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Fixing Broken VMware Server After Ubuntu Upgrade

In Archived on October 27, 2009 by netritious


I have discovered two ways of breaking a running VMware Server installation on Ubuntu:

  1. Using apt-get autoclean or apt-get clean will remove dependencies required by VMware Server.
  2. Using apt-get dist-upgrade to upgrade the Linux kernel will break VMware on restart — Grub will load the latest kernel version by default.

To fix VMware Server after running into this problem is simple and straight forward by using the following command:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

Afterwards you will need to run the VMware Server configuration script.

sudo /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl

This script is created by VMware Server during the initial installation. I elected to chose the defaults as the script is written well enough to check for the most recent VMware Server configuration.

Note: In the case of issue number two — dist-upgrade breaks VMware Server — you need to reboot first in order to load the newly installed kernel, run the posted commands, and reboot again.

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