Getting VMWare running under a 126.96.36.199.1 realtime kernel:
Ensure you have gcc and gcc-c++ installed.
Download VMWare player from VMWare’s site. I downloaded ‘VMware-player-2.0.2-59824.i386.rpm’.
From here download the patch http://rtr.ca/vmware-2.6.24/vmware-any-any-update115a.tgz
# yum install VMware-player-2.0.2-59824.i386.rpm
Extract the any-any patch and run it. It will prompt to run the configuration script. All the defaults worked for me and a link got created for vmplayer in the Applications->System Tools menu.
I was running the VM off an NTFS mount. To get it to allocate memory properly, I had to add this setting to the vmx file: