Install VMware Server 1.0 on SuSE 10.2 x64

Ahh! One of my servers had a bad stick of RAM and caused all sorts of problems with VMWare ESX Server. At first, I thought ESX was too sensitive but later realized the stick was just super bad. Meanwhile, my evaluation version expired and so I decided to use VMware Server 1.0 (free) on top of SuSE 10.2 (also free).

Thankfully, this dude setup a really nice guide to get around some kernel issues in SuSE. It’s pretty simple; before installing the VMware Server RPM, I ran the following:

# cd /usr/src/linux
# make mrproper; make cloneconfig; make modules_prepare

After installing the RPM, I ran and VMWare complained that a few files were missing. As it turns out, I needed the x86 version of a few packages. I loaded up
Yast -> Software -> Software Management -> Search -> [X] Provides -> [Missing Filename here]. I believe I ended up installing the following packages:

Several.. (many auto-selected themselves)


Next, used YaST to open up my firewall’s port 902. Everything seemed to go well until I ran into PAM issues while attempting to remotely manage it using the VMWare Server Console (Windows). I received the error Permission denied: Login (username/password) incorrect. So I took a look at /var/log/messages and found this crappy news:

vmware-authd: PAM unable to dlopen(/usr/lib/vmware/lib/
vmware-authd: PAM [error: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory]

After searching the web for a solution (thanks web!), I edited /etc/vmware/pam.d/vmware-authd and now it looks like the following:

#auth       sufficient       /usr/lib/vmware/lib/ shadow nullok
#auth       required         /usr/lib/vmware/lib/ shadow nullok
#account    sufficient       /usr/lib/vmware/lib/
#account    required         /usr/lib/vmware/lib/
auth sufficient /lib/security/ shadow nullok
auth required /lib/security/ shadow nullok
account sufficient /lib/security/
account required /lib/security/

Once that was done, I created a symbolic link to make restarting VMWare more comfy (ln -s /etc/init.d/vmware /usr/sbin/rcvmware), then I restarted the vmware service (rcvmware restart) and connected successfully from my remote machine. Now I’m happily installing Windows Server 2008 RC0. Hooray!

And my procrastination paid off — while I was waiting for the motivation to troubleshoot the RAM issue, the price of my server’s RAM dropped drastically — from $160 to $99. Niiiice! I’m buying 5 for a total of 8 Gigs :D

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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2 comments on “Install VMware Server 1.0 on SuSE 10.2 x64
  1. Luuk says:

    Hi, i tried the above, and i’m still getting the
    “Login (username/password) incorrect” message

    Nov 3 11:11:05 opensuse vmware-authd[9718]: pam_unix(vmware-authd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty= ruser= rhost= user=luuk
    Nov 3 11:11:07 opensuse vmware-authd[9718]: PAM 1 more authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty= ruser= rhost= user=luuk

    any help (or hints) on how to start debugging this?

  2. Luuk says:

    my problem is solved, i needed to install the ‘pam-modules-32bit’

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