By Tim Miller
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VMWare Server is a free software from VMWare that allows you to run multiple guest operating systems (“virtual machines”) such as Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, etc. on a host operating system.

For example, when you install VMWare Server on Ubuntu, you can run a virtual instance of Windows XP and a virtual instance of FreeBSD at the same time.

As long as you have enough memory, processor and disk space, you can be running several virtual instances on one host operating system. VMWare Server allows you to save on hardware equipment and space by running multiple guest operating systems without incurring any additional fees.

Setting Up Build Environment

  1. Run the following commands to set up the build environment:

    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential xinetd

Downloading VMWare Server

1. Go to and download the latest version of VMWare Server.

2. Accept the EULA and download the binary (.tar.gz) for VMWare Server for Linux.

3. Save the file to a folder on your local machine.

Installing VMWare Server

1. Change to the folder that has the VMWare Server file you just downloaded.

2. Extract the compressed file:

tar -zxvf VMware-server-xxx.tar.gz

3. Change to the install directory:

cd vmware-server-distrib

4. Run the installer:

sudo ./

5. Run through the setup using the default settings.

6. At the end of the installation, you will be asked to enter the VMWare Server serial number. You can get the serial number by registering the product on VMWare.

7. After the installation, run the following command:

sudo ln -sf /lib/ /usr/lib/vmware/lib/

Starting VMWare Server Console

1. Run the VMWare Server Console by going to Applications -> System Tools -> VMWare Server Console in your Ubuntu machine.

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