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where the files are and how to initiate it

1   installation files:

  • /usr/local/src/zip/VMWARE/vmware-distrib-5.0.0

1.1   2008-04-04 uninstall vmware

run /usr/local/bin/

2   files:

  • most files in /usr/local/vmwire/
  • some conf files in /etc/vmware/
  • some kernel modules in /lib/modules/2.6.8-2-686-smp/misc/
  • devices:
  • Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 done
  • Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background) done
  • Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background) done
  • NAT service on /dev/vmnet8 done

3   steps to run vmware:

start the server -- /usr/local/vmwire/etc/vmware start (might need to move it to /etc/init.d/

start the workstation -- /usr/local/vmwire/bin/vmware

new virtual machine -- click the button and follow the instructions

network option -- nat(guest os uses dhcp and host needs to touch iptables(masquerade)


  • first run needs to enter SN (there's a button in menu 'help')
  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Ins to send Ctrl+Alt+Del to the guest OS
  • Press Ctrl+Alt to switch cursor and keyboard between guest and host OS

4   2006-08-06 kernel incompatibility

This version (above) of vmware doesn't work with kernel 2.6.15-26-386. The file include/linux/file.h was changed.

6   2008-4-5 new installation

ubuntu no longer maintains vmware player package. go to to download the tar.gz and install. converting the rpm to deb doesn't work.

unpack the tar.gz and run the script. Most stuff is installed relative to /usr/local/. some went to /etc/rc0-6.d and /etc/init.d.

6.1   2008-04-09 on laptop.

File /etc/vmware/not_configured has to be manually removed every time. For some reason, it appeared repeatedly on the disk.

step "Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0" in /etc/init.d/vmware start failed although vmplayer still runs.

6.2   2009-8-1 new kernel on desktop

After new kernel is installed, need to recompile vmware kernel modules:


Only linux kernel header files (like in /lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic/build/) are needed (no full source code).

Now Blocking file system: failed shows up upon starting VMware services. So /etc/vmware/not_configured has to be manually removed before starting vmplayer.

Comments (1)

crocea Dec 03, 2005 05:10 PM
Files in /usr/local/vmwire/etc/ are moved in /etc/rc0.d to /etc/rc6.d and /etc/init.d.

Change kernel version in /usr/local/src/kernel-source-2.6.8/include/linux/version.h.

Change #define UTS_RELEASE "2.6.8" to #define UTS_RELEASE "2.6.8-2-386"