Sunday, October 10, 2010

Installing VMware Server 2 on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 64-bit

We ran into issues installing the 64-bit RPM version of VMware Server 2.0.2 on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 x86_64. The installation went fine, but the web administration console would just not come up.

VMware Server 2.0.2 (build 203138) can be downloaded from

We initially downloaded the RPM, which gave us grief:
In the past, the TAR version worked just fine though, so we used that instead:
1. Run the following commands to extract and install the software. Follow the on-screen instructions, but in most cases, you'll probably accept most defaults.
tar xzvf VMware-gsx-3.2.1-19281.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib/
2. Use the following commands to startup/shutdown the software:
STARTUP: /etc/rc.d/init.d/vmware start
SHUTDOWN: /etc/rc.d/init.d/vmware stop
STATUS: /etc/rc.d/init.d/vmware status

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