Vmware server now available in Canonical repository

As noted by the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Canonical has just added Vmware server to their commercial repository! This means that it is now even easier get started with virtual environments.

Vmware server is a free application, so you need to use Vmware Workstation or ESX server to create your virtual machines. Once you have them added though, you can just connect to the server running Vmware server from any computer using the server console. You can also download pre-made vmware images for different uses on the Virtual Appliance Marketplace.

And yes, you need to register with Vmware before you use this.

For this to work, you need the Canonical repository enabled. Its deb-lines looks like this:

deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu feisty-commercial main

Just do a search for vmware to install it, but the package is called “vmware-server”.

4 thoughts on “Vmware server now available in Canonical repository”

  1. [quote comment="30931"]Why not using Virtualbox (http://www.virtualbox.org/)? They also have a version for Feisty … and it’s Open Source! ;-)[/quote]
    Thanks for the suggestion! I have not used Virtualbox myself, but it seems that it is only comparable to vmware workstation, ie. not for hosting many virtual machines running at once on a server.

    With vmware workstation you connect with the server console to any remote or local host running vmware server and from there it is possible to manage the virtual machines.

    I guess a bundle with Xorg/Windows, VNC and Virtualbox could provide similar functionality, although not as gracefully. I will definitely look into that though. Thanks again.

  2. You can create VMs with the free VMWare Server edition. Just click the button “Create new virtual machine.”
    :)

    Oh, and the Canonical version is 0.1 step behind. I installed in on a Feisty in a VM and I got the notice that 1.03 is already available. Other than that, great!
    I’m planning to install it on my main machine, too, to replace the non-deb installation.

  3. [quote comment="30948"]You can create VMs with the free VMWare Server edition. Just click the button “Create new virtual machine.” :)

    Oh, and the Canonical version is 0.1 step behind. I installed in on a Feisty in a VM and I got the notice that 1.03 is already available. Other than that, great!
    I’m planning to install it on my main machine, too, to replace the non-deb installation.[/quote]
    Oh, right. I just figured that similar restrictions like in vmware player applied here too. Thanks!

    The 0.01 difference are probably just some bugfixes, and not enough to validate the hassle of manually creating debs. :)

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