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Fedora 20 Kernel Upgrade broke VMWare Tools

asked 2014-05-19 09:28:33 -0600

Brandon gravatar image

I upgrade Fedora 20 to the latest Kernel updates. I have Fedora installed under VMWare workstation, and now the VMWare Tools are broken. I'm getting the following message:

Failed to start SYSV: Manages the services needed to run VMware software.

What can I do to get it running correctly again?

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I have a Fedora 20 VM running on VMWare, and I tried this out. I have the tools working fine, my VM is a 64 bit one.

Have you tried reinstalling the VMWare tools? I use the latest ones, and they work using the systemd infrastructure.

What do you see when you issue this command:

systemctl status vmtoolsd.service
cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2014-05-20 04:43:17 -0600 )edit

Here's what I get:

[root@localhost httpdocs]# systemctl status vmtoolsd.service
vmtoolsd.service
   Loaded: not-found (Reason: No such file or directory)
   Active: inactive (dead)
Brandon gravatar imageBrandon ( 2014-05-22 09:05:47 -0600 )edit

I keep getting this during the installation of the tools:

Creating a new initrd boot image for the kernel.
Starting Virtual Printing daemon:  done
Starting vmware-tools (via systemctl):  Job for vmware-tools.service failed. See 'systemctl status vmware-tools.service' and 'journalctl -xn' for details. [FAILED]
Unable to start services for VMware Tools

Execution aborted

Found VMware Tools CDROM mounted at /run/media/bpetersen/VMware Tools. Ejecting device /dev/sr0 ...
/sbin/restorecon: Warning no default label for /tmp/vmware-block-restore0/tmp_file
Brandon gravatar imageBrandon ( 2014-05-30 14:39:49 -0600 )edit

apparently you have to patch vmware modules to make them work in 3.17 kernels, see if this helps

Brancomat gravatar imageBrancomat ( 2014-12-01 07:26:14 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-05-22 10:46:17 -0600

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It looks like you do not have the current VMWare tools installed on your VM. You should use the options in the VMWare menu to install the tools - but be sure to download the latest ones first.

The new ones use the systemctl framework, and are much better than the previous System V ones, in my opinion.

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answered 2014-11-23 19:48:44 -0600

I have this problem. I am running fedora 20 on my laptop and, i have wmvare player program. When i try to run wmware, i see this problema.

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[root@localhost init.d]# systemctl status vmware.service
vmware.service - SYSV: This service starts and stops VMware services Loaded: loaded (/etc/rc.d/init.d/vmware) Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since dom 2014-11-23 20:32:51 EST; 43s ago Process: 5766 ExecStart=/etc/rc.d/init.d/vmware start (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain vmware[5766]: Starting VMware services: nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain vmware[5766]: Virtual machine monitor[ OK ] nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain vmware[5766]: Virtual machine communication interface[ OK ] nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain vmware[5766]: VM communication interface socket family[ OK ] nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain vmware[5766]: Blocking file system[ OK ] nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain vmware[5766]: Virtual ethernet[FALLÓ] nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain vmware[5766]: VMware Authentication Daemon[ OK ] nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain systemd[1]: vmware.service: control process exited, code=exited s...s=1 nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain systemd[1]: Failed to start SYSV: This service starts and stops V...es. nov 23 20:32:51 localhost.localdomain systemd[1]: Unit vmware.service entered failed state. Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.

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