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How To: Install VMWare Server 2.0.2 on Ubuntu 10.04 32 or 64 bit with Patch

by Jon on August 16th, 2010

I recently installed VMWare server on a Ubuntu 10.04 system and found that it was pretty easy but there was a patch that needs to be installed for everything to work correctly. I will go over the installation of the patch and VMWare.

1. First thing to do is download VMWare Server from and extract the file into /usr/src

2. Also a couple of dependanceies need to be installed to compile vmware.

apt-get install make gcc

3. Next you need to download the patch files from here, or you can get them from the author, all of the individual files need to be downloaded from the author I packaged all of them into a tar file.

4. The easiest way to do this is downloading the tar package to /usr/src then use the tar zxf patch-vm.tar.gz to extract the files into a folder.

5. Once you have extracted the patch folder go into that directory and no changes need to be made if you are working out of /usr/src/patch-vm. Now in there run the script “./ /usr/src/vmware-server-distrib/lib/modules/source” this command will patch all the files needed to clean up VMWare.

6. Now VMWare can be installed with the script in the folder containing the vmware source.

These directions assume you have a basic understanding of linux and how to install applications.

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  1. Corey permalink

    Thanks for the guide. It really helped me out. Last time I tried to install VMserver on Ubuntu 10.04 I spent days on it. Thanks again!!!

  2. I have problem with this message: make[1]: Leaving directory ‘/usr/surc/linux-headers-2.6.32-32-server’
    cp -f vmnet.ko ./../vmnet.o
    make: Leaving directory ‘/tmp/vmware-config3/vmnet-only’
    unable to make a vmnet module that can be loaded in the rnning kernel:
    insmod: error inserting ‘/tmp/vmware-config3/vmnet.o’: -1 File exists
    There is probably a slight difference in the kernel configuration between the set of C header files you specified and your running kernel. You may want to rebuild a kernel based on that directory, or specify another directory.

    Please help me about that!!!

    • This looks like a problem with the version of Ubuntu you are using. I wrote that post for Ubuntu 10.04 which is outdated at this point. I can help you fix this if you give me more information on your operating system version.

  3. paul permalink

    12.04 ubuntu 3.2.0-54-generic kernel

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