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Install vmware server on domU Xen

In order to get an install of windows working on my remote server (just for testing purposes) I tried putting vmware ontop of a XEN guest OS (domU). Here is what I done:

  1. Gunzip it and extract it.
  2. run to install it.
  3. It will go through a series of questions - choose the defaults. I put most of the files in /opt/
  4. It will ask for the Serial you obtained after Registering with vmware.

Now onto the Tricky part:

  1. While finishing the last step of installing, vmware tries to locate a suitable Kernel. If it cant find a usable one, it will try and compile its own vmware kernel using the source files of your current running kernel.
  2. So - you need to install “make” and “gcc” to allow the script to compile a vmware kernel from the source of your existing one.

apt-get install make gcc

  1. After the install finds make, - it will search for the source code of your current running kernel (domU). It looks for kernel source files in /usr/src/linux/

The easiest way to get kernel-header source files is to add in an entry in /etc/apt/sources.list deb sarge-backports main apt-get update apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.16-1-xen-k7

This installs into /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.16-1-xen-k7

For the vmware install it must be in the format /usr/src/linux/ mv /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.16-1-xen-k7 /usr/src/linux/

The install may still give out - about missing a Module → QM_MODULES apt-get install module-init-tools update-modules

Restart the last step in vmware install /opt/bin/

The vmware installer also couldnt find/configure perl correctly - so it skipped the step saying that this config couldnt be used. Vmware should install fine. In order to get vmware up and running quickly - in KDE - browse to /opt/bin/vmware and open the executable vmware. It should open up and allow you to connect. You can configure a machine in the GUI.


try_and_install_vmware_on_domu_to_run_windows.txt · Last modified: 2022/07/19 21:13 by