done exit and move out of the folder, run: cd ..
  12. run: cd vmware-vix-distrib/
  13. run: ./ (this will install the vmware GUI web management interface)
  14. once done, Vmware is installed, but obviously some tweaking is required. run: /usr/sbin/ to run again the configuration wizard.

I decided to use 3 network cards (Nic1 –  management web , Nic2 – DMZ, Nic3 – Local Lan)

It is required to map vmnet”x” to the physical interface eth “y”) for such a setup,  since i am using bridging not NAT.

Once done, you can log into the vmware console via https://<ip address>:8333 (if port was left default)

This is more or less it. I also installed and configured the below, but these are optional:

  • NTP client (via ntpq daemon)
  • Samba to share between MS Windows (to move distributions iso files easily via file sharing and no CDs required)
  • Added Datastores (via VM Management Interface)
  • Automatic restart of Virtual Clients once VM Server starts up.

I also installed: open-ssh, vim tools, htop on the host (linux) since they are handy tools.



  1. sudo aptitude linux-headers-”uname -r”
    appears to be an incorrect command.

    Attempting this on Ubuntu 8.10 server

    • Thanks for this, had a typo!
      The command is:
      apt-get install kernel-headers-`uname-r`

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