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Old 12-02-2007, 11:07 AM   #1
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running vmware server on slack12 w/ 2.6.23.1 kernel


I figured i'd post here now. im sure some of you out there are running vmware server on slack12.
I have a post over at vmware communities about my issues im having. i'll try to sum it up and also post the link.

Host is Slack12 w/2.6.23.1 kernel
2 Guests
1 Windows 2000 server w/exchange 2000
1 Slack12 w/2.6.23.1 for wiki, otrs, nagios, cacti, and webmin

with some tweaking our win2000 server is running fine now.
my slack guest isn't.

almost ever 10min, the guest "hangs" or "craps out" if you will. i will be ssh'd into the guest and then it will kick me out. takes around 30 sec to 1min before i can get back in. At this time, i can ping the guest from anywhere. If i try to access webmin, i can't. so Web traffic also comes to a halt.

If you use vmware server on slack 12, please take a look at my post over at vmware and let me know what you think and if you have any ideas on anything i can try.

http://communities.vmware.com/message/808869#808869
 
Old 12-04-2007, 01:40 PM   #2
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Vmware Server Slack 12

I am having strange windows shutdown problems with kernel 2.6.23.9
my post on vmware community is "Client Shuts down by itself"
What is happening is my xp guests just power off, when restarting the guest, restart is normal no fdisk

I am now testing with 2.6.21.5-smp my rescue kernel and the problem has seemed to disappear
vmware server guest has been running for about 3 hours without fail

hope this helps
John
 
Old 12-04-2007, 04:21 PM   #3
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Hehhe, it does help confirm something. I did the same. i reverted back to 2.6.21.5 as well and i haven't really had the same problems.

I have been disconnected once or twice.
I've found that using e1000 for the nic driver fixes that for me.
i also configured a machine w/paravirtualization and one without. haven't really noticed a difference on either guest though. I did notice that when i use BUSLOGIC i have problems but when i use LSILOGIC i don't have problems. the problem i was having was i couldn't paste into VIM from another session of putty. once i changed back to LSILOGIC it worked just fine. before hand it totally froze the guest system and it required a reboot to fix it.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 08:06 AM   #4
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Vmware Server Slack 12

sorry if this post came thru twice
i must have got my vmware posts mixed up
glad to confirm
if interested the 2.6.22.9 kernel plays fine with vmware also
the problem seems to be either 2.6.23 or vmware
beyond me to figure it out, but things are back to normal now
 
Old 12-05-2007, 08:32 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AlleyTrotter View Post
sorry if this post came thru twice
i must have got my vmware posts mixed up
glad to confirm
if interested the 2.6.22.9 kernel plays fine with vmware also
the problem seems to be either 2.6.23 or vmware
beyond me to figure it out, but things are back to normal now
Is your host running slack as well? If so what .config options did you add when you compiled? Same with your guests, what did you change?

Host, i made Clock freq 100hz for both host and guests.
guests have paravirtualization compiled in too.
changed CPU to match what i have.
changed Ram to 64gig

those are really the main things i've changed.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 09:39 AM   #6
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Vmware Server Slack 12

my host is slack 12 and I have two winXP pro guests
I started with Pats kernel-generic-smp-2.6.21.5_smp-i686-2. my config has a few things added/deleted to match my hardware. things which are not on my system and added support for reiserfs in kernel
i have not changed clock frequency
i also have paravirtualization compiled in on host
am using 4G in it but I am going to change to 64GB next compile because system is not seeing all my memory
I have not changed anything in my .config when compiling. I always copy .config from previous kernel and do make oldconfig

If you want I can email my .config file. I am not yet allowed to post attachments
 
Old 12-05-2007, 09:49 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AlleyTrotter View Post
my host is slack 12 and I have two winXP pro guests
I started with Pats kernel-generic-smp-2.6.21.5_smp-i686-2. my config has a few things added/deleted to match my hardware. things which are not on my system and added support for reiserfs in kernel
i have not changed clock frequency
i also have paravirtualization compiled in on host
am using 4G in it but I am going to change to 64GB next compile because system is not seeing all my memory
I have not changed anything in my .config when compiling. I always copy .config from previous kernel and do make oldconfig

If you want I can email my .config file. I am not yet allowed to post attachments
Maybe you know better but i thought paravirtualization was for guests not the host system. the reason why i say that is it says that it will speed things up with the hypervisor. in our case, VMWARE is our hypervisor. i could be misunderstanding the whole thing.

Good to know about the clock freq. i think i will change it back to 250hz.
 
Old 12-05-2007, 10:43 AM   #8
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Vmware Server Slack 12

no I'm sure I don't know better. I read somewhere to compile paravirtualization for host, maybe i mis-read
Thanks for the heads up, I will change next compile

John
 
Old 12-17-2007, 01:45 PM   #9
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tickless

after a few days of compiling and testing 2.6.23 kernels it turns out that the cause of my "power off" problems was the tickless kernel. After changing NO_HZ=not set the problem has disappeared.
It seems Vmware has problems with the tickless kernel

Thanks
John
 
Old 02-20-2008, 10:18 AM   #10
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Smile All Fixed

If anyone has followed this thread. I would like to report that as of 2.6.24 the tickless kernel and Vmware 1.04 play nice again
Thanks
John
 
Old 02-20-2008, 01:34 PM   #11
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after a few days of compiling and testing 2.6.23 kernels it turns out that the cause of my "power off" problems was the tickless kernel. After changing NO_HZ=not set the problem has disappeared.
It seems Vmware has problems with the tickless kernel
Just for more confirmation, I have been running VmWare Server for several months on kernel version 2.6.23.9 with no problems. I have CONFIG_HZ=250, and "CONFIG_NO_HZ is not set" . I experience several other wierd random crashes with CONFIG_NO_HZ set, so I changed to 250 HZ.
 
Old 02-21-2008, 01:17 AM   #12
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I would also like to point out that i seemed to have fixed my issue with no kernel modifications by not having it split the virtual hard drive into 2GB files. Slack guest doesn't have anymore problems. I also haven't had problems on the host when i compiled in paravirtualization (and 64GB mem).

Probably would only upgrade kernel when Pat releases 12.1.
 
  


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