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Old 12-05-2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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Old Distro - New Hypervisor - No Network

Hi All

Hoping someone can help with this rather strange situation I find myself in...

I have several old servers running business critical Informix databases (a very old version from the days when informix had to be build by IBM and sent to you on floppy disk for the specific distro you were using)

I have some nice shiny ESXI 5.0U1 boxes. The version of Linux on the old machines is Red Hat Linux 7.1 Kernel 2.4.7-10.

Unfortunately i cannot get the vmware tools to install for the network card. The network card is basically presented as an intel e1000 so i thought i would try to be clever and install the intel drivers instead. Unfortunately i am unable to get them to install as rpmbuild -tb e100-9.0.35.tar.gz outputs ***this driver is not supported on kernel versions older than 2.4.0 :S

can anybody give me a clue on where to go next?

(yes i am going to migrate away from the shocking old databases and distros but there are a lot of apps to migrate/rewrite first and i want to get the DBS copied to VMS for DR, cut me some slack i only inherited the network 3 months ago)

Last edited by NiceCuppa; 12-05-2012 at 08:47 AM. Reason: spelling - more info etc
Old 12-06-2012, 04:08 PM   #2
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Upgrade, too old kernel and don't think you'll find the e1000 module which would build with that kernel not to mention repositories for updates/upgrades.
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I think qemu may be the choice. It still has some ability to add in some very old cards.


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