The VMWare server is not available over the paketmanager in Ubuntu 8.04. You have to do a manual installation. First you have to download the server from the VMWare website and the vmware-any-any-update116 (482.8 KB) (version 1.1.6) which you have to extract into the vmware-server-distrib folder (extracted VMWare server). Befor you can start the VMWare installer, you have to install some pakets:
sudo aptitude install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential xinetd gcc-3.4
Now you can start the VMWare installer.
cd vmware-server-distrib sudo ./vmware-install.pl
You can confirm all settings with “Enter”, except the question if you want to run the VMWare configuration script (vmware-configure.pl), which you should answer with “No”.
Now start the vmware-any-any-update:
cd cd vmware-any-any-update116 sudo ./runme.pl
Here you can run the VMWare configuration script.
The last step is to copy some libraries into the VMWare folder, which are required by the console.
sudo cp /usr/lib/libpng12.so.0 /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libpng12.so.0 sudo cp /lib/libgcc_s.so.1 /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libgcc_s.so.1
Now you can start the VMWare console over the menue and you have successful installed the VMWare server.