For login into the VMware console are two ways. One through an SSL connection (port 8333) and second without SSl (port 8222).
Without SSL you can login only from the local machine which wmvare server is installed. Each connection attempt from a remote host to the VMware Server console on port 8222 will be redirected to the SSL channel to port 8333.

In this article I will show you how to disable SSL protocol and redirect to port 8333 in VMware Server 2.0 in Debian Squeeze.

Step1.  Shut down the vmware server:

[php]/etc/init.d/vmware stop
/etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt stop[/php]

Step2. Do a copy of  existing proxy.xml file and modify proxy.xml file:

[php]cp /etc/vmware/hostd/proxy.xml   /etc/vmware/hostd/proxy.xml_bak[/php]

Now open the proxy.xml file and replace all occurrences of the values “httpsWithRedirectwith  “httpAndHttps”

Step3.  Now you can start up vmware server:

[php]/etc/init.d/vmware start
/etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt start[/php]


The installation is similar to that of Lenny, with the following differences:

  1. There are different versions of the Linux kernel and gcc.
  2. Different patches are required for installation and modules.

You can find the Lenny tutorial here: Installing VMware server 2.x on Debian lenny .

Step1. Get the VMWare Server archive (at least version 2.0.2) and your license.

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

Step2. Install the prerequisites (like kernel-headers  and gcc version 4.3).

[php]apt-get install psmisc make gcc gcc-4.3 linux-headers-$(uname -r)[/php]

Step3. Get the patches archive from

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Step4.  Extract the VMWare Server archive.

[php]<code>tar zxvf VMware-server-2.x.tar.gz</code>[/php]

Step5. Install VMWare Server , but do not configure it yet. Answer the question to run “” with “no”.

Install VMWare Server using the following command:

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VMware Server is totally free. All you need is just to register your name and address to obtain a number of serial numbers.

You may get up to 100 serial numbers at a time. In VMware, there are 3 network types: bridge, nat, and host-only:

Bridge is the most powerful one but you need an extra IP address.

If you don’t have one, you might be interesting in nat or host-only. Nat seems to be better to keep your guest OS up-to-date and connected to the internet.  Nat means you can’t connect to the guest OS directly from internet so you can’t run it as a server.

Anyway, it is possible to forward port to the guest OS behind NAT

Usually, the nat configuration will be stored in a file named nat.conf located in each VMware’s network device.

For example, my host OS has vmnet8 as a nat device so there is a nat.conf as follow:


Port forwarding is in section incomingtcp and incomingudp.

For example, I would like to ssh to the guest OS on port 22 through port 2222 on the host OS.

2222 =

After that I have to restart VMware’s network services as below.

/usr/lib/vmware/ restart

So now I can ssh to the guest OS as follow:

ssh -p 222

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.

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This has been tested on Debian lenny running on VMware server 2.0.

Install kernel headers and some tools used to install VMware tools:

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

Mount the cdrom drive. Make sure you have mounted the VMware tools virtual cd from the host before moving on.

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/

Extract VMware tools to the tmp directory:

tar -C /tmp -zxvf /mnt/VMwareTools-x.x.x.tar.gz

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