First download the VMware Server installer. They provide RPMs and tarballs, however the RPM did not work for me on Fedora 9. So it was a tarball install on both machines.
There are just two scripts to run:
after which the VMware Server was running and ready to go (and set to auto-start after reboots). The config script found it necessary to build kernel modules on both machines, so take note that it must be re-run after every kernel change.
The VMware Server controls should now be available at:
where the login id is "root" and the password is the same as the host OS. In the case of the Fedora machine, login timed out because of SELinux interference. Removing SELinux made this problem go away.
Now unzip any Virtual Machine you care to run into
on the host. In the VMware Server control center, add the machine, and power it on. Provided you accepted the default Bridge network during VMware Server installation, the Virtual Machine should use DHCP and get its own IP address. The machine I installed was Project Open, which provides a web interface. To find the machine's IP address, I used the VMware Server control center console to open a terminal in the machine and issue an ifconfig. After that, pointing a browser at the IP brought up the Project Open greeting page.