VMWare Server install on Debian Etch (amd64)
Several times I installed VMWare Server on a $ARCH amd64 variant of Debian Etch. I think there are some quite good howtos around, how to do it on Debian Sarge, e.g. Falko's VMware on Sarge Howto
. Here I'll list some delicate details what you additionally have to do for running (compiling ) it on Etch.
- You need to apt-get development stuff
apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` libx11-6 libx11-dev x-window-system-core x-window-system xspecs libxtst6 libxfont-dev libfontenc-dev psmisc gcc
(This stuff has lots of dependencies to X11, so don't wonder why it gets some packages ...)
As you run a amd64 system and VMWare is a 32 bit apps, you need to have a 32 bit development stuff on the machine, too. (Booooo VMWare: The VMware app is available binary only, and can't be ported to amd64 arch by someone else than VMware people)
apt-get install libc6-dev-i386 ia32-libs
Get a free license code from VMware via Website, download VMware server (ATTOW version 1.0.2) and run ./vmware-install.pl in vmware-server-distrib. You may hit enter on all the shellscript's questions, there default values are just fine ecept three exceptions:
- The License of VMware has to be accepted and the serial must be entered.
- The kernel headers location must be set up. In my case I ran a 2.6.18-3-xen-vserver-amd64 kernel, so I had to set it to /lib/modules/2.6.18-3-xen-vserver-amd64/build/include
- You might want to change the default path for the virtual machine's storage to something else than "/var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines" if you don't like blanks in pathnames, as I do.
Then run ./vmware-install.pl in vmware-mui-distrib which installs the agent and webserver to manage the VMs.
WMware will run nice on a AMD64 $ARCH and give you the possibility to build 64 bit guests ("VMs") as well as 32 bit guests. Go to https://<yourip>:8333
to download the (proprietary) client software and build your VMs ...