VMware Tools does not start after updating the kernel

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  • VMware Tools does not start after updating the kernel with boot log messages:

    Checking acpi hot plug                                  [  OK  ]
    Starting VMware Tools services in the virtual machine:
    Switching to guest configuration:                       [  OK  ]
    VM communication interface:                             [FAILED]
    VM communication interface socket family:               [FAILED]
    Guest operating system daemon:                          [  OK  ]
  • Vmware tools not running after kernel patches are installed

  • VMTool not working

  • After latest OS patchset installed VM coming up without NIC interfaces

  • After upgrading the kernel some of my devices no longer work


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 Virtual Machine
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 Virtual Machine
  • VMware ESX Hypervisor
  • VMWare provided vmware-tools package including guest modules for use within resident guests.

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