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VMware on Linux: Learning guide

Hannah Drake, Assistant Editor
Andrew Kutz

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Want to install VMware Server on Linux? You've come to the right place. This learning guide offers a quick overview of everything the VMware Server on Linux series has to offer, from installing VMware on Linux to installing a guest operating system on a virtual machine.

Author Andrew Kutz has been professionally involved in the technology sector for over 10 years and currently works for the Univeristy of Texas - Austin. He is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).

If you have any questions for Andrew about VMware Server or this guide, feel free to drop him a line via editor@searchservervirtualization.com.

Introduction: How VMware Server works

VMware Server: As with many free products, there is some assembly required. In the first tip of this series, Andrew Kutz sets the stage for the deployment guide and describes how VMware server works.

Services, networking and RAID

VMware Server services and executables are your tools for establishing and managing security, networking, administration and other functions, as well as preparing hosts for virtual machines.

Installing Linux

Time to get Linux up, running and primed for VMware Server. Get the step-by-step in this installment of the tip, complete with screenshots.

Configuring and securing Linux

Ubuntu Linux comes very well configured and secured out of the box, but you can usually find ways to tweak a server. Andrew gives you configuration tips for maximum security in this installment.

Installing VMware Server

The VMware Server installation process itself is extremely straightforward. This section provides instructions on how to secure VMware Server, how to fix a nagging bug that crops up with installing it on Ubuntu and how to monitor and back up the server.

VMware Server management user interface

Unlike the Windows version of VMware Server, the VMware Server Management User Interface (MUI) is a separate component to be installed in the Linux version. This section details how to obtain the MUI, how to install it, how to secure and configure it, and how to log in.

Creating a virtual machine

You won't get far with VMware without virtual machines. In this section, Andrew Kutz gets your first VMware on Linux virtual machine up and running.

Installing a guest operating system

The final frontier is installing a guest operating system so you can virtualize a server. Learn how in the last section of the series.

This was first published in October 2007

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