Already installed VMware Workstation 9 on my Linux CentOS 6.5 Final with 3.10.40-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64 running kernel. When I open VMware Workstation, it asks me to locate the Kernel Headers 3.10.40-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.

THESE MESSAGE: I get on the internet, my kernel version is different of that message says. Outside, it is all the same.


I've tried to download the ELRepo Headers (lt-kernel-headers-3.10.40-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64.rpm), unzip and put in the way of VMware, however it does not recognize. Apparently I must be doing something wrong. What do I actually download, install and which path should point to the VMware Kernel C Header configuration to work?

The official page of the ELRepo, he talks to use the original Kernel conferring with glibc, however, already tried using the original kernel as a way to configure the VMware Kernel Headers C and does not work because the name of the kernels do not match indeed.

I wonder what it is the Kernel Header?

  • I think kernel-devel package will solve this issue. Just a guess, never tried out VMWare products. – beginer Jul 26 '14 at 7:57
  • Tnx for ur help. But then I just downloaded and what path I should use after unzip it? – Thufir Hawat Jul 26 '14 at 16:28
  • I dont think you need to download the zip or tar file. Did you try with yum? I mean like this: yum install kernel-devel – beginer Jul 26 '14 at 17:18
  • tnx beginer, ur comment helped me. – Thufir Hawat Jul 28 '14 at 15:13


1-Downloaded the


from http://ftp.nluug.nl/os/Linux/distr/elrepo/archive/kernel/el6/x86_64/RPMS/

2-Installed (just executing the file)

3-Pointed de VMware configuration to


When the VMware start, another error appeared. Said that just cant load the module vmci of vmware.

4-So, compile the vmci module:

vmware-modconfig --console --build-mod vmci

5-install the module:

vmware-modconfig --console --install-pbm vmci


vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

next, I tested:

modprobe vmci


Just fine with my vmware running.



sudo yum install kernel-devel-3.10.40-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64

then run the VMware setup again


Follow the steps below:

uname -a

then use your version number you get from uname -a to install the correct kernel-devel i.e.

yum install kernel-devel-3.10.0-514.2.2.el7.x86_64

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