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thewhitelion 11-01-2009 02:33 PM

Running VMware Workstation 7.0 as a service on Ubuntu..
 
Hi everybody,


I would lie to run VMware Workstation 7 as a service on Ubuntu 9.10, it does not matter if the GDM starts, but what I want is to run the program without logging in.


So, it runs as Ubuntu starts up, as a service in the background. I have tried some methods, yet I did not manage to run it as a service.


I still need to login for the program to start and start all the virtual machines.


If anybody can direct me, it would be very appreciated...


Regards,

acid_kewpie 11-01-2009 03:20 PM

Why run workstation when Vmware Server is more aimed at this and will do exactly what you want by default? That said, does Workstation not have standard services listed in /etc/init.d that are already running on boot for the hypervisor?

And Linux is not mainly for networking by a long stretch, that's what switches, routers and firewalls are for. Maybe you want to say it's for Serving?

thewhitelion 11-02-2009 02:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by acid_kewpie (Post 3740369)
Why run workstation when Vmware Server is more aimed at this and will do exactly what you want by default? That said, does Workstation not have standard services listed in /etc/init.d that are already running on boot for the hypervisor?

And Linux is not mainly for networking by a long stretch, that's what switches, routers and firewalls are for. Maybe you want to say it's for Serving?


Yes, I would like to make a small datacenter, and there are limitations in the esxi series since they only run on specific hardware.

I would like to run vmware on a PC with Linux, and VMware server is limited in networking, there is no flexibility, like making a lan segments and so on, VMware workstation makes it very easy to create a team with lan segments in the future, and easier/more flexible to make changes in the network topology in the future.

VMware workstation require a working x server to run, as well as it requires that you are logged in to start. There is no service in the /etc/init.d to start the VMs, yes there is a service to load the kernel modules for networking.


Thanks in advance for your help :)

acid_kewpie 11-02-2009 04:35 AM

yeah, you need a real client / server architecture. If you're running centos / redhat you might prefer to look at the standard Xen server for virtualisation, you can pull around the networking under that using standard linux level bonds and bridges.

thewhitelion 11-03-2009 01:24 AM

What about vmware workstation, is there anybody who knows how to hack it to work as a service in the background.

There is a method to do so in Win server 2003, so I presume that it would be easier in Linux.
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/11210

as well as many tweaks posted on the net.

Thanks


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