Vmware requieres some crowbar work before functioning properly on slx2.0 so if you can you might want to use qemu instead.

pxebooting vmware

if you want to use vmware to test debian-edu youll face an issue where you can't pxeboot the client. the reson beeing that the default initrd dont have vmware's network interface kernel module.

how to add a module

to recreate the the initrd with the modue for vmware included, you must

  1. add the module name pcnet32 to the line saying nic_modules= in the file `/opt/ltsp/i386/etc/lessdisks/mkinitrd/initrd-netboot.conf

  2. chroot /opt/ltsp/i386 mount /proc
    • /!\ without this youll have a broken initrd

  3. chroot /opt/ltsp/i386 dpkg-reconfigure kernel-image-2.4.27-2-386
  4. test if you got the module into the initrd with grep pcnet32 /opt/ltsp/i386/boot/initrd.img-2.4.27-2-386

    • should reply that binary file.... matches.
  5. cp /opt/ltsp/i386/boot/initrd.img-2.4.27-2-386 /var/lib/tftpboot/ltsp/initrd.img-2.4.27-2-386
    • /!\ This overwrites your old initrd. backup is your own responsibility.

  6. boot the client.