To install the VMware server on CentOS 5 you have to install the CentOS 5 first. I’ve installed it with the option “server” (no GUI) on top of a logical volume. Once this is done I’ve modified the yum repository to fit my needs (installation on DELL server hardware).
Keep in mind, you have to perform most of the steps as root. To become root you have to use “sudo su -“ or sudo in front of each command.
After an upgrade of the entire system (yum update) I installed the DELL server tools first. This done by the command:
Next, the development components need to be installed:
Now the server is ready for the VMware server installation. First, you need to download the RPM from the web site of VMware. You need also to request a license for the installation (follow the instructions on the web site). When the download is done you can install the server:
Now it’s time to configure the VMware server:
Press [return] at any question except:
To add the server to the firewall rules you need to add the following lines to /etc/sysconfig/iptables:
Now, the VMware server is configured and ready to be used. To get a clean system state and to see if everything come up after booting, do a reboot now.
If you install CentOS inside a VM you might see time problems. This could be solved by using ntpd:
I will update this post from time to time if a new task needs to be done.