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Re: [opensuse] opensuse and vmware
- From: "Dominique Leuenberger" <Dominique.Leuenberger@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 04 Nov 2009 10:40:10 +0100
- Message-id: <4AF15A0A020000290007357E@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I use VMWare workstation. It comes with kernel drivers, and evenOn 11/4/2009 at 10:27, Roger Oberholtzer <roger@xxxxxx> wrote:
automatically re-compiles/reloads them if I start VMWare after changing
the kernel. All rather painless and automatic.
My question is: what is the advantage of the open-vm-tools over the
stuff that comes with VMware?
I always uninstall the vm tools that come with openSUSE. They seems to
get installed by default (in, say, 11.0). Is that still the case? It
seemed to install only kernel modules. Which, on their own, are rather
The kernel modules from open-vm-tools are only meant for vmware GUESTS. To my
knowledge they were added in openSUSE 11.1 (but I can be wrong there..
time passes much faster than I can imagine).
if installed on a guest, the modules on their own are already very handy: think
- vmware guest running openSUSE 11.2 (kernel modules installed from the
- opensuse publishes a kernel update -> due to the linking with the kmps, new
kernel modules for vmware guest (NIC!) are automatically installed
would this not be the case, you could hardly do this upgrade on a remote
machine without 'access' to the console (think esx, vmware server). Because
you'd have to log in to the guest and rebuild the kernel modules to get network
As said: the vmware-kmp that are shipped with opensuse are NOT meant for the
host (that's why in openSUSE 11.2 they kmp is now called
vmware-guest-kmp-<flavor>; before it was vmware-kmp-<flavor> and I've seen
plenty of users installing the package on their HOST, which is WRONG).
If the KMP get's installed automatically, that would be clearly a bug. As they
are on the DVD though one that's hardly fixable with an update.
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