VMWare Server 1.0.4 on Gentoo 2007.0 (amd_64)

If you’ve had issues getting VMWare Server 1.0.4 to work on Gentoo 2007.0 (amd_64)

Setup your system as you normally would. I set this host up following these steps. Then I did the following.

  • Make sure you don’t have kernel virtualization enabled.
  • Recomplie kernel after first lot of “emerge -avuDN world” and reboot. I think gcc/glibc or something gets updated, no further emerge’s will work until you recompile your kernel.
  • Keep at your “emerge -avuDN world” until its complete. Run etc-update & sort all that out.
  • emerge -av app-portage/layman dev-util/git dev-util/subversion
  • layman –fetch
  • layman -a vmware
  • echo “source /usr/portage/local/layman/make.conf” >> /etc/make.conf
  • etc-update again to clean up
  • This probably isn’t necessary, but doesn’t take very long, recompile your kernel and reboot, clean up any last weirdness in your boot sequence.
  • emerge -av vmware-server
  • vmware-config.pl

Then after all that your VMWare Server guests should boot. Mine did :) I also use the server console from my main desktop a Windows machine. If I knew the command line tools I’d use them, save me walking up and down the building, but anyways, see how you go with that. Remember to configure Xinetd and assign a user to the vmware group.