On 04/24/2014 10:54 AM, mminnaples wrote:[color=blue]
I am new to Linux I bought a server with SLES 11 on it I was trying to
install Vmware on it and ran into missing Kernel Header files as I am
sure everyone has, after getting very frustrated I put on a higher level
Kernel the default was 18.104.22.168 now it is at 22.214.171.124 but when
checking rmp -qa kernel* I see a bunch of different kernels
Debug info for the kernel. Probably not necessary, but its not a problem.
The Xen kernel base stuff. Not necessary unless you are using Xen
virtualization, I’m pretty sure.
The actual kernel sources. Probably not necessary unless you’re building
the VMware tools from source, but I thought that was pretty rare anymore
thanks to the availability of header RPMs in SLES.
Symbols I think. Same as above.
Some base stuff, perhaps drivers, for the kernel.
Does anyone know which ones I should have and if there are some that I
dont need and how do I remove them what are reprecutions? Sorry for
asking such a low level question still cannot get this vmware installed
been working with them for weeks now.[/color]
Working with them for weeks? Sheesh, that’s painful.
First, this looks like either SLES 11 SP0 (shipping) or SP1. SP2 and SP3,
as I recall, use the linux 3.x kernel. Since it sounds like you’re
starting out I’d highly recommend applying SP3 to the box, or maybe just
reinstall with SP3 brand new. Either way should be fine; since you are
new to Linux I’d probably just use the SP3 media to boot the box and do an
upgrade since that should require less interaction and just keep things
mostly as they are, except newer/better/faster/strong.
Whether or not you do that SLES now has a linux-kernel-headers package
which is meant to match the version of the installed default kernel for
exactly these types of applications. If you install that I think your
problems will basically go away and VMware can integrate with the kernel
without building headers from source. To install anything in SLES use
‘zypper’; in fact, do install, query, uninstall, or just look up anything
about packages in Linux, use zypper. For example, search for packages
with ‘kernel’ in the name (both installed as well as installable via local
or online repositories):
zypper se kernel
Install the linux-kernel-headers package from the list above:
zypper in linux-kernel-headers
Get info on a package:
zypper info kernel-default-base
Another way to do that last bit, with installed things only, is directly
using the ‘rpm’ command:
rpm -qi kernel-default-base
Finally, since we’re talking about virtualization have you considered
using KVM or Xen? KVM should work out of the box with SLES 11, and Xen
just requires using the other kernel. Just more options that you have
since you’re already on SLES. Also, while it’s not used as much for
production servers you could try VirtualBox which is available for free
from Oracle and has a nice UI like VMware Workstation.
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