Using vmware-server-kernel-modules in Ubuntu

In the lastest version of Ubuntu (version 7.04 - Feisty Fawn) kernel modules for VMware Server is available in the package vmware-server-kernel-modules from Ubuntus package repository. The VMware Server itself is at the moment not. You still need to install VMware Server from the tar.gz download from

I found documentation on how to make the VMware server kernel modules package work together with the VMware Server installed from tar.gz in the Ubuntu Documentation. I also found the reference to this documentation on the Ubuntu Forums.

The cool thing about this is that you don’t need to run every time you update your kernel.

If you upgraded to 7.04 from a previous version of Ubuntu you might run into a problem where you can’t get the vmware console to start. The output on the console will look something like this:

/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/ no version information available (required by /usr/lib/

I solved it by removing the following packages:

 sudo apt-get --purge remove libdbus-1-2 libnautilus-burn3

Don’t worry new packages have taken their spots as far as I know:


I found a thread on the VMware forums but my solution seemed easier :)

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