Installing VMware server 2.x on Debian lenny

Valic —  June 1, 2010 — Leave a comment

VMware Server can create, edit, and play virtual machines. It uses a client-server model, allowing remote access to virtual machines, at the cost of some graphical performance (and 3D support). In addition to the ability to run virtual machines created by other VMware products, it can also run virtual machines created by Microsoft Virtual PC.

1. Install required packages

apt-get install psmisc make gcc gcc-4.1 linux-headers-$(uname -r)

2. Download VMware server

Register at, download the latest VMware server binary and upload to your server.

3. Extract

tar zxvf VMware-server-2.x.tar.gz

Replace the filename with the downloaded filename.

4. Use gcc 4.1 instead of the default version: 4.3

Lenny is configured to use gcc 4.3 but WMware server requires gcc 4.1. Temporarily use 4.1 while configuring VMware server:

ln -sf /usr/bin/gcc-4.1 /usr/bin/gcc

5. Install and configure VMware server

cd vmware-server-distrib


You can accept the defaults for all questions in the installer and configuration tool but read carefully to make sure they fit your requirements.

6. Change the default gcc version

ln -sf /usr/bin/gcc-4.3 /usr/bin/gcc

7. Installation complete

You can now access the web interface by navigating to http://your-server:8222 or https://your-server:8333


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