Windows: Install vFabric Web Server from a ZIP File

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



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

  2. Start PowerShell from the Start Menu as an Administrator by opening Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows PowerShell, then right-clicking on Windows PowerShell and selecting Run as Administrator. A PowerShell window starts.

  3. Create the directory into which you will install vFabric Web Server. Do not create a directory name that contains spaces. For example:

    PS prompt> mkdir c:\opt\vmware
  4. Download the appropriate vFabric Web Server self-extracting ZIP from the VMware Download Web site and place it in the directory you created.

    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

  5. 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.

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

    PS prompt> cd c:\opt\vmware\vfabric-web-server
  7. Run the fixrootpath.ps1 PowerShell script to correct the root paths:

    PS prompt> .\fixrootpath.ps1
  8. 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.

    PowerShell does not include mklink intrinsically, so you must use the command cmd /c mklink. For example, to use the 64-bit edition of vFabric Web Server, run the following command:

    PS prompt> cmd /c mklink /d httpd-2.2 httpd-

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