Fedora 9 and VMWare Server

Sjoerd Mullender sjoerd at acm.org
Mon Jul 21 16:02:01 UTC 2008

Christopher A. Williams wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-07-21 at 16:50 +0200, Sjoerd Mullender wrote:
>> Christopher A. Williams wrote:
>>> Again, if there is anyone who has figured out the appropriate "magic
>>> incantation" for getting VMware Server 2.0 RC1 up and running on F9,
>>> lots of us here would like to know about it. Do share - I'm certain
>>> people will reply with their thanks.
>> I have VMware Server 2.0 RC1 running on my Fedora 9 system (x86_64) with
>> a single Windows XP client.  So what's the problem?  I can check my
>> configuration to try to help out.
>> I had VMware Server 1.0.whatever, but needed USB 2.0 support, so I
>> upgraded to 2.0 beta, and later to RC1.
>> (I will be away for the second half of this week, so if I seem
>> unresponsive, that might be the reason.)
> Excellent!
> I'm not sure what the problem is. Everything seems to install and
> compile/configure (vmware-config.pl) without issues. But then I can't
> login to the Web interface at all. Closer inspection shows that several
> services come up as dead. After rebooting, the startup messages show
> that the system is not properly configured and about half of the
> services show that they failed to start (others do start though).
> Re-running vmware-config.pl shows everything re-configuring just fine
> and services starting, but in reality they still show up as being dead.
> I'm running the 32-bit version of F9 with this system. It's an older
> due-processor Intel Xeon server that doesn't have 64-bit support.
> I'm traveling this week too, so I won't be able to do anything with this
> system for a few days as well... :)
> If I could just get an idea of what needs to be there and what doesn't,
> I'm sure that would help a lot...

One thing that I have to do every time is to do
# service vmware restart
(as root) after booting (and after I login).  If I don't do that, I get
no UI.  The service is started when the system boots, but I really need
to restart it for it to work.

Sjoerd Mullender

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