Setting up VMWare on Ubuntu

With one hitch (which mainly only effects my machine configuration) the VMWare installation on Ubuntu is fairly straight forward::

  • Obtain a VMWare Server serial number by registering at the VMWare website
  • Add the universe, multiverse and (important) commercial repositories
  • Start Synaptic Package Manager
  • Search for "vmware-server"
  • mark the "vmware-server" for installation. Via dependencies, it should also select the "vmware-server-kernel-modeluesxxx" for installation
  • hit apply
  • when prompted, enter the VMWare server serial number


I had noticed that,sometimes, it seems that the VMs cannot connect to the host via the network. I had experimented with installing Ubuntu several times.  Every so offen, for a given install, none of the VMs would have network connectivity.  It was all or nothing.  Either all the VMs I created (XP, Solaris, Ubuntu) had network connectivity or none did.

 

I finally figured out what the cause of the problem was.  It revolved around the fact I have two network adapters, but only one is physically connected to the network. It so happens that ln0 was disconnected and ln1 was connected. In my latest reinstallation of Ubuntu, I forgot to disable ln0 before installing VMWare. Consequently, when I installed VMWare it attached to ln0 - resulting in none of my VM's having network connectivity.

I could not figure out how to reroute the VM network in the configuration files. Instead, I disabled ln0 then uninstalled  and reinstalled VMWare. I then pointed to my existing VM images and everything was good.

Unknown if, had I had ln0 connected and ln1 disconnected, would the VM problem arose.  Either way, if you have a network adapter that is not physically connected, it is best to disable it before proceeding with the VM install.  I will, eventually, lookup how to change network adapters on the VM site and detail the steps here.  

Comments:

Posted by guest on March 15, 2008 at 09:56 AM EDT #

I am thinking of setting up VMware of some kind instead of a multiple boot system and need advice.

I have a Dell XPS630i system with Core2Extreme Quad Core 3.16GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 2 DVD drives, dual TV tuner card, SB Xfi and 2 - 300GB 10,000rpm SATA hard drives.

Bear with me if what I am about to suggest is not possible or is not a good idea, as my level of expertise with Windows, Linux and VMware in general is low.

Would it be possible and/or preferable to set up Windows Vista Ultimate, or Windows XP Pro SP3, or a version of Ubuntu Linux as my primary host OS with the 2 identical hard drives set up as a RAID array, to give me one fast 600GB hard drive and run the other two OSes via VMware?

In other words, if it is possible to do the above, which of the three OSes listed would be the best host OS? If it were possible to somehow run MacOS 10.5.5 on this Dell XPS630i tower, it would end up being my primary OS to use I think. I currently also have a MacBook laptop and prefer to do my email and internet browsing from MacOS for safety and ease of use reasons.

My other OSes of choice are AmigaOS 3.9, which runs via an emulator on top of Windows, or original hardware, which I have many of, and MorphOS2.1 which I have running on an EFIKA development board with a 1 watt SOC CPU, 60GB, 2.5" hard drive and Radeon 9250 128mb graphics card on a 90 degree riser card so the whole system fits in an enclosure smaller than an external CD/DVD drive and uses only 10 watts or less TOTAL and is lightning fast!

Posted by AmigaDave on December 15, 2008 at 03:19 PM EST #

AmigaDave

First of all MACOS won't install on non-mac systems not without some serious hacking. As for What OS to use. That boils down to preference. Windows tends to bog down resources. Linux is a better choice for a main OS as there are many available.

Ubuntu is a little easier to use in some ways. Fedora tends to have the latest stuff.
Opensuse just established a release cycle.
Opensolaris is good.

It's like a candy shop....which chocolate bar is better.

Posted by Jonah Brown on August 24, 2009 at 06:30 PM EDT #

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