Monday 16 November 2009

VMware Server 2.0.2 on OpenSuse 11.1

Today during preparing the OPN Bootcamp on Oracle AIA Foundation Pack, I found out that VMware Server 2.0.2 is out. It has been released on october 26th.
So I downloaded the one for my system (OpenSuse 11.1 x86_64). As well as the windows variant for the bootcamp.

To upgrade an existing installed vmware server you can do (as root):
makker-laptop:/usr/bin # rpm -Uhv VMware-server-2.0.2-203138.x86_64.rpm

To query which VMware Server you have installed:
makker-laptop:/usr/bin # rpm -q VMware-server

To install if you're not having VMware Server:
makker-laptop:/usr/bin # rpm -ihv VMware-server-2.0.2-203138.x86_64.rpm

Then after that you should run in /usr/bin folder as root.

In my case something went wrong in installing the vsock module. I did not see that in an earlier install. This is the message I got:
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only'
make -C /lib/modules/ SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-'                
make -C ../../../linux- O=/usr/src/linux- modules
CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/linux/af_vsock.o                                     
CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/linux/driverLog.o                                    
CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/linux/util.o                                         
CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/linux/vsockAddr.o                                    
LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/vsock.o                                              
Building modules, stage 2.                                                                  
MODPOST 1 modules                                                                           
WARNING: "VMCIDatagram_CreateHnd" [/tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!        
WARNING: "VMCIDatagram_DestroyHnd" [/tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!       
WARNING: "VMCI_GetContextID" [/tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!             
WARNING: "VMCIDatagram_Send" [/tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!             
CC      /tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/vsock.mod.o                                          
LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only/vsock.ko                                             
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-'                  
cp -f vsock.ko ./../vsock.o                                                                   
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config6/vsock-only'                                      
Unable to make a vsock module that can be loaded in the running kernel:                       
insmod: error inserting '/tmp/vmware-config6/vsock.o': -1 Unknown symbol in module            
There is probably a slight difference in the kernel configuration between the                 
set of C header files you specified and your running kernel.  You may want to                 
rebuild a kernel based on that directory, or specify another directory.  

You might not need it since Vsock is an optional module that is used in communication between guests and hosts. But luckily I found a solution here. Mr. Swerdna states that there is a flaw in the, for which he provides a patch. He also explains how to enable USB support in guests. So thank you very much mr. Swerdna.

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