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 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

2. Download the VMware kernel modules for the 2.4.7 kernel

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

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

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

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Last modified: 01/16/2003