Fedora 7 and VMware - Problems

Ed Greshko Ed.Greshko at greshko.com
Mon May 21 02:35:45 UTC 2007

Eric wrote:

> <EG>>>>>I'm running FC7-T4 as a guest on a RHELv4 host.  Using VMware
> workstation 6.0.  The only issue so far is the ability to install VMware
> tools on FC7.<<<<<
> Good evening, Ed.

Actually, for me it is "good morning".  :-)

> I'm running on Workstation 5.5.2.  Haven't gotten around to upgrading to
> 6.0 yet.  Planned to do that in order to be able to run on Vista hosts
> but didn't get the Vista machine I thought I was going to get so it
> became moot.
> Are you aware of any F7 problems that might be solved by upgrading from
> Workstation 5.5 to 6?

I never did try to run FC7 on 5.5.  I was running VMware 6-RC2 when I
installed FC7 and had no problem.  Now running the released version, OK.

> I haven't gotten around to trying to install VMware Tools yet, suspected
> that probably might not work well.  What happened when you tried (if in
> fact you did try it)?

It fails in the module compilations.  There is a reported fix for T3 but it
was only partially successful on T4.

> <EG>>>>>Go to the VMware forums.  The issue is not related to FC7 but
> VMware.<<<<<
> Past experience has shown me that that would be an endeavor that would
> be, as the old saying goes, useless as tits on a bull.

Really, I've had a 180 experience.  The forums are the VMware community and
they are fairly good at helping out with in these officially non-supported
areas.  The T3 fix came from there....


> They will say that it's an F7 problem, go complain to the Fedora people,
> we don't claim to support F7 anyway.

The official support channel will do that....

> I will say that, as I said, earlier versions of Fedora run fine on
> VMware Workstation 5.x (all the way back to 5.0.1) with the exception of
> FC4, and with varying degrees of difficulty in getting it all running.
> VMware claims, perhaps with variable levels of justification, to be
> compatible with a regular x86 environment, so that anything that runs on
> one should run on the other.
> An example of a problem I had was that F7's installer can't see the
> faux-SCSI disks VMware provides, and so I had to tell VMware to make
> them IDE instead of SCSI.  That never happened with earlier versions of
> Fedora.  Wouldn't that be something that's useful for the F7 people to
> know?

All I know is that I've had various issues with VMware not supporting the
newest release of an OS.  So, since FC7 has not been released and VMWare 6
has been released it would only be a stroke of luck that FC7 would work
flawlessly on WMware 6.  However, VMware has been very good at getting
subsequent patches to support the newer released versions.


TAPPING?  You POLITICIANS!  Don't you realize that the END of the "Wash
Cycle" is a TREASURED MOMENT for most people?!

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