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New Thane's "How to build a VMWare server in 30 minutes or less"
How to install a Ubuntu VMWare server in thirty minutes or less. This was written using Ubuntu 6.06.

What this guide assumes:

1. You have the skills to competently install Linux.
2. You have a computer capable of running Linux and VMWare.
3. You have an Ubuntu Linux install CD that actually works. MD5SUM is your friend!

The guide:

1. Install Ubuntu Server Linux using the default options. Go for the minimal install, we\ufffdll be adding essential features later.
2. Log in locally.
3. Now, cut \ufffdn paste this massive package fest into your command buffer, and execute it. Note that the quotes are not normal quotes. It's much easier to cut and paste that line than to generate the slanted quotes.
sudo apt-get install build-essential xinetd x-window-system-core linux-headers-`uname -r`

4. Get the VMWare binaries on to your computer. At the time of writing this document, typing the following worked:
wget [link|http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-e.x.p-23869.tar.gz|http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-e.x.p-23869.tar.gz]

That link may change without warning, and may not work later. You will have to reconstruct it from however VMWare is running their servers this morning. Alternatively, you can install the openssh server on your machine, and scp the file to your computer.
5. Unzip the binaries using
tar xvzf <VMFILENAME>
, where VMFILENAME is the name of the file you just downloaded. The files will unzip, and a directory called \ufffdvmware-server-distrib\ufffd should be created.
6. Change to the directory created in step 6, using the cd command.
cd vmware-server-distrib
should do the trick.
7. Type
sudo ./vmware-install.pl
to start the install process
8. Accept defaults as given. They are sane, and default for a reason.
9. Don't forget to enter your product key. Once that has entered, your system is go for launch!


Note: I can't trim the fat down much more than that - VMWare insists on having the x-window-system-core package installed.
When somebody asks you to trade your freedoms for security, it isn't your security they're talking about.
New Thanks!
New Brillo-iant!
Scrubbed free of any distracting stuff.

Nice job. Seem you might just be gunning for my spot here... huh?
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Freedom is not FREE.
Yeah, but 10s of Trillions of US Dollars?
SELECT * FROM scog WHERE ethics > 0;

0 rows returned.
New Naw, I'm happy where I'm at.
For relative values of happy.

They don't pay enough, but on the other hand I can lip off to my boss all I want and they don't can me.
When somebody asks you to trade your freedoms for security, it isn't your security they're talking about.
New Watch it buddy...
That is exactly what got me in trouble in 2001.
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[link|mailto:greg@gregfolkert.net|greg],
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Freedom is not FREE.
Yeah, but 10s of Trillions of US Dollars?
SELECT * FROM scog WHERE ethics > 0;

0 rows returned.
New Don't know what kind of trouble you were in...
...but I've got a state employee's union behind me, and I keep my lip 'work appropriate'.
When somebody asks you to trade your freedoms for security, it isn't your security they're talking about.
New Re: Thane's "How to build a VMWare server in 30 minutes or l
Ah, but then we have this...

Your kernel was built with "gcc" version "3.4.5", while you are trying to use
"/usr/bin/gcc" version "4.0.2". This configuration is not supported and VMware
Server cannot work in such configuration. Please either recompile your kernel
with "/usr/bin/gcc" version "4.0.2", or restart /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl with
CC environment variable pointing to the "gcc" version "3.4.5".

For more information on how to troubleshoot module-related problems, please
visit our Web site at "[link|http://www.vmware.com/download/modules/modules.html|http://www.vmware.co...ules/modules.html]" and
"[link|http://www.vmware.com/support/reference/linux/prebuilt_modules_linux.html|http://www.vmware.co...odules_linux.html]".

Execution aborted.
Sniffing the glue that holds the internet together.
New Change the /usr/bin/gcc softlink
to the 3.4.x compiler installed on the machine.

That should take care of the issue.
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[link|mailto:greg@gregfolkert.net|greg],
[link|http://www.iwethey.org/ed_curry|REMEMBER ED CURRY!] @ iwethey
Freedom is not FREE.
Yeah, but 10s of Trillions of US Dollars?
SELECT * FROM scog WHERE ethics > 0;

0 rows returned.
New You're using Breezy (5.10), aren't you?
Breezy Badger had a problem where the GCC version shipped with the system didn't match the version that compiled the kernel. You'll need to get the right version of the compiler; as I don't have a Breezy box any more, I can't tell you what package to grab.
Hurt me if you must, but let the duckie go!
     Thane's "How to build a VMWare server in 30 minutes or less" - (inthane-chan) - (8)
         Thanks! -NT - (Another Scott)
         Brillo-iant! - (folkert) - (3)
             Naw, I'm happy where I'm at. - (inthane-chan) - (2)
                 Watch it buddy... - (folkert) - (1)
                     Don't know what kind of trouble you were in... - (inthane-chan)
         Re: Thane's "How to build a VMWare server in 30 minutes or l - (jimmythegeek) - (2)
             Change the /usr/bin/gcc softlink - (folkert)
             You're using Breezy (5.10), aren't you? - (inthane-chan)

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