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Installing VMware Server on Windows 7

Have you ever wanted to test a new application but did not in fear that it will mess up your computer? Maybe you wanted to evaluate a new operating system but did not have a spare computer to try it on. Well VMware has a solution for you. VMware is pretty much the pioneer of the computer virtualization industry, and it is still one of the most popular solutions. In basic terms: VMware allows you to run multiple operating systems on one computer. These operating systems can be used in an infinite number of ways, with the only limitation usually being your hardware.

The specific solution outlined for building a VMware virtual server in the tutorial below is VMware Server 2.0 which is suitable for businesses and individuals alike. While it is free, you will need purchase support for it if you run into issues, but you can always ask us if you get stuck and most likely we can get you through it!

For today’s purposes, we will be installing VMware 2.0 Server on top of Microsoft Windows 7, but in a future tutorial we’ll show you how to build a VMware Server on a Linux (Ubuntu)host from scratch.

Let’s get started:

1. Open your favorite Internet browser

2. In the HTML address bar, navigate to ‘’

a. ***Note that the page layout may change at anytime from the time that this tutorial was written

3. Hover your mouse cursor over the ‘Products’ button

4. Click on ‘VMware Server’

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5. Click on the ‘Download’ button

6. Although VMware Server is a free product, you will need to register for it. In the next window, you will need to enter your registration information

7. Open up another browser window or tab and login to the email account you used to register VMware Server

8. You will find that VMware has sent you an email with a subject of ‘Access VMware Server’

9. Open the email

10. Click on ‘Activate your VMware Server License…’

11. You will be taken back to the VMware Server download page. Towards the top of the page, you will see your license which you will need on Step 28

12. In the download section, look for VMware Server for the Windows Operating System

13. Click on the ‘Manually Download’ link

14. When prompted, click on the ‘Save’ button and save it to a known location

15. Navigate to the folder that contains the file you just downloaded

16. Double-click on vmware-server-*.exe to launch start the installation process

17. As soon as you see the Installation Wizard, click on the ‘Next’ button

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18. Read the license agreement

19. Click the ‘Yes, I accept…’ radio button

20. Click the ‘Next’ button

21. Confirm the location where you would like to install VMware server

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22. Click the ‘Next’ button

23. Confirm the location of your virtual machines, the fully qualified domain name and the communication port numbers

24. Select which shortcuts you would like

25. Click the ‘Next’ button

26. It will take a few minutes for VMware Server to install

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27. You will be prompted to enter your User Name, Company, and Serial Number

a. The username you enter here will be the default user that has access to your VMware Server console

28. Go back to your Internet browser window and copy or cut the serial number

29. Go back to the Installation Wizard and paste the serial number in the ‘Serial Number’ field

30. Click the ‘Enter’ button

31. Click the ‘Finish’ button

32. Restart your computer when prompted

33. Login to your computer

34. Launch ‘VMware Server Home Page’ or open your web browser and go to ‘’

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35. You should now see your new ‘VMware Server’ console. From the VMware console you can add existing or create new virtual machines

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That’s it! You are now ready to test out that Linux distribution that everyone has been talking about. Maybe you would like to try setting up a Windows Home Server (WHS) or FreeNAS server following our tutorials here at Home System Integration. You can even use it as a tool when writing tutorials for us!  Yes, we are looking for writers! Feel free to leave us a comment below and we’ll try to work out any issues you may be experiencing.

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About the Author

John ReyesJohn, a seasoned IT professional working in the field since the Dot-Com Era, currently works as a system engineer for a large health care organization. In addition to his full time job, John also specializes in small business consulting, data recovery, forensics and freelance writing. He is also very active in the open-source community. When he’s not in front of a computer, you’ll usually find him mountain biking on a hill somewhere.View all posts by John Reyes

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