Installing VMWare server on a Fedora Core 6 host is a pretty simple procedure. There is one bug though. Follow the guidelines and you'll get there. No sweat. Virtualisation will give you a lot of fun. It's my favorite software.. except for Space Invaders.
I installed the FC6 without X Windows and with a minimun of resources. That's why I had to install some packages afterwards as you will see.
# yum -y install xinetd
# service xinetd start
# chkconfig –level 3 xinetd on
# yum -y install kernel-devel
This action in needed to prevent the vmware install procedure from failing (only on FC6)
# touch /usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-1.2798.fc6-i586/include/linux/config.h
Download the vmware-server rpm and the webserver interface to the /tmp directory.
Install the VMWare server
# cd /tmp
# rpm -ivh /tmp/VMware-server-1.0.1-29996.i386.rpm
Now you get the install questions. For almost every question the default answer is preferred. I suggest you use port 902 for the client to connect to. This is convenient when you have more then one vmware server you connect to.
I ran the vmware-config script and it failed because of missing libraries (libX11.so.6). I had installed this package:
# yum -y install libXtst
Install the webinterface
# tar xvzf VMware-mui-1.0.1-29996.tar.gz
# cd vmware-mui-distrib/
Later on I updated FC6 to kernel 2.6.19-1.2895.fc6 (I also installed the kernel-devel package). Because the kernel is new and the vmaware server version isn't ready for it you can download and install a patch created by the Open Source community.
# touch /usr/src/kernels/2.6.19-1.2895.fc6-i586/include/linux/config.h
# yum -y install gcc-c++
# cd /tmp/
# wget http://www.serverchief.com/vmware/vmware-any-any-update107.tar.gz
(Or get it from http://knihovny.cvut.cz/ftp/pub/vmware/)
# tar xvzf vmware-any-any-update107.tar.gz
# cd vmware-any-any-update107