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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 vmware-install.pl script using the following command

./vmware-install.pl

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

wget  http://www.ubuntugeek.com/images/vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.tgz

After downloading extract vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.tgz file

tar xvzf vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.tgz

Now run the patch script using the following command

sh vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.sh

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

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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 vmware-config.pl script

vmware-config.pl

This should complete the vmware server installation.

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

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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

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Once you login you should see similar to the following screen

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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 vmware-install.pl file

./vmware-install.pl

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/vmware-config.pl". 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

sh vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.sh

After completing this you should run vmware-config.pl

/usr/bin/vmware-config.pl

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.

For more information on how to troubleshoot module-related problems, please
visit our Web site at "http://www.vmware.com/go/unsup-linux-products" and
"http://www.vmware.com/go/unsup-linux-tools".

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

  1. Pavan says:

    Thanks! This was very helpful

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  2. anivair says:

    Great tutorial. Took me forever thanks to older patches getting in the way. You might want to make a note to remove old entries from /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source. (Anything with old in it at least).

    One other note: you don’t need to enable the root login to make this work in ubuntu. You can just set whatever user you like as the Administrator. I set myself and it works just fine.

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  3. Naresh says:

    Thanks ruchi for the excellent article.

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  4. Daniel says:

    Thank you very much for this tutorial – it was very helpful. In the end I was able to get up and running on my Ubuntu 9.10 machine and all is well.

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  5. Cesar says:

    EXCELENT!!!!!!

    it was very very helpful.

    Thanks you. so much.

    Disculpen mi ingles, pero este tutorial ha sido excelene, me ha ayudado mucho para tener una maquina virtual en mi Pc con Ubuntu 9.10

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  6. Trevor says:

    I’m recently installed vmware server on a freshly installed and updated of version of Ubuntu 9.1.

    Today I wanted to change the network setup, so I tried to run /urs/bin/vmware-config.pl. I got the error:
    ——————–
    The following VMware kernel modules have been found on your system that were
    not installed by the VMware Installer. Please remove them then run this
    installer again.

    vmnet
    vmci
    vmmon

    I.e. – ‘rm /lib/modules/2.6.31-17-generic/misc/.{o,ko}’

    Execution aborted.
    —————–
    I’m almost positive this is caused by the patched versions that were installed.

    Is there some way I can run the script without recompiling? Or, make the version I have work?

    I found the following (semi)related website…

    http://communities.vmware.com/thread/60867;jsessionid=B3446B5E206F1A2E1E49D2D2C81EDC7B

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  7. keshav kapil says:

    Thanks a lot :)
    very very helpful tutorial Ruchi …

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  8. JD says:

    This is the straight up pimp version of documention for installing vmware on Karmic Koala. Thanks for making it noob-proof.

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  9. Cana says:

    Thx for the tutorial. But I cannot bring up the web interface?

    Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at 127.0.0.1:8333

    Starting VMware services:
    Virtual machine monitor done
    Virtual machine communication interface done
    Virtual ethernet done
    Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 done
    Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background) done
    DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1 done
    Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background) done
    DHCP server on /dev/vmnet8 done
    NAT service on /dev/vmnet8 done
    VMware Server Authentication Daemon (background) done
    Shared Memory Available done
    Starting VMware management services:
    VMware Server Host Agent (background) done
    VMware Virtual Infrastructure Web Access
    Starting VMware autostart virtual machines:
    Virtual machines done

    The configuration of VMware Server 2.0.2 build-203138 for Linux for this
    running kernel completed successfully.

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  10. Tully says:

    Fantastic tutorial. Got it working first time thanks to this. Thank you!

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  11. Its cool! This tutorial works very well for me, but after the instalation I try to install a W2K3 server and the combination keys CTRL+ALT+DEL don’t work for introduce the login screen.. =/

    Do you have any idea about this?

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  12. SilvioZG says:

    Hi guys!
    Hawe worked fine for me! Many thanks!


    Enjoy,

    –the VMware team

    Starting VMware services:
    Virtual machine monitor done
    Virtual machine communication interface done
    Virtual ethernet done
    Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 done
    Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background) done
    DHCP server on /dev/vmnet1 done
    Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet2 (background) done
    DHCP server on /dev/vmnet2 done
    NAT service on /dev/vmnet2 done
    Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet3 (background) done
    DHCP server on /dev/vmnet3 done
    NAT service on /dev/vmnet3 done
    Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background) done
    DHCP server on /dev/vmnet8 done
    NAT service on /dev/vmnet8 done
    VMware Server Authentication Daemon (background) done
    Shared Memory Available done
    Starting VMware management services:
    VMware Server Host Agent (background) done
    VMware Virtual Infrastructure Web Access
    Starting VMware autostart virtual machines:
    Virtual machines done

    The configuration of VMware Server 2.0.2 build-203138 for Linux for this
    running kernel completed successfully.

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  13. SilvioZG says:

    Hi guys…!
    Have problem with HTTPS acces to WMware Infrastructure webacces panel on Firefox. Some issue vith certification…! Trying to find out…!
    But the HTTP conection works fine…
    Use the http://localhost:8222 access on Firefox 3.5.7! Port 8222 is default setting in WMware setup script!

    Have fun…

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  14. Ian Justman says:

    This tutorial does NOT work with VMware Server 2.0.2.

    Building modules, stage 2.
    MODPOST 1 modules
    WARNING: “VMCIDatagram_CreateHnd” [/tmp/vmware-config0/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!
    WARNING: “VMCIDatagram_DestroyHnd” [/tmp/vmware-config0/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!
    WARNING: “VMCI_GetContextID” [/tmp/vmware-config0/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!
    WARNING: “VMCIDatagram_Send” [/tmp/vmware-config0/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!
    CC /tmp/vmware-config0/vsock-only/vsock.mod.o
    LD [M] /tmp/vmware-config0/vsock-only/vsock.ko
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.31-19-server’
    cp -f vsock.ko ./../vsock.o
    make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vsock-only’
    Unable to make a vsock module that can be loaded in the running kernel:
    insmod: error inserting ‘/tmp/vmware-config0/vsock.o’: -1 Unknown symbol in module

    –Ian.

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  15. aljacobs says:

    Tried the latest 2.0.2 vmware server dist. built on my Karmic Ubuntu.

    Tried every published hack available.

    The only way I could get it working was to revert back to Firefox 3.5.7, 3.6 did not work even after changing security settings in about:config

    So confirm post above

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  16. Dave says:

    I got 2.0 installed on a fresh install of 9.10, with all updates applied, but my mouse and keyboard are not behaving. Basically the mouse only works in the upper left hand quadrant of an XP window (fresh XP install as well on a new VM). Outside of that the mouse changes from an arrow to a “hand” and the buttons don’t work properly. If I try to close a window clicking on the upper right-hand X, it’s as if I am holding down the “9″ key on the keyboard and everything locks up.

    This is on a fairly recently built machine, standard MS keyboard and mouse, PS2 connected etc.

    Ideas ?

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  17. Patch was not working on my clean install and message was not completely clear. Trying to validate patch by myself, I realized that patch utility was not installed, so I ran apt-get install patch and evereythig worked fine.

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  18. Good job! Thanks! Thank you! for a great post.

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  19. Martin says:

    If when you run the sh script and you get an error;
    vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.sh 71 patch not found.

    You need to run ‘apt-get install patch’
    then rerun the sh script.

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  20. chella says:

    Thanks a lot, it works for me.

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  21. Aaron says:

    I have used this fix multiple times, however, this time, it just won’t work. I have patch installed, I have the 64-bit version of Karmic, I have the source and header files installed, but the patch fails to work and the build fails. Any help would be appreciated.

    Untarring vsock-temp.tar
    Sorry, vsock-temp-tar tarball failed to extract the directory vsock-temp-only

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  22. Aaron says:

    Sorry, I am running kernel: 2.6.31-20-server x64, karmic 9.10.

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  23. Aaron says:

    Figured out my problem, didn’t have w access to the vmware-server-distrib folder. :-p

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  24. tiga says:

    Hello,
    i got this msg. when i run the script:

    root@tiga:~/vmware-server-distrib# sh vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.sh
    Found tar file for vmmon module
    Found tar file for vsock module
    Found tar file for vmnet module
    Found tar file for vmci module
    Using patch file: /home/tiga/vmware-server-distrib/vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.patch
    Using module directory: /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
    Using backup directory: /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source-backup
    Untarring vmmon.tar
    Untarring vsock.tar
    Untarring vmnet.tar
    Untarring vmci.tar
    Testing patch
    vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.sh: 71: patch: not found
    Sorry, problem with the patch, I can’t apply it
    root@tiga:~/vmware-server-distrib#

    the actual kernel version i’m using is 2.6.31-14-generic

    would be great if someone can help me with this problem

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  25. jake says:

    Tiga – run ‘sudo apt-get install patch’ then rerun the fix script.

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  26. marcot says:

    i have the same issue of Dave in a lenovo sl500 with 9.10 new installation.

    Can someone help us ?
    thanks
    marco

    please remove previous post without mail feedback

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  27. Ronney says:

    Great post! But i have a error here in my computer after the instalation the pack error:
    /Área de Trabalho/vmware-server-distrib (2)$ sudo ./vmwar
    e-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-2.6.30.4-fix.sh
    cd: 22: can’t cd to /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
    Sorry, no tar files found in /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
    Can someone, please, help-me?

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  28. tiga says:

    @jake
    thank you, all worked fine :)

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  29. Nitrox says:

    Judging from the large number of people here, who this didn’t work for, Ubuntu+VMWare means problems. Is there a Linux version out there that offers a straight forward VMWare Server install?

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