Windows: Install vFabric Web Server from a ZIP File

You can install vFabric Web Server on Windows VMs using a self-extracting ZIP file (*.zip.exe) that you download from the VMware Web site.



  1. From the Windows VM on which you want to install vFabric Web Server, log in as the Administrator user.

  2. Start a command window, then create the directory into which you will install vFabric Web Server. Do not create a directory name that contains spaces. For example:

    prompt> mkdir c:\opt\vmware

    Note: Depending on the Windows version, you may not have the required permissions when you start the command window, even if you logged in as the Administrator user. If, when executing the steps in this procedure, you find that some commands fail because of a lack of permissions, start a new command window from the original one using the runas command and run the commands from there instead:

    prompt> runas /user:administrator "cmd.exe /k"
  3. Download the appropriate vFabric Web Server self-extracting ZIP from the VMware Support and Downloads Web site and place it in the directory you created; for example, c:\opt\vmware.

    Be sure to choose the correct architecture (32- or 64-bit). For example, the file to install vFabric Web Server on a 64-bit Windows platform is

  4. Execute the downloaded *.zip.exe file to self-extract the files into the directory you created. You can do this, for example, by opening Window Explorer, navigating to the directory, and double-clicking on the *.zip.exe file.

    When the extraction completes, the vFabric Web Server files are located in the vfabric-web-server subdirectory.

  5. From your command window, change to the main vFabric Web Server directory:

    prompt> cd c:\opt\vmware\vfabric-web-server
  6. Run the fixrootpath.vbs VBScript to correct the root paths; use the cscript command to invoke the script. For example:

    prompt> cscript fixrootpath.vbs
  7. Create a symbolic link from the existing httpd-2.2.version directory to one called httpd-2.2, where version refers to the minor version and architecture of vFabric Web Server.

    For example, to use the 64-bit edition of vFabric Web Server on a Windows 2008 computer, run the following command:

    prompt> mklink /d httpd-2.2 httpd-

    On Windows 2003, use the makelink command, which is included in the main vFabric Web Server directory (such as c:\opt\vmware\vfabric-web-server). For example:

    prompt> makelink httpd-2.2 httpd-

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