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How to Prepare and Install VMware Server on 64-bit CentOS 5.x

STEP 1.
# cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 5 (Final)

STEP 2.
# uname -a
Linux server.example.com 2.6.18-53.1.21.el5 #1 SMP Tue May 20 09:35:07 EDT 2008 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

STEP 3.
make sure you have the following development packages: glibc gcc gcc-c++
Install them by running the following:
# yum install glibc gcc gcc-c++

STEP 4.
Make sure you have kernel, kernel-devel and kernel-headers. All need to be the same version! Pretty much you need to have kernel-devel and kernel-headers packages installed for your kernel listed in step 2.
# rpm -qa | grep kernel
kernel-devel-2.6.18-53.1.21.el5
kernel-2.6.18-53.1.21.el5
kernel-headers-2.6.18-53.1.21.el5

If you don’t have all of above install them by running the following: (note that this will install a most recent packages including the kernel. If you can’t update the kernel for some reason, install the header and devel packages seperately and can be downloade from centos.org)
# yum install kernel kernel-devel kernel-headers

If you install a new kernel, you will need to reboot!

STEP 5.
Install other required packages: libXtst-devel, libXrender-devel and xinetd
# yum install libXtst-devel libXrender-devel xinetd

Set xinetd to start at boot
# chkconfig xinetd on

Start xinetd service
# service xinetd start

STEP 6.
Download and install VMware Server
# mkdir installs
# wget http://vmware-server-location-site/VMware-server-1.0.5-80187.i386.rpm (or your version)
# rpm -ivh VMware-server-1.0.5-80187.i386.rpm

Run the configuration tool and setup based on your preference
# vmware-config.pl

STEP 7.
You should now be able to connect to the vm server using VMware Server Console from anywhere and on the port you specified during configuration.