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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:01 pm    Post subject: VMware Server on Linux 3.0.6 Kernel Reply with quote

Hey guys,

I have been switching my Windows based media center over to a Gentoo based media center and have hit a bit of a roadblock (don't ask why the media server is also a virtual server, just know that it worked out well enough in Windows). After reviving the Gentoo partition and getting XBMC to work (which took a few days) I have found that the vmware-server ebuild is no longer supported/in the main repository. Since it was not, I downloaded the VMWare server installation from their website and here is where the problems started:

First problem:
Code:
What is the directory that contains the init directories (rc0.d/ to rc6.d/)?
[/etc/rc.d] _

Easy enough to fix, I think. Create the directories that it is looking for and let it resume installing

Second problem:
Code:

None of the pre-built vmmon modules for VMware Server is suitable for your
running kernel.  Do you want this program to try to build the vmmon module for
your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)? [yes]

Using compiler "/usr/bin/gcc". Use environment variable CC to override.

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]

The directory of kernel headers (version @@VMWARE@@ UTS_RELEASE) does not match
your running kernel (version 3.0.6-gentoo).  Even if the module were to compile
successfully, it would not load into the running kernel.

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include] _

I don't know where to go with this one.

My real question here is 'has anyone gotten VMware Server 2.0.2 running recently on Gentoo? And if so, how?'
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deathwish644,

VMWare-Server is no longer supported by vmware, the best advice is to not use it.

VirtualBox has been a better product for a few years now and is your best option if you are on 32 bit Intel/AMD hardware.
Better yet is the Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) Set it up with the virtio drivers and for best performace give the Virtual Machines a volume in an LVM setting but a volume in a file works too.
This option needs 64bit AMD/Intel hardware with virtualisation support.

In short, vmware-server is dead, its time to move on.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vmware-player is a good alternative imho, in fact afaik, generally speaking it's performance is better than kvm and vb.

also, afaik kvm has much less supported features than vmware and vb, that is why I've decided not to go with it.

as I need performance but also headless feature I've went with vb thus my wife can work on her W7 either from any terminal in the house or via rdp on her laptop.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a virtualbox user myself, but isn't the module tainting the kernel in recent times, because of random segfaults related to it?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

genstorm wrote:
I'm a virtualbox user myself, but isn't the module tainting the kernel in recent times, because of random segfaults related to it?

no problems here thought their kernel module is crap at best.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies - midterms have kept me offline for the past week(ish).

Regardless, right now I am looking for a visualization platform similar to VMware Server's model - VM's start in the background and run without user intervention for quite some time. Last I was aware, VirtualBox did not support anything like this - your posts lead me to believe that this has since changed?

Also, KVM would be considered an alternative, but since I moved from Windows to Linux, I have all my VM's locked up in the proprietary VMware Server format. Does KVM support conversion or do I need to mess around with VirtualBox to convert the images to KVM images?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deathwish644 wrote:
Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies - midterms have kept me offline for the past week(ish).

Regardless, right now I am looking for a visualization platform similar to VMware Server's model - VM's start in the background and run without user intervention for quite some time. Last I was aware, VirtualBox did not support anything like this - your posts lead me to believe that this has since changed?

Also, KVM would be considered an alternative, but since I moved from Windows to Linux, I have all my VM's locked up in the proprietary VMware Server format. Does KVM support conversion or do I need to mess around with VirtualBox to convert the images to KVM images?

Thanks

you mean headless?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaggyStyle wrote:

you mean headless?


Basically, yeah.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deathwish644,

Code:
app-emulation/virtualbox-9999  USE="alsa pulseaudio python -headless -qt4 -sdk"

I wonder what the headless USE flag does ?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deathwish644 wrote:
DaggyStyle wrote:

you mean headless?


Basically, yeah.


vb has headless support, vmware-player (free version of vmware) doesn't vmware-station (paid version of vmware) has it.

vb is all you need.
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