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Old 05-23-2007, 07:49 AM   #1
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CentOS 5.0 Kernel and VMWare Question


I'm running CentOS 5.0 on an AMD64 3800+ dual core with Asus MB. I've just successfully installed the free VMWare Server and Management Interface programs.

I understand from past postings that if I upgrade my system I have to re-install VMWare. I can see where that would apply to kernel upgrades but what about if I add memory to my system? Or would I have to re-install CentOS for the extra memory to be recognized by the kernel?

The second broad question. Since I want to run WIN2000 as a guest OS under the CentOS 5.0, which client package do I now install? The one listed as a Linux client under the Linux section of the VMWare site or the Windows client listed in the Windows section?

I'm probably over analyzing this but given how amazingly painless this whole install has gone compared to previous attempts with other distributions, I don't want to screw things up now.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
 
Old 05-23-2007, 07:58 AM   #2
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vmware uses a kernel module to get access to the system correctly. if you replace the kernel with a different version then that custom vmware module no longer exists, and you just run vmware-config.pl again. that's all that is really.

client package? vmware tools you mean? you just let the vmware server provide the tools as virtual cdrom normally.
 
Old 05-23-2007, 10:35 AM   #3
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No, not that one. When you go to the VMWare download page, they have a section for those who are installing VMWare on a Windows host and a section below for installing on a Linux host.

The third file within each group is a zip file identified as "Windows client" or "Linux client" respectively. For example, the one in the Linux group is called "VMware-server-linux-client-1.0.3-44356.zip". There's something comparable in the Windows section. I'm just not sure if they mean that the client is for installing a *nix guest specifically under Linux or is it for installing ANY guest system under Linux.

Or, do I just need the server and management interface programs?

Also, would you happen to know, does everybody need that "any-any" file fix since not every "howto" article that I've read mentions it.

And last question, if I add memory to my CentOS 5.0 system, do I have to re-install the kernel so that it knows about the new memory?

Thanks again for your help.
 
Old 05-23-2007, 01:06 PM   #4
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you don't need a vmware console no, but it's useful if you want to administer the machines remotely. it's about which machine you want to run it from, the OS running vmware itself is totally irrelevant, as it's just tlking it's own protocl between the console and the server.
 
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Ok, thanks for the help.
 
  


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