Install VMWare on Linux 64 bit full procedure

These are instructions for RHEL based x64 Linux (CentOS 5 x64 in my case).

Make sure you update to the latest available kernel;

yum update kernel

Make sure you have installed all requirements (is really needed if you have a minimal install);

yum update glibc

yum install gcc xinetd kernel-devel libXtst-devel libXrender-devel

rpm -qa kernel

Remove old kernel with

rpm -e kernel-2.6.18-53.el5


Download VMware (tarball);


Unpack & install;

tar zxf VMware-server-1.0.4-56528.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib/

Take all suggested settings and locations, should be fine. Get a serial from the VMware site, you need it during the config.