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A Few Clarifications About VMware Server and the Linux Kernels

Since Ubuntu 9.04 appeared back in April, 2009, I’ve started building different scripts that use community supplied patches in order to make the install process of VMware Server as easy as it was supposed to be. Still it seems that many of the users of my scripts misinterpret the help I offered by asking questions which have nothing to do specifically with the scripts but with how VMware Server works. To be clear in this aspect: I do not provide support for any of VMware’s products.

When I began offering these scripts I simply tried to ease the process of installing VMware Server on various kernels shipped with the distribution I use. Considering to be a cumbersome job to manually apply patches or to start an install process, stop it in the middle, apply a patch and then continue the install, I thought that I could help by eliminating all these steps. The scripts are released with no kind of guarantee towards the success of using the product. Furthermore, it should be noted that VMware Server is not officially supported on Ubuntu > 8.04, SUSE Linux Enterprise ServerĀ  > 10.1, Mandriva Corporate Server > 4, Red Hat Enterprise Linux > 5.1 and two other less popular distributions.

Using VMware Server on any other distribution than the ones indicated above and in the “VMware Server User’s Guide” available here is solely your own responsibility. The only thing that I can guarantee to all of you using my scripts is the success of installing VMware Server on the unsupported kernels, a process which would fail without patching different files from the package. The fact that you might not be able to use all the server’s features is not my problem and unfortunately you don’t have an official way to obtain support.

A piece of advice that I might give to you is to not use VMware Server on unsupported kernels/distributions unless you are forced to. There are several other type 2 hypervisors which could do the job of providing virtual machines: QEMU, KVM, VirtualBox (which can be daemonized), etc.

In conclusion, if you have VMware Server related problems please do not ask me for support. If you have problems in using one of the scripts I wrote I would be more than happy to assist but that’s the only thing I am able and willing to do for you.

Thank you!

Linux, VMware, Virtualization

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