How to install Vmware server From Canonical commercial repository in Ubuntu Feisty

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first you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following line save and exit

deb feisty-commercial main

Now you need to update Ubuntu Source List using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install Vmware Server in Ubuntu Feisty

sudo apt-get install vmware-server vmware-tools-kernel-modules

This will start the vmware server installation and configuration process.First it will prompt for vmware license select ok and press enter

Next one is Vmware server license terms select yes and and press enter

Now you need to get the Vmware server registration number from the URL Specified in the screen enter serial number select ok and press enter

This will complete the vmware server installation.

Using Vmware Server in Ubuntu

If you want to open Vmware Server Console go to Applications--->System Tools--->Vmware Server Console

Once it Opens you should see similar to the following selct localhost option and click on connect

Now you should see similar to the following screen if you want to create new virtual machine click on "Create a new virtual machine"

Once it open you should see the following screen and click on Next

Virtual machine configuration options select Typical click on Next

Select Guest operating system click on Next

You want to change the guest operating system name and location of this GuestOS you can do here click on Next

Select Network connection Option and Click on Next

Select your disk size and click on Finish

Vmware Disk Creation in Progress

Once it craeted new disk your machine is ready to install vmware GuestOS

Vmware-Server Version Details

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82 Responses

  1. noworry says:

    I am getting a strange error during the installation and it fails

    Setting up vmware-server (1.0.3-1) …
    /etc/init.d/vmware-server: 176: vmware_product_name: not found
    Warning: Unable to find ‘s main database /etc/vmware/locations.
    invoke-rc.d: initscript vmware-server, action “start” failed.

    I am having Ubuntu Feisty 7.04. There is no folder /etc/vmware/ in my system. So very much confused. Please help !!!

  2. s3 says:

    I’ve got that problem too, Noworry. Still looking for help.

    Ubuntu Feisty 7.04 / amd64

  3. Chris says:

    This might be too obvious, but I got broken vmware, and a reboot fixed it.

  4. Ruckus says:

    I had the same power (Unable to change virtual machine power state) problem and saw that I also had the startup problem as well (Virtual ethernet failed problem). I switched to method 2, had to manually remove /etc/vmware, and things are now working. Thanks for all the great info

  5. Michel says:

    Hi, I had the same message when tried to launch virtual machine: “Unable to change virtual machine power state…”, I am running Ubuntu Feisty on amd64. I tried to run vmware-server manually:

    sudo /etc/init-d/vmware-server start

    ..and recieved the message: “module vmnet not found”

    As for me this happend after upgrading the linux-kernel-modules-2.6.20-15 to linux-kernel-modules-2.6.20-16, I found solution doing the folowing:

    sudo apt-get install vmware-server-kernel-modules-2.6.20-16 vmware-tools-kernel-modules-


    sudo modprobe vmnet

    and then:

    sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-server start

    Then I can run again Vmware Server Console and virtual machine

  6. ferromag says:

    I’ve run into some trouble installing Vmware Server 1.0.4 in Gutsy Gibbon Server. Installer was complaining about dependencies: => (0xffffe000) => /lib32/ (0xf7ed3000) => /lib32/ (0xf7ecf000) => /lib32/ (0xf7eb7000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7dc6000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7dc1000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7db3000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7d62000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7d4a000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7d40000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7d38000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7d24000) => /lib32/ (0xf7be3000)
    /lib/ (0xf7f08000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7be0000) => /usr/lib32/ (0xf7bdb000)

    sudo apt-get install libxrender1 libxt6 libxtst6 libx11-6
    Hope it helps anyone else…

  7. HMO says:

    I need a serial, please can someone give me one valid?

  8. John Ward says:

    HMO, go to the VMWare site to get a serial number. There’s no charge.

  9. Doodee says:

    Thanks for sharing

  10. Anderson says:

    Jason, TheESP, Provide, Adam, Scott, or others

    If what bill said to fix your error doesn’t work, or if the error occurs on only some virtual machines, you might need to chown the virtual machine files to be owned by root.

  11. Ralf says:

    For all of you having trouble with vmware: I had the same problem, and i purged (aptitude purge linux-image-….) all kernels, execpt the newest one “linux-image-2.6.22-14-generic”.

    After “sudo update-grub” and rebooting the machine, the problem was solved. Virtual machine monitor and other services are up and running.

  12. Casey says:

    Aptitude returns the following error???

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Reading extended state information
    Initializing package states… Done
    Building tag database… Done
    The following packages are BROKEN:
    0 packages upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 79.4MB of archives. After unpacking 131MB will be used.
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    vmware-server: Depends: vmware-server-kernel-modules which is a virtual package.
    Depends: libssl0.9.7 which is a virtual package.
    Resolving dependencies…
    Unable to resolve dependencies! Giving up…

  13. frann says:

    Aargh. I have given up on this method and was trying to follow method 2, but i have a really strange problem.

    After I extract the file to the folder vmware-server-distrib and cd to it, if i try to run the command

    it says command not found (doesn’t specify which command)

    I tried referencing the file with the full path: /Desktop/vmware-server-distrib/ with the same result

    I tried renaming the file, in case there was a hidden control character, but it made no difference


  14. Tom says:

    FWIW I just ran into this issue. I found that one of my VMs, which is set to “” does not like having autostart=”poweron” in the .vmx.

    Take that line out, it will start fine.



  15. Tom says:

    Sorry, that should have been “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4”.

  16. Simon says:

    I have he same problem as Mike:
    I have gotten to the EULA, but it is like all text form, I am not able to click OK as you state in the directions, what have I done wrong?
    Any solution?

  17. Rich says:

    Will the above work with version 8.10 – when I do sudo apt-get install vmware-server vmware-tools-kernel-modules doesn’t start the installation – have entered in the source and updated the source list. Or is this no longer available ?.

  18. benny says:


    i have exactly the same problem as rich:
    “when I do sudo apt-get install vmware-server vmware-tools-kernel-modules doesn’t start the installation – have entered in the source and updated the source list. Or is this no longer available ?.”
    It seems like the packages are really offline

  19. Aravind Reddy Kaithy says:

    Hi I downloaded from VMware-server from website with key but how to start installation from .tar file?

    I appreciate your help, thanks.

  20. Merci pour ce post tr?s int?ressant et tellement r?aliste

  21. devis gratuit says:

    Good post thanks for all !!!!

  22. referencement entreprise drôme says:

    very interesting post.
    VMware-server sill work on mac ?

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