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where the files are and how to initiate it

1   installation files:

  • /usr/local/src/zip/VMWARE/vmware-distrib-5.0.0

1.1   2008-04-04 uninstall vmware

run /usr/local/bin/vmware-uninstall.pl

2   files:

  • most files in /usr/local/vmwire/
  • some conf files in /etc/vmware/
  • some kernel modules in /lib/modules/2.6.8-2-686-smp/misc/
  • devices:
  • Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 done
  • Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background) done
  • Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background) done
  • NAT service on /dev/vmnet8 done

3   steps to run vmware:

start the server -- /usr/local/vmwire/etc/vmware start (might need to move it to /etc/init.d/

start the workstation -- /usr/local/vmwire/bin/vmware

new virtual machine -- click the button and follow the instructions

network option -- nat(guest os uses dhcp and host needs to touch iptables(masquerade)

Note:

  • first run needs to enter SN (there's a button in menu 'help')
  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Ins to send Ctrl+Alt+Del to the guest OS
  • Press Ctrl+Alt to switch cursor and keyboard between guest and host OS

4   2006-08-06 kernel incompatibility

This version (above) of vmware doesn't work with kernel 2.6.15-26-386. The file include/linux/file.h was changed.

6   2008-4-5 new installation

ubuntu no longer maintains vmware player package. go to http://www.vmware.com/download/player/download.html to download the tar.gz and install. converting the rpm to deb doesn't work.

unpack the tar.gz and run the vmware-install.pl script. Most stuff is installed relative to /usr/local/. some went to /etc/rc0-6.d and /etc/init.d.

6.1   2008-04-09 on laptop.

File /etc/vmware/not_configured has to be manually removed every time. For some reason, it appeared repeatedly on the disk.

step "Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0" in /etc/init.d/vmware start failed although vmplayer still runs.

6.2   2009-8-1 new kernel on desktop

After new kernel is installed, need to recompile vmware kernel modules:

/usr/local/vmwire/bin/vmware-config.pl

Only linux kernel header files (like in /lib/modules/2.6.24-19-generic/build/) are needed (no full source code).

Now Blocking file system: failed shows up upon starting VMware services. So /etc/vmware/not_configured has to be manually removed before starting vmplayer.

Comments (1)

crocea Dec 03, 2005 05:10 PM
Files in /usr/local/vmwire/etc/ are moved in /etc/rc0.d to /etc/rc6.d and /etc/init.d.

Change kernel version in /usr/local/src/kernel-source-2.6.8/include/linux/version.h.

Change #define UTS_RELEASE "2.6.8" to #define UTS_RELEASE "2.6.8-2-386"