VMware Server v1.04 On Fedora 8 With Kernel 2.6.24

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Author: Oliver Meyer <o [dot] meyer [at] projektfarm [dot] de>

This document describes how to set up VMware Server v1.04 on Fedora 8 with the brand-new kernel 2.6.24 (

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty - it doesn't cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system - this is the way I chose.


1 VMware Server Is Not Installed Yet

Download and install the VMware Server as described here at step 14.3.16, but DON'T apply the any-any patch. Afterwards proceed with step 2.


2 VMware Server Is Already Installed

Download this patch. After that open a terminal, become root and switch to the folder where you downloaded the patch. Unpack the patch and copy the included .tar-files to the VMware module-sources directory.

tar xvfj vmware.tar.bz2
cd vmware/
cp vm* /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/

Now type in:


Answer all the questions with "yes" and accept the license agreement (if you agree with it). After that you'll be asked a few questions about install paths etc. - simply hit enter for every question. As a last resort you have to insert your serial number. Afterwards the VMware Server is available in the gnome applications menu.




Special thanks to the member rhsoftware from fedoraforum.de who published the new patch.

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Any idea if this patch will also work with VMWare Server 1.0.5, or is it no longer required? I'm reluctant to upgrade if it's going to cause issues...


Yes, it works also with 1.05.


What is fixed in this patch?