Horrendous and frustrating experience with vmware-server2.0.2!!

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Horrendous and frustrating experience with vmware-server2.0.2!!

Post by vizziee » 2009/12/14 22:36:03

Hello,

May be it is my inexperience but after upgrading to kernel 2.6.30 (CentOS 5.4), I feel thoroughly defeated while installing vmware-server2.0.2. This entire ordeal took me through hundreds of "support" webpages and communities effectively asking me to change this or that from firewall to gtk to nspluginwrapper to what not. But vmware-server, as adamant as it is like its allies (nsplugin/flash/etcetc), would just not oblige.

To put everything in perspective, I was able to install vmware-server after patching up the available download. I followed the process given here (except that I used patch files for vmware-server 2.0.2): http://symbolik.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/howto-64-bit-kernel-2-6-31-and-vmware-server-2-0-1/

After ensuring,
a. I don't have a firewall on https port
b. I have given permissions to .mozilla and .vmware directories in my home directory.
c. Installed nspluginwrapper and flashplayer.
d. Removed any duplicated SSL certificates in Firefox.

However, after all this and ++ (it took several hours...all in vain, I suppose), when I try to launch vmware, the web interface displays the familiar but erroneous Loading... page with blank screen on firefox. I even came across one of the threads on some forum where they said that this bug is incurable for CentOS5.4/2.6.30/FlashPlayer10/vmware-server2.0.2 combination. Really??!!

I would appreciate if someone on the forum can enlighten me if this battle is worth pursuing.

Sincerely,

Kumar Vijay Mishra.

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Re: Horrendous and frustrating experience with vmware-server2.0.2!!

Post by pjwelsh » 2009/12/15 14:20:02

Sorry, you may not get a lot of attention on this while running a non-standard kernel. It's often hard enough figuring out what went wrong when you have what the other person has. This leads to a couple of questions. Why the 2.6.31 kernel? Are you trying to connect to the VMWare server web gui from that server itself? Is it a 64bit FF/Flash issue?

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Re: Horrendous and frustrating experience with vmware-server2.0.2!!

Post by vizziee » 2009/12/21 19:27:27

Hi pjwelsh,

Thank you for your reply.

[quote]Why the 2.6.31 kernel?[/quote]
It is 2.6.30, not .31. Honestly speaking, the primary reason for going for this kernel is: I am not the one who loaded it. It was given to me as such by the computers and networking service dept in our office. The secondary reason is that the older kernel (2.6.18) gave problems with respect to some drivers, so the computers dept guys thought they would better upgrade the kernel to 2.6.30.


[quote]Are you trying to connect to the VMWare server web gui from that server itself?[/quote]
Yes.

[quote]Is it a 64bit FF/Flash issue?[/quote]
I am not sure. Is there a way I can find out what installations are on my machine. I do see that Flashplayer plugin library .so file is in /usr/lib and not in /usr/lib64. The mozilla directory is in both /usr/lib and /usr/lib64 but its plugins files are found only in/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins.

Regards,

Kumar Vijay Mishra.

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Horrendous and frustrating experience with vmware-server2.0.

Post by pschaff » 2009/12/21 19:41:17

The issue may be a [url=http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=3884]glibc bug[/url] rather than the kernel; however, IMHO your "computers and networking service dept" is probably misguided. What drivers are needed that are not in the standard or CentOSplus kernels, or in reliable repos such as [url=http://elrepo.org]ELRepo[/url]?

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Re: Horrendous and frustrating experience with vmware-server2.0.2!!

Post by vizziee » 2009/12/21 19:51:54

Hi pschaff,

[quote]
pschaff wrote:
The issue may be a [url=http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=3884]glibc bug[/url] rather than the kernel; [/quote]
I have come across one of the two threads given on that link. Though they all discuss the problem with vmwareserver 2.0.0 and 2.0.1 (mine is 2.0.2.), the posters appear to face the same problem as myself. However I will give the solution a try and report back my results here. Thank you for the link.

[quote]however, IMHO your "computers and networking service dept" is probably misguided. What drivers are needed that are not in the standard or CentOSplus kernels, or in reliable repos such as [url=http://elrepo.org]ELRepo[/url]?[/quote]
You could well be right. But I am stuck with this configuration and there is little I can do to escape its installation.

Regards,

Kumar Vijay Mishra.

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Re: Horrendous and frustrating experience with vmware-server2.0.2!!

Post by pschaff » 2009/12/21 20:41:17

Understood. Good luck.

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