Install VMware on OpenSuse

Note: You need the following packages from YaST installed:
kernel-source
gcc
gcc-c++
make
All these are available on the CD/DVD that you used to install your SUSE from

Installation
Change to root and then install the downloaded RPM:
$ su
Password:
# rpm -ivh VMware-workstation-5.5.0-16958.i386.rpm

Preparing… ########################################### [100%]
VMwareWorkstation ###################################### [100%]

Done. Now we will follow few extra steps, just to make sure that all is good (it might not be necessary)

Run these commands to make kernel source files usable so vmware-config.pl can compile the kernel modules.

# cd /usr/src/linux

# make mrproper
# make cloneconfig
# make modules_prepare

Configuring VMware
Now we run the following command to configure the VMware.
# vmware-config.pl

Answer all the question ask by the configuration tool.

Starting VMware services:
Virtual machine monitor done
Virtual ethernet done
Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 done
Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background) done
Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background) done
NAT service on /dev/vmnet8 done

The configuration of VMware Workstation 5.5.0 build-16958 for Linux for this
running kernel completed successfully.

You can now run VMware Workstation by invoking the following command:
“/usr/bin/vmware”.

Enjoy,
–the VMware team

That’s it. Now you will find VMware icon in your KDE/Gnome menu, or you can run it via CLI, as user, not root. Don’t forget to install the vmware-tools for your guest OS.

Mount and Access NTFS partition from Linux

There is a Linux-NTFS project. The goals of the project are to develop reliable and full feature access to NTFS by the Linux kernel driver, and by a user space filesystem (ntfsmount), and to provide a wide collection of NTFS utilities (ntfsprogs) and a developer’s library (libntfs) for other GPLed programs.

You can download Linux-NTFS drivers and utilities here
You can download RedHat or Fedora specific binary here

1) Select your Fedora Core Linux version and then download appropriate driver according to your kernel version. To find out your kernel version use following command: uname -a
2) Once downloaded driver use rpm command to install it: rpm -ihv kernel-ntfs*
3) Use fdisk -l command to find out name of NTFS partion: fdisk -l
4) Now to mount NTFS windows XP system partition use following command:
Note : Replace hdXY with you actual device
mkdir -p /mnt/c
mount -t ntfs /dev/hdXY /mnt/c
mount -t ntfs /dev/hdXY /mnt

Verify tape backup

Type the command to backup /home to /dev/st0 and to verify the archive after writing it /dev/st0.

# tar -cvpWlf /dev/st0 /home

c : create a new archive of /home
v : Verbose output
p : preserve permissions on files
W : attempt to verify the archive after writing it
l : stay in local file system when creating an archive
f : Specify /dev/st0 as tape device (file)
/dev/st0: Tape device name.
/home : Directory to backup

Accessing a Windows Partition from Linux

Tcp wrappers

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