How to install VMware Server 2.0.x on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

November 25th, 2009

Original article: http://radu.cotescu.com/2009/10/30/how-to-install-vmware-server-2-0-x-on-ubuntu-9-10-karmic-koala/

How to install VMware Server 2.0.x on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

After I have upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala I have noticed that VMware Server 2.0.1 or 2.0.2 fail to install using the default installer. I then thought that I should use again the install script I wrote for installing the server in 9.04. Wrong! Since the kernel had changed a bit, the modules from VMware Server failed to compile correctly. Browsing the VMware Communities forums, I have discovered a post that discusses using a new patch. The only patch that seems to work for the 2.6.31-14 kernel that is shipped with Ubuntu 9.10 is the one for 2.6.30-4.

The process, even if it was handled by a script, assumed the user should stop the install process in the middle, patch some files here and there and then recompile his modules keeping his fingers crossed. Because  I really do not like that kind of approach, I decided to build my own script based on that one that will automatically patch the files and lead you to the install without the need for you to stop until you are done.

How to

  1. Download VMware Server (2.0.1 or 2.0.2) – gz format, not rpm. For the 2.0.2 version you might need to wait a couple of hours until you will receive the license key. Whichever version you choose, keep the license key near.
  2. Download my script from here (right click, save as).
  3. Run the script with super user rights either in the same folder where you have downloaded the server archive, either by providing it the path to that folder. The script will download the needed patch from my server. Make sure the folder where you have downloaded the server’s archive doesn’t contain spaces in its path name or the script will exit (giving you this reason as an error message). You will reach to a point where a lot of warnings appear on your terminal. Do not worry unless the script exits. If it exists, it will give you a decent warning from which you should be able to tell what’s wrong. Also, the VSOCK module will not work (will fail to compile), giving you a hint that your kernel sources might not be the ones for your running kernel. This is not true, as the script takes care of this before doing the hard work. Anyway, VMware Server will work without it. Example:
    chmod +x vmware-server-2.0.x-kernel-2.6.31-14-install.sh
    sudo ./vmware-server-2.0.x-kernel-2.6.31-14-install.sh [PATH _TO_VMWARE_ARCHIVE]
  4. When you are asked about adding users to the server, if you do not provide your own account, the user used for loging in the web console of the server will be root (maybe you should add yourself there).
  5. Provide the license key when asked about it.
  6. For the ones installing Windows guests in VMware Server, you must pick one of the following two solutions to avoid having problems with the mouse in the console:
    • you run this script in the terminal every time you want to launch a VMware Server console, but after you have installed the VMware plug-in for Firefox
    • you export this variable in the environment right after login such that it will be set before starting Firefox:
      VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_GTK=yes

    Credit for this one goes to Holger.

  7. Drop me a Kudos line in here and one for Holger here. If the solution worked well for you please share this info wherever you can. :D

Until a new patch will appear or until VMware will start writing more better and actual code, this is the only way of installing VMware Server 2.0.x on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. Best of luck to you all!

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Shenandoah Park, Virginia

November 4th, 2009

2009-DSC_0288, originally uploaded by Konstantine Yudayev.

Shenandoah Park. More on flickr

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Hackintosh fix for “_cfgethostuuidstring unable to determine uuid for host. error 35″

September 24th, 2009

Add following text inside <array></array> in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration

<dict>
 <key>BSD Name</key>
 <string>en3</string>
 <key>IOBuiltin</key>
 <false/>
 <key>IOInterfaceType</key>
 <integer>6</integer>
 <key>IOInterfaceUnit</key>
 <integer>3</integer>
 <key>IOLocation</key>
 <string></string>
 <key>IOMACAddress</key>
 <data>
 ABbPoF5V
 </data>
 <key>IOPathMatch</key>
 <string>IOService:/AppleACPIPlatformExpert/PCI0@0/AppleACPIPCI/P0P3@1C,2/
 IOPCI2PCIBridge/pci14e4,4311@0/AirPort_Brcm43xx/IO80211Interface</string>
 <key>SCNetworkInterfaceType</key>
 <string>IEEE80211</string>
</dict>

Original post: http://forum.netkas.org/index.php/topic,83.0.html

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How to integrate google contacts and calendar with your iPhone

August 24th, 2009

Original document location: http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?answer=138740&topic=14252

Requirements and Upload

1. Make sure your device has version 3.0 firmware or above. You can check your current version by going to Settings > General > About > Version. To upgrade, follow the instructions at http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/.

2. Perform a sync with iTunes to ensure that Contacts and Calendars from your iPhone are backed up to your computer.

Note: Mail sync is not yet supported. You may receive error messages if you attempt to turn on Sync for Mail.

Getting Started

1. Open the Settings application on your device’s home screen.
2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
3. Tap Add Account….
4. Select Microsoft Exchange.

Enter Account Info

5. In the Email field, enter your full Google Account email address. If you use an @googlemail.com address, you may see an “Unable to verify certificate” warning when you proceed to the next step.
6. Leave the Domain field blank.
7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.
8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
9. Tap Next at the top of your screen.
9a. Choose Accept if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
10. A new Server field will appear. Enter m.google.com.
11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

12. Select the Google services you want to sync. Currently only Contacts and Calendar are supported.

13. Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your phone, select the Keep on my iPhone option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes.

You’ve set up Google Sync for your iPhone. Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your phone. You can also open the Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

Next learn how to choose which calendars to sync, if you’d like to enable multiple calenders.

Tip: If your business, school, or organization uses Google Apps, your administrator will first need to enable Google Sync before you can take advantage of this feature.

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Google Voice. woot!

July 28th, 2009

Got invite to closed beta of google voice a week ago. Configured it yesterday. It is kinda fun and really makes the whole telephone thingy easier especially if you have more then one line (cell, home, work, etc).

Things that I find usefull:

  • When someone calls my google voice phone # all registered phones ring at the same time so where ever I am available I will pick up the phone
  • Call (not VoIP like skype or whatever) can be placed right from web browser. GV will call the party and yourself
  • Quality of international calls is very good. Just like Skype
  • Nice web interface for iphone where I can browse my contact list and call via GV
  • Blocking and screening of annoying telemarketers (even though looks like FCC beat down those f@#$ers to death. They dont call lately)

Things that need improvement:

  • International calling rates a little higher then average Calling Card rates
  • When I place an international call over the phone (not using web) it asks me to dial the whole number. Cmon, guys. You have my address book, there are things such as dial shortcuts and fast dial. Make any of these available please

Overall I like GV. And the fact that Apple being a pussy and denied GV iPhone application proves the point that Android is having a better chances at dominating cellphone gadget market sooner or later.

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Best swine flu map to date

May 20th, 2009

Web Browsers compatibility test

May 17th, 2009

Brand new Internet Explorer 8 scored…. 20 out of 100 points. BLEH
Google Chrome 2 (beta) scored 98 out of 100. Fastest browser too
Flock2 scored 71 out of 100. But hey, it is the best browser with Web 2.0 integration
Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 scored 93 out of 100. Not bad at all. Could be faster tho.
Apple Safari 3.1.2 scored 75 out of 100. Decent quality and almost as fast as Chrome 2

Blogged with the Flock Browser

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Fox news is the best

May 6th, 2009