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Installing VMware Workstation 3.2 on a Linux Host

Installing VMware Workstation 3.2 on a Linux Host

Getting started with VMware Workstation is simple. The key steps are

  1. Install the VMware Workstation software as described in this chapter.

  2. Start VMware Workstation and enter your serial number. You need to do this only once - the first time you start VMware Workstation after you install it.

  3. Create a virtual machine using the Configuration Wizard. See Creating a New Virtual Machine.

  4. Install a guest operating system in the new virtual machine. You need the installation media (CD-ROM or floppy disks) for your guest operating system. See Installing a Guest Operating System and VMware Tools.

  5. Install the VMware Tools package inside your virtual machine for enhanced performance. See Installing VMware Tools.

  6. Start using your virtual machine.

Before you begin, be sure you have

  • A computer and host operating system that meet the system requirements for running VMware Workstation. See Host System Requirements.
  • The VMware Workstation installation software. If you bought the packaged distribution of VMware Workstation, the installation software is on the CD in your package. If you bought the electronic distribution, the installation software is in the file you downloaded.
  • Your VMware Workstation serial number. The serial number is included in the VMware Workstation package or in the email message confirming your electronic distribution order.
  • The installation CD or disks for your guest operating system.
Installing the VMware Workstation Software

Installing the VMware Workstation Software

If you are installing VMware Workstation on a SuSE Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 8.0 SMP host, please read Before You Install on a SuSE Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 8.0 Host Operating System.

Note: The steps below describe an installation from a CD-ROM disc. If you downloaded the software, the steps are the same except that you start from the directory where you saved the installer file you downloaded, not from the Linux directory on the CD.

  1. Log on to your Linux host with the user name you plan to use when running VMware Workstation.

  2. In a terminal window, become root so you can carry out the initial installation steps.
    su -

  3. Mount the VMware Workstation CD-ROM.

  4. Change to the Linux directory on the CD.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • To use the RPM installer, run RPM specifying the installation file.
      rpm -Uhv VMware-<xxx>.rpm
      (where VMware-<xxx>.rpm is the installation file on the CD; in place of <xxx> the filename contains numbers that correspond to the version and build)

      Note: If you are upgrading from VMware Workstation 3.0, before you install the RPM package, you need to remove the prebuilt modules RPM package included in the 3.0 release. To remove the modules, type the following at a command prompt:
      rpm -e VMwareWorkstationKernelModules

    • To use the tar installer, you may either copy a tar archive to your hard disk and install following the directions below, or skip the steps for copying and unpacking the archive and install directly from the vmware-distrib directory on the CD.
      Copy the tar archive to a directory on your hard drive, for example, /tmp.
      cp VMware-<xxx>.tar.gz /tmp
      Change to the directory to which you copied the file.
      cd /tmp
      Unpack the archive.
      tar zxf VMware-<xxxx>.tar.gz
      Change to the installation directory.
      cd vmware-distrib
      Run the installation script.
      ./vmware-install.pl
      Accept the default directories for binary files, library files, manual files, documentation files and init script.
  6. Run the configuration script.
    vmware-config.pl

    Note: If you use the RPM installer, you need to run this script separately from the command line. If you install from the tar archive, the installer offers to launch the configuration script for you. Answer Yes when you see the prompt.

    Use this script to reconfigure VMware Workstation whenever you upgrade your kernel. It is not necessary to reinstall VMware Workstation after you upgrade your kernel.

    You can also use vmware-config.pl to reconfigure the networking options for VMware Workstation - for example, to add or remove host-only networks.

  7. Press Enter to read the end user license agreement (EULA). You may page through it by pressing the space bar. If the Do you accept prompt doesn't appear, press Q to get to the next prompt.

  8. The remaining prompts are worded in such a way that, in most cases, the default response is appropriate. Some exceptions are noted here:

    • The configuration script prompts you
      Do you want this script to automatically configure your system to allow your virtual machines to access the host's file system?
      If you already have Samba running on your host computer, answer No.
      If Samba is not already running on your host computer, answer Yes to this question; the VMware Workstation installer configures it for you. When prompted for a user name and password to use with the Samba configuration, enter the user name you used in step 1 above.
    • To enable host-only networking, respond Yes to the following prompts if they appear:
      Do you want your virtual machines to be able to use the host's network resources?
      Do you want to be able to use host-only networking in your virtual machines?
      Do you want this script to probe for an unused private subnet?
This allows for the sharing of files between the virtual machine and the host operating system. For more information, see Host-Only Networking.

Note: If you do not enable host-only networking now, you cannot allow a virtual machine to use both bridged and host-only networking.

  1. The configuration program displays a message saying the configuration completed successfully. If it does not, run the installation program again.

  2. When done, exit from the root account.
    exit

Before You Install on a SuSE Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 8.0 Host Operating System

Before You Install on a SuSE Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 8.0 Host Operating System

If you are installing VMware Workstation on a SuSE Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 8.0 host operating system running an SMP (symmetric multiprocessor) kernel, you need to install the non-PAE-enabled kernel for your SuSE Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 8.0 SMP host before you can install the VMware software.

SuSE Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 SMP kernels implement 64GB PAE memory and are not supported. For SuSE Linux 7.1 and 7.2 hosts, the non-PAE-enabled versions of these SMP kernels can be installed from the RPM package available on the SuSE distribution CD-ROM (/suse/images/k_psmp.rpm). For a SuSE Linux 7.3 or 8.0 host, you can select the non-PAE-enabled SMP kernel by running the YaST2 configuration utility.

The VMware Workstation installer contains prebuilt modules that work with the non-PAE-enabled kernels for SuSE Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 SMP distributions.

Installing the Non-PAE-Enabled Kernel on a SuSE Linux 7.1 or 7.2 Host

Installing the Non-PAE-Enabled Kernel on a SuSE Linux 7.1 or 7.2 Host

  1. Mount the SuSE CD-ROM containing the non-PAE-enabled kernel package.

    mount -t iso9660 /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

  2. Save your current kernel and, if necessary, your current initrd.

    cp /boot/vmlinuz /boot/vmlinuz.old

    cp /boot/initrd /boot/initrd.old

  3. Uninstall the current kernel package.

    rpm -e k_smp-2.4.4-14

  4. Install the new kernel package.

    rpm -Uhv /mnt/cdrom/suse/images/k_psmp.rpm

  5. Create a new initial ram disk, which holds the drivers used for accessing your root file system (for example, if it resides on a SCSI disk). If your system does not need a ram disk, it won't be created.

    mk_initrd

  6. Reconfigure the Linux loader (LILO).

    lilo

    Note: If you are using LOADLIN, you have to copy the /boot/vmlinuz kernel image and the /boot/initrd initial ram disk to your DOS partition.

  7. Reboot your SuSE host operating system.

Installing the Non-PAE-Enabled Kernel on a SuSE 7.3 or 8.0 Host

Installing the Non-PAE-Enabled Kernel on a SuSE 7.3 or 8.0 Host

  1. Log in as root and run YaST2.

  2. Click System, then Select kernel.

  3. Select Kernel 2.4 with SMP -- support for older processors (Pentium Classic). This selects the 4GB non-PAE-enabled kernel.

  4. Click Finish, then click Close to exit YaST. When you reboot your host machine in the next step, the new kernel is selected and the inetd process automatically starts.

  5. Reboot your SuSE Linux host operating system.

After you finish configuring your SuSE Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 8.0 host operating system, you are ready to install VMware Workstation.

Uninstalling VMware Workstation 3.2 on a Linux Host

Uninstalling VMware Workstation 3.2 on a Linux Host

If you used the RPM installer to install VMware Workstation, remove the software from your system by running

rpm -e VMwareWorkstation

If you used the tar installer to install VMware Workstation, remove the software from your system by running

vmware-uninstall.pl

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