VMware Server on Debian Etch

Although it isn't officially supported by VMware, you can use VMware Server with Debian GNU/Linux as the host operating system. Here's an example of how I set up VMware Server 1.0.4 on my Intel Pentium 3. Use the right kernel-image for your CPU. (FYI, the old sarge version of this page is now archived.)

debian packages

# apt-get install linux-image-2.6.18-5-686
# apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.18-5-686

vmware installation

download the VMware Server software tarball.

] tar xzvf VMware-server-1.0.4-56528.tar.gz 
] cd vmware-server-distrib
] sudo bash

# ./vmware-install.pl

Install to the destination folder: /opt/vmware/
Linux kernel headers are in: /lib/modules/2.6.18-6-686/build/include

After the install is complete, copy this file to prevent an error message:
# cp /usr/lib/libpng12.so.0.15.0 /opt/vmware/lib/vmware/lib/libpng12.so.0/libpng12.so.0

installing Windows XP Pro in a VM

create new "custom" virtual machine use Virtual IDE hard disk

installing Windows 2000 Pro in a VM

I haven't installed Win2k from scratch in VMware Server yet, instead I just upgraded my VMware Workstation Windows 2000 machine to a VMware Server virtual machine. piece of cake. No trouble.

installing Windows 98 SE in a VM

Windows 98 is no longer supported by Mircosort but it installs fine in Vmware Server.

installing Debian Sarge inside a VM

The virtual ethernet card uses the pcnet32 module. It is autodetected by the debian installer.

installing Debian Woody inside a VM

The virtual ethernet card uses the pcnet32 module. This module is already in the bf24 kernel.

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