How to Install Vmware Server in Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

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WARNING: "this tutorial is meant for users that have a good knowledge of development tools and manual installation process and will be hardly supported by the Ubuntu community. Standard supported procedure are to install packages from the official repositories, not to compile them by  hand".
Install Vmware Server in Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

Preparing your system

First you need to install the following packages

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

In my case i have used the following command

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-2.6.22-14-generic

sudo apt-get install xinetd

Download Vmware server

First you need to register from here to downlaod and to get registration number

Create a directory

mkdir vmware

cd vmware

Download vmware sorce code using the following comamnd in to


Extract the file using the following command

tar -vxzf VMware-server-1.0.4-56528.tar.gz

Now you have vmware-server-distrib directory

cd vmware-server-distrib

Start the installation using the following comamnd

sudo ./

This will start the installation you can see the steps in the following screens you can accept all defaults

This will complete the instalaltion

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

Uninstall Vmware server

Run the following command from your terminal


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29 Responses

  1. Kody The Computer Guy says:

    Or you could just add the Canonical Partner Repository, then

    sudo apt-get install vmware-server

  2. Hardik says:

    thanks a loot but you also add vmpril api any way thanks loot

  3. beginner with linux says:

    Thank you.

    This worked to install VMware player, when the `Add/Remove’ function and Synaptic did not.
    Just Typed tar -vxzf VMware-player-2.0.2-59824.i386.tar.gz
    Instead of: tar -vxzf VMware-server-1.0.4-56528.tar.gz

  4. peter says:

    I have installed vmware-server successfully. When installing vmware-player the vmware-server was deinstalled automatically. After reinmstalling vmware-server the vmware-ülayer was deinstalled automatically.
    Does anybody knows how to install both ?

  5. lambomania says:

    Well done. Lots of detail. I’m a newbie, and so I copied an pasted your instructions. Thank you.

  6. Olivier says:

    I can’t seem to get it to work, I get stuck. First I get this warning just before specifying port 902 for remote connections

    WARNING: could not find /tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/.smac_linux.x86_64.o.cmd for /tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only/smac_linux.x86_64.o

    Then, when it tries to generate the ssl certificates I get this error and it breaks

    Unable to get the last modification timestamp of the destination file

    Execution aborted.

    I am a noob with linux so any help is more than welcome

  7. tse says:

    Hey all
    I’m installing VMWare 10.4, that required Serial number. I need serial number. Help me.

  8. admin says:

    you need to register with the following link to get the vmware serial numbers

  9. MoreBeer says:

    Great tutorial… Thank you for writing this up. You may want to remove your VMWare key from the screenshot though!

  10. CrazyIvan says:

    Mine failed on install but worked once I downloaded this:

    did this:

    tar -vxzf vmware-any-any-update115.tar.gz

    and this:

    cd vmware-any-any-update115/

    and ran this:

    sudo ./

  11. paul says:

    for ubuntu 7.10 add this line to


    deb gutsy partner



    apt-get update
    apt-get vmware-server

  12. Jey says:

    Thanks Paul! It worked like a breeze.

    Also, can you update us about how one can know the URLs (and specific arguments), for a given version of ubuntu?


  13. Shane says:

    Worked Great for me…thanks for the work guys!

    (Linux shane-desktop 2.6.22-15-generic #1 SMP Tue Jun 10 09:21:34 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux)

  14. Mine seemed to install, and shows up on the menu. However, it goes like “starting WMware server console…”, then shuts down…

    Does some kind soul out there know what to do here?

  15. pirat says:

    Hi everybody, so i have read this tutorial, but its not really helping me @ all, im really new to ubuntu(unix stuff overall) and i have downloaded a version of vm server.
    so here are some details, i use ubuntu 7.10 server version and vmserver VMware-server-1.0.6-91891.tar.
    i have allready extracted on my pc but what is the next step, how can i start it an create some virtuell server?
    some tips for more detailled sites for newbies? i need something like step for step 😉

  16. Malli says:

    Thanks for excellent tutorial!

  17. E says:

    Thanks so much, I got VMWare Server 2 RC1 up and running on Ubuntu Server and hosting my webserver very quickly!!!

  18. Lairdz says:

    I have installed VMware Server both in Linuxmint 4.0 and 5.0 but also in Wine Doors !
    All works fine but some little trouble with Synaptic Package Manager stop on 70% done..

    if you type in the Seek /Find word VMware in Synaptic Package Manager (Liuxmint 4.0) it will show the updates needed to get a working VMware in linuxmint.

    here are some serials keys:


    VMware Server (for Windows and Linux systems)
    Latest Version: 1.0.5 | 3/14/08 | Build 80187















    have fun with it all…


    P.s If anyone knows how to upgrade Linuxmint 4.0 to 5.0 with out reinstalling 5.0 direct ? Like you can do with Ubuntu 7.0.4 to 7.10 then to 8.0.4 with out reinstaling !

  19. wtfbrb says:

    I tried to install vmware workstation trial before I tried to install server, I uninstalled all packages that contained “vmware” except mdetect. And this is what I get when I try to install vmware-server:

    A previous installation of VMware software has been detected.

    The previous installation was made by the rpm installer (version 4).

    Converting the rpm4 installer database format
    to the tar3 installer database format.

    error: package VMwareWorkstation is not installed

    Execution aborted.

    Any suggestions?

  20. Junk Mailer says:

    I am getting a error of

    E: /var/cache/apt/archives/vmware-server_1.0.4-1gutsy2_i386.deb: subprocess pre-installation script returned error exit status 1

  21. Heron Addict says:


    I am new to Linux, Ubuntu and VMware but I now have a Ubuntu & VMware Server up and running!

    Ubuntu Server V8 – Hardy Heron
    VMware Server V2

    Wish I had seen this a few days ago before I bought two books!

  22. Will says:

    I installed vmware server 2.0, however it does not show in the menu … something i am missing?

    I am not a linux gus so any help would be appreciated…

  23. christina says:

    I got the install, but it doesn’t show up in my system tools.
    I tried running vmware from terminal window, but it just opens an html browser window and nothing else.
    I can perhaps add an application to the system tools menu, but don’t know what the application file is.
    Can anyone help?
    Thank you very much!

  24. admin says:


    Did you try to logout and login back check system tools now

  25. christina says:

    yes, I restarted and everything.
    I think I installed the wrong thing, when I even try to start it in terminal I see this before the web app opens:
    root@eve:/home/christina# vmware
    Launching VMware Web Access using /usr/bin/xdg-open

    I really goofed, huh?
    Maybe I should run through it all again?

    Thanks again…

  26. Stephen says:


    I’m sort of new to Linux. I’m trying to get a Vmware-Server going so I can access some windows programs that don’t work in Wine (MSMoney 2000 mainly, I need it for my finances and no, I’ve looked at GnuCash and others and they’re not up to scratch.)

    Anyway, I tried the above and it said “None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Server is suitable for your running kernel.” It offered to build one, I accepted and it failed like below:

    Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
    make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only’
    make -C /lib/modules/2.6.27-7-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.27-7-generic’
    CC [M] /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.o
    In file included from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/machine.h:24,
    from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.h:15,
    from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:49:
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/x86.h:830:1: warning: “PTE_PFN_MASK” redefined
    In file included from include/asm/paravirt.h:7,
    from include/asm/irqflags.h:55,
    from include/linux/irqflags.h:57,
    from include/asm/system.h:11,
    from include/asm/processor.h:17,
    from include/linux/prefetch.h:14,
    from include/linux/list.h:6,
    from include/linux/module.h:9,
    from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:12:
    include/asm/page.h:22:1: warning: this is the location of the previous definition
    In file included from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/vmhost.h:13,
    from /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:71:
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/./include/compat_semaphore.h:5:27: error: asm/semaphore.h: No such file or directory
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:146: error: unknown field ‘nopage’ specified in initializer
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:147: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:150: error: unknown field ‘nopage’ specified in initializer
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:151: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c: In function ‘LinuxDriver_Ioctl’:
    /tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only/linux/driver.c:1670: 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-2.6.27-7-generic’
    make: *** [vmmon.ko] Error 2
    make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vmmon-only’
    Unable to build the vmmon module.

    So I tried using the partner repositories, updating the commands Paul gave for Gutsy to Intrepid (as that’s what I’m using) and that worked OK, but when I ran but sudo apt-get vmware-server, it said “E: Invalid operation vmware-server”. Vmware-Server doesn’t appear to exist in this repository.

    Any ideas?

  27. Scotty says:

    I’m having the same problem as mentioned above. Seems there are loads of threads about this yet none of the seem to work (at least for me).

    Any help would be great.

    Currently running latest version of Ubuntu (8.10), tried vmware-server 2, 1.06, 1.04 (as mentioned above)…all fail with the vmmom issue. Even tried the any-any update but still the same.

    I’m new to Linux and can now see why people are still staying with Microsoft. At least there it just installs and works (and many of the threads mention that people are trying to install windows…makes you think).

    Anyway one thing is true…lots of people are willing to help newbies overcome there thickness…so help if you can please.

  28. Weston Super Mare says:

    WOW, Done all this then realised I needed a GUI to get the system up and going … doh !!

    Looks like I’ll have to try again on a different OS ..thanks for the easy to follow guide even for a n00b like me !

  29. Wayne says:

    I have to say, this Ubuntu product is just garbage. I got the same error when trying to do updates, fixed it, then the server can’t connect to the sites listed in the sources.list file. Just garbage!

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