Setting up VMware Server on Linux

Instructions on how to setup VMware server on linux and access it from a windows machine.

Pre-Setup

Download VMware server rpm for Linux from http://www.vmware.com and register for a free serial number.  The current version is 1.0.3.

Setup access to the server. See Installing Cygwin for Windows XP for instructions on how to setup access to the linux server.

Installation

Log into the linux server

ssh linux01
cd /media/usbdisk/source/vmware/server/linux/1.0.3
su

Install the RPM

rpm -ivh VMware-server-1.0.3-44356.i386.rpm

Configure VMware

As root run:

/usr/bin/vmware-config.pl

Accept the End User License.
Accept the default directory for mime type icon.
Accept the default desktop menu entry files
Accept the default for application's icons
Networking for Virtual Machines: yes
Ethernet network: eth0
NAT networking: yes
Probe for private subnet: yes
Host-only network: yes
Probe for private subnet: yes
Accept default for remote console connections
Accept default direction for virtual machine files
Enter the VMware serial number you received when you downloaded vmware server.

Verify that vmware will startup when the server reboots.  As root run:

/sbin/chkconfig --list vmware
vmware          0:off   1:off   2:on    3:on    4:off   5:on    6:off

Install VMware Console on Windows

Download VMware console for windows from http://www.vmware.com

On the windows workstation install the server:

Double click on VMware-console-1.0.3-44356.exe
Accept the End User Agreement.
Accept the default installation location.

Configure the Console

Double click on the VMware Server Console icon on the windows desktop.

In the Connect to Host dialog box enter the hostname, username and password.

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