CentOS + VirtualBox & kernel updates

I’ve had issues with kernel updates for a while on my CentOS 6 home server. It’s a problem that would come and go and I never put much time into figuring out why it was happening. As it turns out, the VirtualBox kernel drivers were to blame. With the vboxdrv service running, often times the kernel update process breaks when dracut attempts to build a new version of initramfs. The simple solution I stumbled on was to stop the vboxdrv service, run the update, then rebuild the vbox drivers and restart the service.  It’s a little clunky, but it works every time.

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About Clay

I'm a system administrator in beautiful Charleston, SC. I'm happily married to my wonderful wife Nan and we have a 4 year old daughter Lela. I'm a total geek. I got into electronics when I was around 9 or 10 and got hooked on computers shortly thereafter. I also love Sci-Fi, (not fantasy) particularly Star Trek. My favorite outdoor activities include rollerblading, biking and hiking.