Now it is time to download VMware Server or VMware Workstation. After downloading the software, you will also need to download a patch that allows VMware Server to run on Ubuntu Linux.
Note: Do not forget to register for VMware Server. It requires a serial number that you will only receive if you register. Registration is a small price to pay for free software.
Let’s install VMware Server by right-clicking on the tar file and extracting the file to the /tmp directory. Simply right-click on the tar file and choose Open with Archive Manager. Next, click Extract and in Places choose Files | System | Tmp. The VMware-server-distrib folder will extract to the /tmp directory.
Now let’s open the Terminal and browse to the tmp directory and to the VMware-server-distrib directory. Once inside the VMware-server-distrib directory, type the following:
Patch VMware for Linux
You will be asked a series of questions. Please accept the defaults. Toward the end of the installation you will be asked the following question:
“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 is the default but you should type No as we have to load a patch first that will allow VMware Server to work on Ubuntu Linux.
Follow the same procedures above to extract the contents of the patch to the /tmp directory. After you copy the update to the /tmp directory, open the terminal and login as super user and browse to the VMware-any-any-update113 folder.
You now must accept the EULA and continue through the VMware Server install accepting the defaults. Next, accept the defaults to finish the installation. During the installation you will be asked for a serial number. You must register for your free serial number, so if you don’t have it, you can enter it later and just accept the default of cancel.
Now login to VMware Server by opening a Terminal and typing the following command:
You are now ready to build and load your virtual machines (Figure I) on the Linux platform.
Loading a virtual machine works the same way in Windows. You can either pop a CD-ROM in the drive or mount an ISO image. Good Luck!