VMware Server 2.0 BETA 2 on CentOS 5.1

Tue, 1 Apr. 2008     Thomas Bendler     ~ 2 min to read

After I have read this article in the Heise newsticker stating that the “VMware server 2.0 BETA 2” is now available, I started to download the new RPM in order to upgrade my VMware server 2.0 BETA 1 installations. To achieve this I followed the normal standard procedure:

> service vmware stop

Next I took the opportunity to upgrade my system to the latest and greatest patch level with a reboot because the kernel was replaced by a new version:

> yum update all
> yum clean all
> reboot

After the reboot I’ve logged in again and start the configuration of vmware:

> /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl

I’ve used the proposed values except the license key which I’ve reentered (didn’t remember if it was the same license key as used with BETA 1 or not). The start of the server was from my point of view the last step:

> service vmware start

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to connect (http/https). So I’ve checked the ports with:

> netstat -tulpn

Hmm, indeed, nothing was listening on port 80/443. I’ve googled around and found an entry in the VMware forum stating that SElinux could be the problem:

> sestatus

Oh, SElinux is activated, that explain a lot (the following command change some SElinux security context for the shared libraries):

> find /usr/lib/vmware -name '*.so*' -exec chcon -t texrel_shlib_t {} \;

Now I’ve only need to restart the VMware server:

> service vmware restart

Heureka! VMware server 2.0 BETA is upgraded and running. Now we can check how stable the BETA already is.

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