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Ubuntu VMware Server – Part II: Enabling the GUI on Ubuntu 10.10 Server


Home System Integration’s Guide to Installing VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 10.10 Server – Part Deux


ubuntu install vmwareThe first tutorial of this series went over how to install and prepare Ubuntu Server 10.10 to be a VMWare Server host.

In this next segment, we will go over how to install the GUI. If we didn’t, we would be stuck with command-line only console (though most Linux gurus would say that a Linux server does not need a GUI, or shouldn’t have it at all). Because our purpose is to eliminate as many computers on our desk as possible, we need the GUI to control any virtual computers that will run from our VMWare server. We will try to make the installation as small as possible so we can minimize the resources that will be used.

Let’s get cracking!

1. Power on your Ubuntu server

2. In GRUB, choose ;’Ubuntu..’, not the ‘recovery mode’

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3. Login to the server using the credentials you specified during the installation

4. First things first, let’s update the system. Type in the following command, which will read update package information:

sudo apt-get update

5. Type in the following command to download and install any packages that need to be installed:

sudo apt-get upgrade

6. Ubuntu will ask you to confirm that some disk space will be used. Go ahead and press ‘Y’ then ENTER to continue

7. It may take a while for the system to finish updating. Once complete, we can start installing the GUI. Type in the following command to install Ubuntu (Gnome) Desktop without the extras:

sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

8. You will be asked to confirm that the installation will consume some disk space. Press ‘Y’ then ENTER to continue

9. Grab a soda or read a book, this may take a while

10. Let’s go ahead and reboot.. Type in the following command:

sudo shutdown –r 0

11. Once the system completes rebooting, you should now see the GUI

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Pretty quick and simple right? During the next Ubuntu VMware Server Tutorial, we’ll go over how to install VMWare Server 2.0 onto your Ubuntu Server.

Stay tuned.

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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 or the website, please help us here at Home System Integration spread the word about the Connected Home and consider sharing it!

See you soon when we install VMware on Ubuntu!

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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

  1. Nate

    useful, any chance of a guide sans gui? using X for example. Finding this information hard to come buy. Also want the next part :(

  2. Goose Nipples
    Goose Nipples06-02-2011

    The -no-install-recommends threw an error for me.

    Try the following for a minimalist install. I copied this from the ubuntu forums:

    sudo apt-get -y install gnome-core gdm network-manager-gnome fast-user-switch-applet
    human-theme x11-xserver-utils tangerine-icon-theme gnome-themes-ubuntu ubuntu-artwork
    jockey-gtk gnome-screensaver gnome-utils

    sudo apt-get install -y tsclient

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