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How can I use Fedora 9 for VMware Workstation host OS? I downloaded v6.0.4 which installed fine but vmware-config.pl cannot find the C header files matching my running kernel [/usr/src/linux/include]. I have both the kernel and kernel headers installed although it configures fine under CentOS 5 with only the kernel installed.
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by:larstr
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You should be able to get it installed if you use the latest unofficial any-any-update found here: http://groups.google.com/group/vmkernelnewbies/files

Lars
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by:luckyleavell
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Thank you for a useful link. I have it bookmarked now.

As for my current problem, I installed kernel-devel (in addition to kernel-headers) and that resolved the VMware comilation problems that prompted posting this question.
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by:luckyleavell
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Perhaps I was a bit hasty in closing this.

It did compile clean and it runs UNTIL I turn on the virtualization extensions in the BIOS. Then the VMware console comes up but when powering on any guest OS (moved from VMware-workstation-6.0.2 running successfully under 64-bit CentOS 5.1it displays the error:

    VMware workstation unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)
    VCPU 0 Run VM failed: Operation not permitted ...

    Unable to change virtual machine power state:
    Cannot find a valid peer to connect to.

This is kernel 2.6.25.4-30.fc9.x86_64 and VMware-workstation-6.0.4--93057.x86_64.rpm
without vmware-any-any applied.

If I turn the virtualization extension off in the BIOS, it runs the 32-bit VMs fine but (of course) refuses to run 64-bit VMs.

Will this patch address this problem? Will it work with this kernel?
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by:larstr
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As I haven't tried running VMware on Fedora 9 myself I don't know if that patch will fix it.

What I do know is that for every new Fedora release there is always quite a lot of strange issues, both related to VMware and other things. But hey, that's what you pay for being on bleeding edge.

CentOS OTOH is completely different and has very few of these same issues.

Lars
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by:luckyleavell
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Is there any documentation on how to apply the patch? For example, where should the patch files be placed? (Obviously I am rather new to the wonderful world of VMware ... on any platform.)
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unpack with: tar xzvf filename
execute with: ./runme.pl
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OK, did it and now when attempting to power on any VM (32 or 64 bit), I get the following errors:

    Version mismatch with vmmon moduke: expecting 168.0 got 167.0. You have incorrect version of  
    the 'vmmon' module. Try reinstalling VMware Workstation.

I have attached a capture of the output of vmware-config.pl using script.

vmware-config.log
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Seen this thread? http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=185315

One guy got it working by using the any patch and another had to edit a file.

Lars
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by:luckyleavell
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No, I had not seen that thread but, when I proceeded to apply the patch, I found it was already in place, perhaps because the any.any patch contained it?

I am waiting for a rather large yum update to finish (64 packages!) before attempting vmeare-config.pl again.
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Additional Note: The "Development Tools" group and kernel-devel were already installed. I only had to install xinetd of the recommended packages.
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I just reran vmware-config.pl after checking that the above file change was made and all 64 yum updates applied. The problem persists.
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Things have gradually improved as Fedora patches have been issued and applied though Fedora 9 is still too unstable to be very useful to me.
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