Tuesday, 25 May 2010

VMware Server 2.0.2 on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx ... The adventure continues ...

Having managed to successfully install VMware Server 2.0.2 onto my shiny new Thinkpad W500, I was able to create a new VMware image ( Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 ), but then hit the next roadblock / millstone.

VMware Server has a rather neat, browser-plugin-based- remote console that allows the guest VM's console to appear within the browser.

The bad news is that this appears not to work with Firefox 3.6.3. Guess which version I have on my shiny new Ubuntu 10.04 installation ? That's right, you've guess it.

Thankfully, this ( amongst many other forum posts ): -

details how to work around by manually executing the Remote Console plugin outside of the browser.

In my case, all I needed to do was: -

(a) Extract the 64-bit Linux plugin to my user's home directory

cd ~
unzip /usr/lib/vmware/webAccess/tomcat/apache-tomcat-6.0.16/webapps/ui/plugin/vmware-vmrc-linux-x64.xpi

(b) Execute the Remote Console: -

~/plugins/vmware-vmrc -h

(c) Authenticate as my VMware user

(d) Choose the running VM whose console I need to access

Easy as pie :-)

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