This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server on a CentOS 5.2 desktop system. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems (“virtual machines“) such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system. This has the benefit that you can run multiple operating systems on the same hardware which saves a lot of money, and you can move virtual machines from one VMware Server to the next one.

Operating System
CentOS5.2

VMware Server Version
VMware Server 1.0.3

Preparing CentOS before installing VMware Server

yum -y install system-config-services xinetd kernel-devel

Downloading VMware Server

To get the serial number you need to run VMware Server, go to http://register.vmware.com/content/registration.html. Fill in your personal details. Afterwards you will get a page with a serial number for VMware Server. Write it down or print it out:

cd /usr/local/src
wget http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-server-1.0.3-44356.tar.gz
tar zxvf VMware-server-1.0.3-44356.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib
./vmware-install.pl

The installer will ask you a lot of questions. You can always accept the default values simply by hitting . When it asks you

You will now find VMware Server under Applications > System Tools

When you start it, select Local host

VMware Server On A CentOS
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