Using VMware 2.0.4 with Red Hat Linux 7.2

After upgrading my system from Red Hat Linux 7.1 to 7.2, the vmware-config.pl script was unable to compile the kernel modules for the new kernel. My Red Hat 7.2 installation is using kernel 2.4.7-10.

I did have the VMware RPMs installed. However, in order to get VMware working with kernel 2.4.7, it appears that you must install VMware from source.

Here are the steps I used to get VMware 2.0.4 running with the 2.4.7 kernel.

1. Download the VMware 2.0.4 tarball
http://ftp.linja.net/pub/mirrors/vmware/VMware-2.0.4-1142.tar.gz

2. Download the VMware kernel modules for the 2.4.7 kernel
ftp://platan.vc.cvut.cz/pub/vmware/obsolete/vmmon-for-2.4.7-only.tar.gz

3. Extract the VMware tarball.
tar zxvf VMware-2.0.4-1142.tar.gz

4. gunzip the vmmon-for-2.4.7-only tarball.
gunzip vmmon-for-2.4.7-only.tar.gz

5. Backup your old vmmon.tar file.
mv vmware-distrib/lib/modules/source/vmmon.tar
vmware-distrib/lib/modules/source/vmmon_backup.tar


6. Replace the vmmon.tar file with the vmmon-for-2.4.7-only.tar file.
mv vmmon-for-2.4.7-only.tar distrib/lib/modules/source/vmmon.tar

7. Run the VMware installation program.
cd vmware-distrib
./vmware-install.pl


You should now be able to run VMware 2.0.4 for Linux with the 2.4.7 kernel.

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