Fedora 8 on VMware Fusion

This post is obsolete and screenshots have been removed.

Along with Ubuntu and Mandriva I recently installed a Fedora 8 virtual machine under VMware Fusion. I’m installing Fedora 8 on VMware Fusion 1.1 which is running on my 13″ MacBook.

The VMware Wizard runs just as it did for Ubuntu and Mandriva so you can see the screen shots in those posts. The only difference was in the choice of guest OS. I picked Redhat as the Linux to install since Fedora itself wasn’t a choice.

Once the Fedora 8 ISO image I was using booted the Fedora install kicked off. Unlike my previous installs I chose to install all the available options, which were: Office & Productivity, Software Development, and Web Server. The screen shots from the Fedora install are below. Click the thumbnail for the full size image.

Then I installed the VMware tools from the RPM package which generated a security warning,


After installing the software from the RPM package it’s necessary to configure the VMware Tools by running vmware-config-tools.pl as root. Like Mandriva, the configuration didn’t recognize the kernel. But this time when I said I wanted to build the kernel it let me. No doubt because I had installed the software development tools. When answering the questions in the script I accepted all the defaults and didn’t have a problem. At the end of the config script there are instructions on how to restart networking. The following commands need to be run from terminal before the network could be used:


/etc/init.d/network stop

rmmod pcnet32

rmmod vmxnet

modprobe vmxnet

/etc/init.d/network start

After this everything worked fine and the VMware tools could be invoked with the command /usr/bin/vmware-toolbox from terminal. Some options, such as shrinking a disk are only available when run a root.