Sebastian Mogilowskis Blog

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Install VMware Tools on Debian Squeeze

1. Install required packages aptitude install autoconf automake binutils cpp gcc linux-headers-$(uname -r) make psmisc 2. Mount VMware Tools mkdir /tmp/vmtools mount /dev/cdrom /tmp/vmtools 3. Unzip the tools tar -C /tmp -vfx /tmp/vmtools/VMwareTools*.tar.gz 4. Run install script cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib ./ Note: You can also use the “open-vm-tools” instead of installing the VMware Tools. aptitude install […]

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VMWare Open Virtualization Format Tool

Command line utility that supports import and export of OVF packages. Download Download VMWare Open Virtualization Format Tool here: You can download this tool for Windows (64-Bit or 32-Bit), Linux (64-Bit or 32-Bit) and Mac OSX. Install chmod +x ./ Convert OVF to VMX /opt/vmware/ovftool/ovftool /path/to/vm.ovf /path/to/vm.vmx Convert VMX to OVF /opt/vmware/ovftool/ovftool /path/to/vm.vmx […]

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How to Use VNC to access VMware Servers

Edit the “.vmx” file of your virtual machine and add this lines: RemoteDisplay.vnc.enabled = “TRUE” RemoteDisplay.vnc.port = “5900” RemoteDisplay.vnc.password = “YOUR_PASSWORD” Note: Use a different port for each virtual machine. Links: *

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VMware Server 2, Proxysvc SSL Handshake problems

Get this server in /var/log/vmware/hostd.log if you want to connect to your VMWare Server ? Proxysvc SSL Handshake on client connection failed: SSL Exception Open about:config in Firefox and change security.enable.ssl2 from false into true In some cases you have to kill the vmware-hostd process and restart the management deamon: /etc/init.d/vmware-mgmt restart Links * […]

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VMWare Server 2 – Unable to build the vsock module

Just a quick Post, the solution for the “Unable to build the vsock module” error message if you install VMWare Server 2 on Debian or Ubuntu: tar xvf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vsock.tar cd vsock-only sed -i ‘s/^\#include //’ autoconf/*.c make cp vsock.o /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/misc ln -s vsock.o /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/misc/vsock.ko depmod -a invoke-rc.d vmware restart

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VMWare Workstation / Player Installer 6.5.3 Hangs

The installer of VMWare Workstation (and Player) hangs on Ubuntu Karmic 9.10. “Cause: the installer runs vmware-modconfig-console which produces enough output with some kernels that the python engine deadlocks is command piplining during the compile.” You need 2 consoles. In the first one type: sudo -i while true; do killall -9 vmware-modconfig-console; sleep 1; done […]

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VMWare Server 2 – RuntimeFault: Database temporarily unavailable or has network problems

If you add a new User (New Permission) to the VMWare Server 2 via the VMware Infrastructure Web Access you may get the message “The server response included one or more errors” with the details “RuntimeFault: Database temporarily unavailable or has network problems”. To fix this you first have to stop the VMWare management service: […]


VMWare Infrastructure Client with VMWare Server

I had a lot of problems with the new webinterface of VMWare Server 2. The interface is very unstable and not very comfortable for the VMWare configuration. I need an alternative for the browser application. The new VMWare Server 2 is very simular to the ESXi or ESX Server from VMWare so you can use […]

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VMWare Server 1.0.5 – Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04

The VMWare server is not available over the paketmanager in Ubuntu 8.04. You have to do a manual installation. First you have to download the server from the VMWare website and the (version 1.1.6) which you have to extract into the vmware-server-distrib folder (extracted VMWare server). Befor you can start the VMWare installer, you have […]

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