VMware server unreliable on Ubuntu

elorc
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Is there some sort of problem with VMware server on Ubuntu? It'll work fine for a while and suddenly, out of nowhere, I'll get a 503 Service Not Available error when I try to connect to the web interface. If I try to restart vmware from the console, I get multiple failures. If I reboot, VMware doesn't load at all when the machine comes back up and if I try to manually start it I get a configuration error:

localusr@vms1:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/vmware start
VMware Server is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured
for the running kernel. To (re-)configure it, invoke the
following command: /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl.

Nothing with the configuration had been changed since I installed the server. This has happened several times and results in me having to run through the configuration perl script again. Why's it doing this?
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Commented:
What version of Ubuntu are you running Server on? There are several it is supported on, but seeing that newer versions of Ubuntu haven't been fully tested, and thus *officially* supported, yet. If it's not supported, anomalies such as what you're experience tend to occur.
Supported versions:
Ubuntu Linux 8.04
Ubuntu Linux 7.10
Ubuntu Linux 7.04
Ubuntu Linux 6.10
Ubuntu Linux 6.06

~coolsport00

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Commented:
Oops, sorry... I forgot to include that. I'm running 10.04.
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Commented:
Since you're running a newer version that isn't listed, here are a couple posts that may help in doing some 'tweaks' to have it work properly for a newer version (retrieved from "rindi"):
http://radu.cotescu.com/2009/10/30/how-to-install-vmware-server-2-0-x-on-ubuntu-9-10-karmic-koala/
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1306032&page=3

But again, I never recommend to posters to install any product on a system that isn't officially supported.

Regards,
~coolsport00
That message comes out each time you uypdate the kernl, as VmWare needs to be re-configured on the new kernel. Maybe your kernel has been upgraded by a normal system update.
 

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I don't believe I have any sort of automatic updates enabled on this machine but I'll take a look into it. Thanks for your recommendations, both of you.

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