Installing VMware Workstation on Fedora 7

January 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1. Install software needed by VMware Workstation

  1. Install packages to build the kernel modules
    yum install gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel
  2. Check the running kernel matches the kernel headers
    uname -r             # running kernel
    rpm -q kernel-devel  # installed kernel headers
  3. If the two versions do not match, run
    yum -y upgrade kernel kernel-devel
    reboot
  4. Find out where the kernel headers are (you may need this later)
    ls -d /usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r)*/include

2. Download VMware Workstation

  1. Go to http://www.vmware.com/download/ws/ if you haven’t already.

3. Do the install

  1. Uncompress Workstation
    tar zxvf VMware-workstation-5.5.4-44386.tar.gz
  2. Change directory
    cd vmware-distrib/
  3. Run the installer
    ./vmware-install.pl
  4. When asked Do you want to run vmware-config.pl?, answer “No”. You will need to patch.
  5. Backup vmware-config.pl
    cp /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl.orig
  6. Patch vmware-config.pl
    cd /tmp/
    wget http://platan.vc.cvut.cz/ftp/pub/vmware/vmware-any-any-update113.tar.gz
    tar zxvf vmware-any-any-update113.tar.gz
    cd vmware-any-any-update113/
    ./runme.pl
  7. When asked Do you want to run vmware-config.pl?, answer “Yes”.
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