Introduction to Virtualization
no problems installing and extensively using VMware Server on Windows Vista 64-bit
as a host operating system.
Downloading and Installing VMware Server
To download VMware Server, go to http://www.vmware.com/products/server/. You
will need to register on VMware's site during the download process, and you will then
be given a serial number to install both VMware for Windows and VMware for Linux.
You can download whichever version matches your host operating system.
The example in this chapter uses VMware Server 2.0.1 installed onto Windows Vista 64-bit.
Windows Vista is not an officially supported host operating system; however, for experimental/
learning purposes it should work fine. For production purposes, you should use a supported host
The installation of VMware Server 2 is actually very straightforward. You're prompted
for where you wish to install it, and also for the machine name and the IP ports to use
for remote access to the VMware management console. For all of these settings, you can
accept the default choices provided.
Once the installation of VMware Server completes, you will need to restart the system.
Accessing the VMware Server Management Console
VMware Server's management console is accessed through Internet Explorer. Once
VMware Server is installed, a copy of the Tomcat web server is also installed onto
the local machine, and it is Tomcat that serves up the VMware web pages to Internet
If you install VMware Server 2 onto Windows Vista as the host operating system, you
need to create an administrator-class account named Admin on the machine in order to log in to
the VMware Server management console. You do this through the standard Windows Vista Control
Panel tools for managing local machine user accounts.
You can find the URL for the management console in the system's Start menu,
under /Programs/VMware/VMware Server/VMware Server Home Page. You can
also enter the URL into Internet Explorer, and then bookmark it into Internet Explorer
as an alternate way of accessing it. Enter the following URL:
https://<local machine name>:8333/ui/
The login page for VMware Server will appear, as shown in Figure 23-1.