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VMware server2: installing in linux (centos 5.5), getting this error: can not install on a system running a Xen kernel, what does this mean?

Hello Experts,

Sorry about the stupid question, trying to install VMware server 2; but getting this error:
"you can not install VMware Server on a system running a Xen kernel"

what does this mean? I can not install period? can I change the kernel?

thanks
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epifanio67
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bgoeringCommented:
Yes, just select a standard or smp non-xen kernel. Do you have options when you see the grub loadeer?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It sounds as though you have the XEN hypervisor loaded into your kernel.  You can not use two virtualisation products at the same time.  You will need to reinstall your host OS, without the XEN oprion.
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epifanio67Author Commented:
thank you experts,

can I just uninstall XEN Hypervisor, then install VMware?

instead of having to reinstall centos...

thx
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, that's correct.

But you may want to consider installing VMware ESXi instead? (on the bare metal!) for free, as VMware Server 2.0 is now defunct.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
ake sure that the hardware on which the ESXi installation is going to be performed is in the VMware HCL before installing ESXi.

HCL link - http://goo.gl/YwWF9

ESXi v4.1 (Free Edition) would be my recommendation. Its a 64-Bit hypervisor and does not require the presence of an operating system.

ESXi v4.1 download link - http://goo.gl/3ccjb

Make sure that Intel VT or AMD-V is enabled on the BIOS before initiating the installation.
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bgoeringCommented:
You should be able to use yum to download and install a kernel without xen if you don't already have one installed. You may also need the kernel-devel package and the build tools to install vmware server if there are not already pre-built modules for your system.
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epifanio67Author Commented:
thank you experts..
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