One of the most important application I currently use for development, is Flash Professional 8.Therefore I need a virtualization tool, and I have used for some time VMWare-Server. The tool is really good, performance is good, easy to use, networking is easy,…There is just one major drawback, every time you install/upgrade to a new Kernel, you need to reconfigure the kernel modules for vmware-server. This could be automated…
However still is the best tool around(for me). VirtualBox seems to have made great progress in the last months, yo someday I will give it a try. I remember that I had some problems to setup VMWare-Server under Feisty, but this time the VMWare-Server VERSION 1.0.4 installed without additional patches.
To install VMWare-Server in Gutsy (ubuntu 7.10) be sure to get the version 1.0.4, because for version 1.0.3 you will have to install additional patches. Download the Archive and extract where you want.
Before you start the installation, we need to install additional packages:
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` xinetd
Then go to the extracted directory and run sudo ./vmware-install.pl and follow the instructions. For me I just followed the default values.
When you start a virtual machine, check if the clock is running too fast or too slow. My clock was running too fast. That's because VmWare-Server is not set to the correct speed of your CPU. I did so manually by adding to the /etc/vmware/config the following lines
host.cpukHz = 1830000
hostinfo.noTSC = TRUE
tools.syncTime = TRUE
Don'f forget to keep the VMWare-Tools up to date.