How to install vmware server 2.0.x in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)

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First you need to download vmware server 2.0.x from vmware website and get the vmware server installation key

Currently we have a problems compiling vmware server under kernel version 2.6.31 so this tutorial will explain how to install vmware server 2.0.x in Ubuntu 9.10

Now we have VMware-server-2.0.2-203138.i386.tar.gz file so unpack this file

tar -zvxf VMware-server-2.0.2-203138.i386.tar.gz

go to vmware-server-distrib directory

cd vmware-server-distrib

Run script using the following command


Now you might receive compilation error messages so now you need to download required patch files from here in vmware-server-distrib directory these patches from  vmware forum

You can use the following command to download patches


After downloading extract vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules- file

tar xvzf vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-

Now run the patch script using the following command


Note:- This script will work 2.6.30,2.6.31 kernel versions

After each completing the patch installation you should see similar to the following message


After completing the patch installation you need to remove /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary directory because The original VMware modules directory is still in the way so this will confuses VMware that is why we are removing this directory

rm -rf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary

Now run script

This should complete the vmware server installation.


Now open your browser type https://PC-ipaddress:8333 once it opens you should see similar to the following screen


Whe you try to login using your ubuntu user login details you might see "You do not have permissions to login to the server" error this is because you need to enable root account on your ubuntu machine using this tutorial or login as user who is having root permissions


Once you login you should see similar to the following screen


Reinstall Vmware server

If you still having  problems with your vmware server installation follow these steps

Delete the vmware modules using the following command

rm -rf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/

rm -rf /lib/modules/2.6.31-13-server/misc/vm*

Now kill all vmware processes manually

kill -9 $( ps -ef | awk ‘/vm/ { print $2 }' )

Now run file


at the time of installation where you see the following message type no and press enter

Before running VMware Server for the first time, you need to configure it by
invoking the following command: "/usr/bin/". Do you want this
program to invoke the command for you now? [yes] no

Now you need to run the patch script file using the following command


After completing this you should run


Error message

When i try to install vmware server 2.0.2 under ubuntu 9.10 i got the following error so i installed the patch file with the procedure specified above

/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:2007: error: too many arguments to function ‘smp_call_function’
make[2]: *** [/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.31-14-generic'
make: *** [vmmon.ko] Error 2
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only'
Unable to build the vmmon module.

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91 thoughts on “How to install vmware server 2.0.x in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)

  1. The only problem I have is the if you click to fast in your browser (eq IE8) then you will get error messages and need to re-login. The web interface is quite slow. (But if you are patient workable)

    Working on Ubuntu 2.6.31-20-server #58-Ubuntu SMP
    (64 bit version); The processor in this box makes it imposable to run 64 guests.

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