Posted by: Joe Foran
Blade servers, Virtualization
Since 2.0 is almost out, I imagine this will need a follow-up at some point. (Good…it’ll keep me focussed on blogging.) In the meantime, I decided to give the 64-bit world a whirl, as we’re evaluating moving to Exchange 2k7.
With my box racked up and plugged in, I grabbed the ISO for CentOS 5.1 and gave it a whirl. On a side note, it installed perfectly on a Dell PowerEdge 1950 w/ SAS disks in a RAID 5 array on a PERC5 card. In spite of some people having problems related to the RAID setup, mine went through flawlessly. (Apparently there is a known issue with multiple arrays on a single card and GRUB’s placement on the wrong array.)
After getting the OS up and running, I gave it a whirl using a FAQ I found at Nixcraft to install VMware server.
I did it once on a fully-updated install, complete with the updated kernel packages, and it bombed out. Going back, and using an updated kernel worked flawlessly. To sum up the process, here’s what to do:
- Install CentOS. Make sure you have your gcc packages installed (under the Development trees during setup).
- Grab the latest rpm from VMware and install:
# rpm -ivh VMware-server-<version>.rpm
- Install some more needed libraries:
yum install libXtst-devel libXrender-devel
- Install xinetd:
# yum install xinetd
- Run your config: