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Installing VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 10.10 Server


If your Connected Home is like a growing number of the earth’s population, you most likely have more than one computer around the house.  In fact, if you can answer yes to any of the following statements, then we have a solution for you:

  • Do you have three or more computers running different operating systems for different tasks?
  • Have you ever wanted to try out a new operating system or application but did not want to risk affecting your current configuration?
  • Would you like to save energy and space by combining multiple computers into one?

ubuntu vmware serverThe answer to all of these issues is:

Desktop Virtualization


Basically, desktop virtualization combines multiple operating system installations into one physical computer. In this tutorial, we will show you how to setup a Linux VMWare Server. We will install VMware Server 2.0 on one of the most popular Linux distributions, Ubuntu Server 10.10.


If you are looking for Windows Virtualization, you may remember a tutorial written by our very own Tom Abell on how to setup Windows 7 to act as a virtual host for various operating systems like Ubuntu or Windows Home Server 2011.

This series of articles will show how to create an Ubuntu VMWare Server step by step and this first tutorial of the series will walk you through a Ubuntu Server install..

Ubuntu Server has several advantages over Windows 7 when it comes to being a virtual server. Being a server platform, it has much less resource overhead and offers more stability over its desktop counterpart. Another advantage is cost. Any version of Ubuntu is free to download and install, while any Microsoft operating system requires the user to pay for a license.

Well enough with the talk, let’s get started!

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Download Ubuntu Server 10.10


1. From another computer launch your favorite Internet browser

2. Navigate to

3. Find the link to ‘Server’

4. Click the ‘Download’ button

5. On the drop down menus select ‘Ubuntu 10.10’ and ’64-bit’

** 64-bit processor is highly recommended for VMWare Server hosts. It will make all guest operating systems perform much better. If your computer does not support a 64-bit operating system, go ahead and download the 32-bit version.

6. Click the ‘Start Download’ button

7. When the download is done, burn the ISO to a CD or DVD

Install Ubuntu Server 10.10


8. Insert your newly burned disc on the computer

9. Turn your computer on and boot off your CD-ROM

10. A splash page will appear requesting that you select the language that will be used during the installation process and press ‘Enter’

11. You will be taken to the Ubuntu installation page. Select ‘Install Ubuntu Server’ and press ‘Enter’

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12. You will be asked once again to choose a language. Your choice here will be the default language for the final system

13. Choose your country, territory, or area

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14. The installer will ask you if you want to have your keyboard layout detected. If you know what your keyboard layout is, select ‘No’

15. In the next page, you will be able to select the country origin of your keyboard. Select it and press.

a. If you do not see your country, select ‘Go Back’ and in the previous screen, let the installer detect your keyboard

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16. In the next few steps, the installer will detect your computer’s hardware, DHCP network settings, and a few other configurations

17. You will be prompted to input your server’s hostname. Choose something meaningful to you, select ‘Continue’

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18. You will then be asked to configure your clock. The installer will try to automatically detect your time zone. Hit ‘enter’ if it picked the correct one.

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19. The installer will ask you how you want your disks to be partitioned. To avoid any complications, I chose to use the entire disk

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20. You will then be asked which disk you want to install Ubuntu on. Scroll down to the correct one and press ‘Enter’

21. The installer will list how the partition table will be written. Confirm that everything is correct and select ‘Yes’ to write the changes to disks

22. The installer will now install the base system

23. Now type in the name of a new user

24. Type in the username you would like to use

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25. Type in the password of the new user

26. Type it in again to confirm

27. Choose whether or not you want to encrypt your home directory or not

a. Since I will not be putting personal files on this server, I chose not to encrypt my home folder

28. You will be asked to put the proxy information of your network. If you do not use a proxy server to connect to the Internet, leave this line blank

29. Now you will be asked if you want your server to download and install security updates automatically, manage them with the Landscape utility, or not allow automatic updates. I chose to use Landscape to manage the updates in the future

30. Type in a descriptive text used to identify your server within Landscape. I listed the hostname here.

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31. Choose a lower case name for the Landscape account. I chose to keep it simple and use ‘landscape’

32. Now type in a password for the Landscape account.

33. You will now be prompted to install different software packages. I chose to install only OpenSSH for remote administration

a. Do not install Virtual Machine Host. This will install a different kernel. Since we will be using VMWare Server, you can omit this choice.

b. We can add packages at a later time


34. Since this is the only base operating system we are installing on this server, it is highly recommended to install the GRUB boot loader to the master boot record. Select ‘Yes’

35. After GRUB is installed and configured, you will be prompted that installation is complete. Go ahead and remove the CD-ROM and select ‘Continue’ to reboot

Now that you have installed Ubuntu Server on your server, you are well on your way to completing your new virtual host. Stay tuned here at Home System Integration for the next tutorial where we will install and configure VMWare Server 2.0 on our new Ubuntu Server to create a Ubuntu VMware Server.

If you’ve got any issues or questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below and we’ll get right back to you.  If you enjoyed the article, please consider sharing it!


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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