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Has anyone successfully installed VMtools on a Redhat 5.2 32 bit VM running on Vmware workstation 10 or Esxi 5.1?

I keep getting a can't locate warnings.pm and I made sure to install all Dev libraries during the OS install.

Is the 5.8 version of perl to old? I need to run 5.2 since we have an old custom appliance still use this version
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Great article... I did everything but check the following prior to attempting to install VmTools "sudo apt-get install gcc
 sudo apt-get install make
 sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic "

I will try to tomorrow.. Also I am wondering if Redhat 5.2 is far to old to run Vmtools..
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The older versions of Red Hat were "painful" to get compiled!

But VMware Tools should run and be available.

It's always wise to ensure gcc, linux headers, make are there before you run the install scripts...

otherwise it gets in a real mess. and you end up with a half baked installation, and then have to hack it out....to get it to work again...

let me know, if you struggle, I'll get a RH 5.2 media, and have a look....if I've got any "spare time!"
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thanks now not being a Linux guru what is gcc? I already installed the Dev libraries but this didn't seem to help
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gcc - the compiler!
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When I type in sudo apt-get install gcc I get sudo: command not found

when I type in apt-get install sudo I get apt-get command not found..
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no need for sudo...

in RH,   does not use apt-get, it uses...YUM
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already tried that yum command not found.... Don't forget I am running version 5.2 and not a newer version...

Also I do not have network and/or internet access on this VM right now
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I have had the following question open for a while now in the Linux area for the same issue and have not be able to resolve this...

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Linux/Q_28572222.html

Any additional thoughts or ideas?
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Hey, sorry, got distracted, not forgotten, I'm going to spend time on this in the lab tomorrow.

do you have a distro link to it ?
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Here is the link I downloaded the software from... https://archive.org/details/redhat-5.2_release

When you build the VM you need to set your memory to 512MB or less. This kernal version appears to have a bug with memory larger than that which will cause the install to fail

Yes, I know this is very old but we have a custom appliance that runs this version  and I need to create a test VM in a lab for it.

If you cannot figure this out no one can!!!!!!!!
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I'm just downloading this now, got a spare few minutes to look a this.

Support for this was dropped from Workstation 10.0, but still okay with 5.1 U3.
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I figured this and found an older version of VM tools to install.

vmware-tools-linux-8.3.12-493255.iso

Even though my VMware Worstation 10 is not support I am getting the same errros on my ESXI 5.1 host build 799733
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Workstation or Server ?

This distro of Red Hat Linux was issued before VMware Workstation 1.0 was issued in May 1999!
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I believe installed server and have reinstalled it 4 times and even installed everything all with the same result


BTW.. I past my vcp5-dcv exam for ESXI 5.5 last and and waiting confirmation from Vmware that my current VCP5 has been upgraded to VCP5-DCV
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Would Open-VM-Tools work from Sourgeforge.net?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Red Hat Linux 7.0 is the oldest version supported on VMware Workstation!

5.2 did not exist to be hypervised!!!!

it's too old.

Now, do not get confused between Red Hat 5.2 (1998) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 (2007!)
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BTW.. I past my vcp5-dcv exam for ESXI 5.5 last and and waiting confirmation from Vmware that my current VCP5 has been upgraded to VCP5-DCV
Hey A Big Congratulations!, I'm glad EE, and myself helped you through your training!!!
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Stupid questoin.. .The link I download Redhat 5.2 from  is this from 98 or 2007'

BTW.. Thanks again for your help studying for the VCP55 exam. I only wish I had have the knowledge you do with this
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OK... I am not a Linux expert but my custom appliance is running "Redhat Linux Exnterprise 5.4 Kernal 2.6.18-164-eI5 x86_64 but could not find the software to download...
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1998! (apollo) 5.2!

BTW.. Thanks again for your help studying for the VCP55 exam. I only wish I had have the knowledge you do with this

No problems, glad to help, another VCP sticker I can stick on the wall of those helped! Hey, if you stick around VMware long enough.... I've got a few years head start, I was there at the beginning....1998! and seen every product and version since.....and there is now MASSIVE STRONG competition!
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OK... I am not a Linux expert but my custom appliance is running "Redhat Linux Exnterprise 5.4 Kernal 2.6.18-164-eI5 x86_64 but could not find the software to download...

RHEL 5.4 is different to Red Hat 5.2.

RHEL 5.4 was launched in 2009, based on kernel 2.6.18-164.

Red Hat went commercial, (2000) and change the names and products from Red Hat which was free for years, to commerical versions of Redhat Linux Enterprise, RHEL!

As it's commercial software that requires a license, (ala Microsoft), versions to just download are hard to find, or do not exist!
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Suggestions????
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Just checking....
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You will have to contact Red Hat, and you will probably need to Sign-up to a Subscription to get hold of RHEL 5.2/5.4.
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they are here

https://rhn.redhat.com/rhn/software/channel/downloads/Download.do?cid=6949

RHEL5.2
Select either 5.2 or 5.4 32bit Server, and grab all 4 isos!

(you'll probably need to register!)
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Do you have to pay for the subscription?

Also do you know of any other free versions of Linux that run the same Kernal version at Redhat Enterprise 5.4?
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No sub required unless you want to update, you should be able to grab those as a download.

Kernel build is kernel 2.6.18-164 in RHEL 5.4, it's based around Fedora Core 3.
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I tried the link you provide and it stated the download were not available without a subscription.
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did you create an account though you need a login!

if you just clicked the link, and select and iso, without a login, it would give you an error.
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I did contact Redhat and they stated I would have to purchase a subscription with the cheapest one best $799 which is not going to happen... Very disappointing...

Accorind to Wikipedia Fedora Core Version 6 codename Zod is using the kernal version that I need.. Now to find a free download
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I did step a free Redhat account but I will try it again
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When I click on the link you posted earlier I then login and then get the message below...


We're sorry, but the channel could not be found.

This error may have occurred in one of three ways:
1.Your RHN account does not include appropriate software channel entitlements to access the channel content.
2.Your RHN account administrator has marked this channel subscribable on a per-user basis.
3.You've found an error in our site. Please help us by filling out this form with details of how you received this message.
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How very odd!

It's a shame I have them all here, as downloads, but cannot distribute them!
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that 3.3G DVD iso should do the trick!
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I installed fedora core 6 and then convert the VM to a template to I can easily deploy another VM's based off this kernel version if need be.

When I power on the new VM after deployment the OS is not found
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This is gone off topic a bit from Installing VMware Tools, to templates!

Did you get VMware Tools installed ?
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You are right Hancock... I am off topic and will open a new one

Thank you for the reminder
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