Howto: Install VMware Server On Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

So you want to create a VMware Server on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10? And you want to run it without the graphical user interface (GUI)?

Well today you are in luck. VMware Server (free), allows you to connect graphically to administer a VMware Server so there is no need to install a GUI on your VMware Server and waste precious RAM.

Let’s get started.

First off, I assume that you already have an install of Gutsy Gibbon server version installed and set to a static IP address. From here on out it is pretty easy.

All we have to do is run the following command to install a few prerequisites before we get started.

First jump to the root account:

sudo su


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

After that is installed we grab the install tar file from


extract the tar:

tar xfz VMware-server-1.*

then move into the newly created directory:

cd vmware-server-distrib

Then run the install script:


Accept all the default options (unless you have reason not to) and you will return back to the command prompt after installation is complete.

At this point you can connect to the server via the VMware console by entering the IP address of your new VMware Server and the login credentials.

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