Hosting rfactor2 using Wine on Linux VMs / VMware ESXi 6.5

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  1. hoover

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    Hi folks,

    I've finally managed to solve (or work around) some long standing crashing / lockup issues when hosting rf2 dedicated servers in a Linux VM running on a VMware 6.5 ESXi host.

    I looks like VMware's network driver (vmxnet3) is quite buggy, and I've reported the problem on the wine forum and also provided a link to the workaround here:

    https://forum.winehq.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=31300&p=118582#p118582

    The initial bug report can be found here:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1654319

    This also affects Debian9 systems apparently. Updating your ESXi host to 6.5U1 will supposedly also fix the issue.

    Meanwhile I've reverted back to winehq-stable (wine 3.0.3 I think) and everything appears to work fine.

    I hope this note will be useful to those folks running their dedicated servers on the Linux platform.

    All the best, Uwe
     
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    Thanks for the info, hoover! I'm going to give this a try hopefully some time over the weekend. I've been trying for the past week to run a server on a dual boot ubuntu studio/Windows 10 laptop (5 1/2 yrs old w/ethernet cable), which I started to try and run it on the ubuntu studio side and wound up disabling it through trial and error. Anyway, I can successfully run the server on the Windows 10 partition, except for it not being visible for anyone else (Maybe my firewall settings, not sure at the moment). But WOW, when I can connect to the server on my main Windows 10 PC, it's like a night and day difference from when I ran the server and client on the same machine.

    Scott
     
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    No worries Scott, please feel free to report your findings / experiences here. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Uwe
     
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    Hello Uwe, I have had no luck at installing Steam on another all Ubuntu Studio machine I have, but I haven't searched the internet for the answers about that either just yet (a fight for another day/week/month/year). I thought I would try and get a server up and running on one of the other Windows 10 machines around the house so that I have something to grade my progress in, but still am unable to get it visible to me and also on the "outside" of the house. I can get in the usually way with the modified shortcut routine on the main computer still though. Somehow I am missing a key element (Maybe firewall related again, but don't really think so, as I have been able to get through the ports okay, I think :confused: ). I have yet to come across a "central thread", ANYWHERE :( , that puts me on the right track totally, it's just bits and pieces here and there. Thank the Lord I have had a lot of patience through all of this, I have almost come to an end that I wish not to give up on. I really do enjoy rF2 when I get to race it. Oh well, tomorrow's a new day.

    Scott
     
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    Hello again Uwe! I was finally able to run servers on 3 out of 4 Windows 10 machines over the last week or so, but still wondering why I cannot run a server on one of the desktop Windows 10 machines. Anyway, I have found some forum threads that you have either started or replied on, and have once again started my "quest" to get an rF2 server working on one of my Ubuntu Studio machines without the help of Wine I think. Tonight I was finally able to get Steam installed on my wireless Ubuntu Studio desktop, which before tonight, it was not installing on this machine. So, I have a question for you. Can an rF2 server work on a linux/Ubuntu machine and NOT use Wine? My thought is that it would work with better performance possibly without the use of Wine. I need to do more research this week on how to install an rF2 server on a linux/Ubuntu system, or maybe I should give the Wine solution a try first. Do you know if I can possibly just copy and paste a server from one of the Windows 10 systems into the Wine -->C: "drive"? I'm at a loss at the moment, wondering how to use the Windows installation guide in Wine. Thanks for any help on this.

    Scott
     

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