Install VMWare server on Debian Etch

Posted on 2007-03-15

These are just my notes for installing VMWare server since I need to do it on a bunch of machines.

Load the prerequisites for VMWare server's script (it should be a single line):

apt-get install libx11-6 libx11-dev libxtst6 xinetd wget linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential gcc binutils-doc make manpages-dev autoconf automake1.9 libtool flex bison gdb libc6-dev-amd64 lib64gcc1 gcc-2.95-doc

Extract the downloaded file:

tar -xvzf /root/VMware-server-1.0.2-39867.tar.gz

Get some serial numbers by filling out the form at

Run with the defaults for everything except NAT networking which should be no.

Add the following to /usr/bin/vmware (on the first blank line):


The VMWare icon is under Applications/System Tools.

Tags: debian etch vmware