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VMware Server 2 - startup in SuSE 11.0

Posted on 2009-04-23
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06

as far as i don't find a lot of content about this by google, did anyone else have the phenomenon, that vmware doesn't always start correctly after reboot of the SuSE 11.0 machine?
I use the runlevel entries, which were provided by the perl installer script itself. Sometimes i also have to go through the vmware-config.pl script first, to be able to start the vmware service.
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This happens not only with SuSE, but rather most distros where VMware server isn't included in the repositories. VMware uses some kernel modules that have to be compiled and loaded for your current kernel. If the distribution updates your kernel, you have to run the vmware-config.pl script again which compiles the modules for the new kernel. It would be a lot better if VMware was included in the repositories, that would make sure that an update updates everything necessary, including the VMware modules.

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Thanks, now i understand, why it only has to be reconfigured sometimes but not always.
But let's say, i don't use any SuSE Update, and the config script doesn't have to be started again after reboot, the runlevel entries should work as well, don't they? I saw a newer version of vmware server 2.0.1 from the end of march, which i will try out, too.
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I don't know about the other issue, as I haven't had such problems. I'm using the 2.0.1 version, it fixed some issues I had with the previous version, like keyboard mappings for m$ OS clients.

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