Archive forMay, 2011

Installing VMware Server 2.0.2 on Debian Squeeze

Tested both the 32 bit version as well as the 64 bit version of the VMware server 2.0.2. It seems none of them works out of the box in Debian. One need to apply patches but there are instances wherein even after applying the patches, the server fails to start up. Even the VMware Server forums were clueless about it. There are a lot of if’s and but’s to the solution.

Before starting the installation, you need to install the following packages:
apt-get install build-essential psmisc linux-headers-`uname -r`

Installing the 32 bit version.

1. Download the 32 bit VMware server .tgz file from
2. Extract the .tgz file.
3. Download the patch vmware-sever-2-0-2-32bit.tgz. Change the DIR in accordingly to your location of the VMware Server .tgz file.
4. ./ //vmware-server-distrib/lib/modules/source
5. cd //vmware-server-distrib
6. ./

Installing the 64 bit version.

1. Download the 64 bit VMware server .tgz file from
2. Extract the .tgz file.
3. Download the patch vmware-sever-2-0-2-64bit.tgz. Change the DIR in and the path in accordingly.
4. Patch is applied and the script will start the installation.

There might still be issues with SSL error being shown up. You can try doing the following,

1. mv /usr/lib/vmware/lib/ /usr/lib/vmware/lib/
2. /etc/init.d/vmware restart

Firefox version 3.6 will not show up the management interface. It will show up a blank screen. You need to have version lower then this.


1. VMware Server on 32 bit Debian Squeeze
2. VMware Server on 64 bit Debian Squeeze

Note: Refer to the links mentioned above for more information.

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Open Source Control Panels

In case you are planning to host a server with all the open source software, the below mentioned links might be handy. Normally when you buy a server space/web space you are handed over a interface through which you maintain the various activities of the server, like creating databases, installing applications etc. The panel provided normally is cPanel. cPanel is not free but a proprietary product of cPanel Inc.

So, is there any open source software equivalent of cPanel. Yes, there is.

I myself have tried OpenPanel, which provides me a similar set of features as cPanel. You could very well try the others and install the one which meets your requirements.

Shell based access for your servers hosted outside –

Happy reselling 🙂


Meenakshi Temple and Bannerghatta National Park


1. Shrikant Gaikwad
2. P.C. Gautam
3. Wife (Chumki) and Myself

Date: 22nd May, 2011

Mode of Transport: Bajaj Platina 125 cc, Bajaj Caliber

The national park comprises of around 104.27 in area and is mostly covered by dense forest and scrub land making it an idle home ground for wild animals such as tiger, lion, bison, leopard, wild boar, deers, elephants etc. The mammals are left freely in the forest and the visitors are taken around the forest in a well caged mini-bus to view these animals. Different partitions with huge gates and moats separate the forest into the herbivores section and the carnivores section.

The visitors are allowed to view the forest area only in the ‘safari’ (joy ride) buses and are not allowed to get off the bus whatsoever. I felt like going inside a big cage :-), but worth visiting. The park is open from morning 9 am to 4:30 pm.

It also comprises of a Zoo and a Butterfly Park.

Entry Fees:

There are a lot of variations in the fee structure depending upon the trip you want to undertake incluing the following.

a. Grand Safari – Rs 165, Zoo ticket is a must for this.
b. Zoo – Rs 45
c. Still Camera – Rs 25
d. Leisurely elephant ride – Rs 60
e. Nature trail – Rs 70

Route Information:

The national park is about 28 kms from Mekri Cirle and is very much accessible via public transport. BMTC buses including both Volvo ply to the national park. En-route to the national park you could come across the Meenakshi Temple on the right and Meenakshi Mall on your left.

Meenakshi Temple

Deers feeding inside the park

Tiger at the Bannerghatta National Park

Snakes in the zoo