VMWare Server Doesn't Start After Upgrade

I have a Xubuntu 9.04 machine that is hosting some VMs running on VMWare Server. I recently upgraded a bunch of packages on the host machine and then I noticed that the VMWare Server was not starting automatically anymore. I tried running it manually and I got the error message: vmware is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured for this system.

What happened is that one of the upgraded packages was the Linux Kernel and a new Kernel version will break VMWare because it originally compiled for the previous Kernel version that was on the machine. To fix this I had to run the /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl script to reconfigure and recompile several components. After running the script, VMWare server started up again as normal.

Let me know if you had this problem before.


Comments powered by Disqus