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VMware ESX Server Driver Disk and Tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2


Released 2/8/06

Driver Disk:
IMG File

Tools ISO:
ISO File

This update for ESX Server 2.5.2 and ESX Server 2.5.3 allows the use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2 as a guest operating system. The update consists of two parts:

  • A driver disk providing a BusLogic SCSI driver.
  • An updated version of VMware Tools for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2.

For ESX Server 2.5.2 (prior to Update Patch 4), download both of these items and use them as described below to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2 as a guest operating system on a virtual machine. For ESX Server 2.5.3, or ESX Server 2.5.2 Upgrade Patch 4 or later, the updated version of VMware Tools is included in the build, so you need to download and install only the Buslogic SCSI driver.

Note: The driver disk is only supported for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2 (kernel version 2.6.9-22.EL). Other versions of the kernel are not yet supported.

Note: This version of VMware Tools has been qualified on version 2.5.2 and 2.5.3 of ESX Server. It will be qualified on future versions as they become available.

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2 With the Driver Disk

To install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2 using the driver disk:

  1. Create a new virtual machine on which you will install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0. (See Creating a New Virtual Machine for more information.) When creating the virtual machine, select the BusLogic SCSI adapter. The LSI Logic SCSI adapter is not supported. Also, make sure that the newly created virtual machine has been configured with a virtual floppy device.
  2. Download the BusLogic driver disk. Transfer the downloaded driver disk image to the ESX Server service console, and save it under /tmp.
  3. Check the md5sum of the downloaded file:
    # md5sum dd.img.gz
    The md5 checksum output should match the following:
    cc40b7f394f33dec7bceaca58614f327 dd.img.gz
  4. Unzip the driver disk image:
    # gunzip dd.img.gz
  5. Insert the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2 CD into the CD-ROM drive, or connect the virtual machine to the ISO image.
  6. Power on the virtual machine to begin installation.
  7. Enter linux dd at the boot prompt to indicate that you will be providing a driver disk during the installation.
  8. When the installer prompts, "Do you have a driver disk?", select Yes. When prompted for the driver disk source, select fd0.
  9. When prompted to insert the driver disk, connect the virtual machine to the floppy image (/tmp/dd.img), and choose OK.
  10. Select No when prompted for additional driver disks.
  11. Continue with the installation process. Refer to Installing Guest Operating Systems: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 in the Guest Operating System Installation Guide if you need more information on installation.
    The BusLogic driver will be loaded from the floppy image during installation.
  12. When installation is finished, disconnect the virtual floppy before rebooting the virtual machine.

When installation is complete, follow the instructions below to install updated VMware Tools.

Installing the VMware Tools Update

Note: If you have installed ESX Server 2.5.3, or ESX Server 2.5.2 Upgrade Patch 4 or later, the correct version of VMware Tools is already included in your ESX Server installation. You do not need to download and install this VMware Tools version.

When the guest operating system installation is complete, install the updated VMware Tools:

  1. Download the VMware Tools ISO image.
  2. Transfer the downloaded ISO image to the ESX Server service console, and save it under /tmp.
  3. Check the md5sum of the ISO image:
    # md5sum linux.iso
    The md5 checksum output should match the following:
    91df9915f975ddec0f9ebc2276f4f547 linux.iso
  4. Backup the old VMware Tools ISO image:
    # mv /usr/lib/vmware/isoimages/linux.iso
    /usr/lib/vmware/isoimages/linux.iso.old
  5. Copy the new VMware Tools ISO image:
    # cp /tmp/linux.iso /usr/lib/vmware/isoimages/linux.iso
  6. Boot the virtual machine on which you installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 Update 2 into runlevel 3.
  7. If you are using VMware Remote Console, choose Settings > VMware Tools Install, and then click Install. If you are using then Virtual Center Console, choose VM > Install VMware Tools, and then click Install.
  8. In the virtual machine, log in as root, and mount the VMware Tools ISO image:
    # mount /media/cdrom
  9. Copy vmware-linux-tools.tar.gz to /tmp:
    # cp /media/cdrom/vmware-linux-tools.tar.gz /tmp
  10. Unmount the CD-ROM:
    # umount /media/cdrom
  11. Change to the /tmp directory, and untar the VMware Tools tar file:
    # cd /tmp
    # tar xzf vmware-linux-tools.tar.gz
  12. Change to the directory vmware-tools-distrib:
    # cd vmware-tools-distrib
  13. Run the VMware Tools installer:
    # ./vmware-install.pl
  14. Choose directories for the files.
  15. Enter a display size for the virtual machine and press Enter.
  16. Start X and your graphical environment and launch the VMware Tools background application.

    vmware-toolbox &