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How to Install VMWare Workstation 8.0.4 on Fedora 17

Recently ran into an issue were I was receiving VMWare module compilation errors when installing VMWare Workstation 8.0.4. The error I was receiving was it couldn’t execute and find the kernel-headers which were installed but not where VMWare was looking for them.

Download and install latest licensed version 8.0.4 from http://www.vmware.com/support

$ chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.4-744019.x86_64.bundle
$ sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.4-744019.x86_64.bundle

Install needed modules for module compilation

$ sudo yum install automake autoconf gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers

Now to fix the compilation error. Thanks to Weltall’s Blog (http://weltall.heliohost.org/wordpress) we have a patch. Download and install patch for module compilation error from

http://weltall.heliohost.org/wordpress/2012/04/01/vmware-workstation-8-0-2player-4-0-2-and-7-1-x3-1-x-fix-for-linux-kernel-3-4-0/

Extract the tarball and edit patch-modules_3.4.0.sh

$ vi patch-modules_3.4.0.sh

We need to make the change because the script is looking for 8.0.2 and we have 8.0.4.

Change:

vmreqver=8.0.2
plreqver=4.0.2

to

vmreqver=8.0.4
plreqver=4.0.4

Run the patch as root

$ sudo ./patch-modules_3.4.0.sh

Now we are ready to fire up VMWare Workstation 8.0.4 and start virtualizing.

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