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Installing VMware Workstation on SLED/SLES

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
VMware Workstation


vmmon module error during
unable to build the vmmon module
Installing VMware Workstation on SLED
Installing VMware Workstation on Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop


Use VMware Workstation 5.5.2 if you are installing on SLED/SLES 10. VMware 5.5.2 is fully supported on these platforms.

If you are running VMware 5.5.0 or 5.5.1, you can perform the following manual steps:

NOTE: Before running the VMware configuration script, the following packages must be installed: kernel-source, gcc,gcc-c++. Also make sure to run 'make cloneconfig;make prepare-all' from the /usr/src/linux directory as the ROOT user (Note that with SLEx 11 this command is 'make cloneconfig;make prepare' instead, "prepare-all" no longer works).

Automated steps:

The easiest way is to download a utility called'vmware-any-any-update' which automates the process below. You can download the any-any update by going to and looking for'vmware-any-any-update101.tar.gz'.

1. Install the VMware Workstation rpm.
2. Extract the vmware-any-any-update file to a temporary directory
3. As root, run ''
4. '' will automatically configure the vmmon and vmnet modules and launch '' when complete.

Manual steps:

Perform the following steps:

1. Install the VMware Workstation rpm.
2. Before running go to the /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source directory. You should find two .tar files 'vmmon.tar' and 'vmnet.tar'
3. Extract both via 'tar xf vmmon.tar' and 'tar xf vmnet.tar'
4. You should find a Makefile.kernel in both vmmon-only/ and vmnet-only/ directories
5. Edit both Makefile.kernel files by adding the following parameter just after-Iinclude2/asm/mach-default(on the same line).


For example:

$(EXTRA_CFLAGS) -Iinclude2/asm/mach-default-DKBUILD_BASENAME=\"$(DRIVER)\"\

6. Rename the existing vmmon.tar and vmnet.tar via 'mv vmmon.tar' and 'mv vmnet.tar'.
7. Create new tar files via 'tar cf vmmon.tar vmmon-only/' and 'tar cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only/'.
8. Run and it should complete without any errors.

Additional Information

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  • Document ID:3935926
  • Creation Date: 12-Oct-2006
  • Modified Date:21-Dec-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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