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The only thing i found is that you need esx3.5 u4 to support sles11
See the guest os compatibility guide.
After playing some more with the tools installer, I see now that you're right
ESX 3.5 + SLES11SP1 = no problems
ESX 3.5 + SLES11SP2 = can not be installed
ESXi5 GA (build 469512) + SLES11SP2 = it may be installed, but in the most cases, it fails
ESXi5 with updates (build 515841) + SLES11 SP2 = no problems
So the problem is not simply in SUSE's devision to replace the kernel and the tools-installer being dumb not to find the header files, but in the kernel being at version 3.0 etc... If even the tools from ESXi5 GA can't be installed (there is a problem when compiling the vsock.h) and updated tools are neccessary, then we can't expect the 3.5 tools to install.
Anyway, we're moving away from these servers so ESX 3.5 will be replaced soon. Thanks for your reply.
Encontro-me ausente até 20/03/2012.
Hi there all.
What also can help is to check if there are any Open VMware tools installed by default.
I did de-install them and then installing the (ESX) Vmware-tools without any problem.