October 10, 2010

Installing VMware Server 2 on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 64-bit

We ran into issues installing the 64-bit RPM version of VMware Server 2.0.2 on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 x86_64. The installation went fine, but the web administration console would just not come up.

VMware Server 2.0.2 (build 203138) can be downloaded from http://www.vmware.com/download/server/getserver.html

We initially downloaded the RPM, which gave us grief:
VMware-server-2.0.2-203138.x86_64.rpm
In the past, the TAR version worked just fine though, so we used that instead:
VMware-server-2.0.2-203138.x86_64.tar.gz
1. Run the following commands to extract and install the software. Follow the on-screen instructions, but in most cases, you'll probably accept most defaults.
tar xzvf VMware-gsx-3.2.1-19281.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib/
./vmware-install.pl
2. Use the following commands to startup/shutdown the software:
STARTUP: /etc/rc.d/init.d/vmware start
SHUTDOWN: /etc/rc.d/init.d/vmware stop
STATUS: /etc/rc.d/init.d/vmware status

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