Installing VMware Server 2.0.1 on Ubuntu Server 9.10

Seriously, this was simple – and even better, it’s STABLE!

Instructions for this install are basically the same as those for my previous post using Ubuntu 9.04 and VM Svr 2.0.1 – except, now we need new patch files and the good folk at Ubuntu Geek have already written a great HOWTO Guide which steps through everything you need to do – so I’ll just summarise the changes in case you want to follow my guide with the changes 🙂

New Patch Files:

Get them


Unpack them

tar xvzf vmware-server.2.0.1_x64-modules-

Use them


Remove the old unpatched files

sudo rm -rf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/binary

Run the VMWare installer


If anything goes wrong and you need to start again:

Delete the vmware modules using the following command

rm -rf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/
rm -rf /lib/modules/2.6.31-13-server/misc/vm*

Now kill all vmware processes manually

kill -9 $( ps -ef | awk ‘/vm/ { print $2 }’ )

Now run file


at the time of installation where you see the following message type no and press enter

Before running VMware Server for the first time, you need to configure it by
invoking the following command: “/usr/bin/”.

 Do you want this
 program to invoke the command for you now? [yes] no

Now you need to run the patch script file using the following command


After completing this you should run

sudo /usr/bin/

Good luck! (and thanks again Ubuntu Geek)