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Install vmwaretools on SLES 11

This is a short step by step to install the vmware tools on SLES 11

Install gcc compiler

yast2 -i gcc

Install kernel headers

yast2 -i kernel-source

Mount the cdrom drive.
(In the vmware client select the virtual machine, select guest and select install vmware tools)

Make sure you have mounted the VMware tools virtual cd from the host before moving on.

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/

Extract VMware tools to the tmp directory:

tar -C /tmp -zxvf /mnt/VMwareTools-x.x.x.tar.gz

Unmount the virtual cd:

umount /mnt

Make sure you run the following command from the Console, don’t try to run it using SSH because the network will be restarted and the installation will fail.

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
./vmware-install.pl

Accept the defaults for every question. Make sure you’re located inside the vmware-tools-distrib folder when executing the vmware-install.pl script or the installation will fail.

If during the setup you didn’t let the vmware-config-tools script run, run it:

/usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl

To finish the installation and start the virtual machine with VMware tools installed, reboot the virtual machine:

reboot

Install vmware tools on debian 6 (lenny)

Install kernel headers and some tools used to install VMware tools:

apt-get install binutils cpp gcc make psmisc linux-headers-$(uname -r) libglib2.0-0

Mount the cdrom drive. Make sure you have mounted the VMware tools virtual cd from the host before moving on.

mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/

Extract VMware tools to the tmp directory:

tar -C /tmp -zxvf /mnt/VMwareTools-x.x.x.tar.gz

Unmount the virtual cd:

umount /mnt

Make sure you run the following command from the Console, don’t try to run it using SSH because the network will be restarted and the installation will fail.

cd /tmp/vmware-tools-distrib
./vmware-install.pl

Accept the defaults for every question. Make sure you’re located inside the vmware-tools-distrib folder when executing the vmware-install.pl script or the installation will fail.

If during the setup you didn’t let the vmware-config-tools script run, run it:

/usr/bin/vmware-config-tools.pl

To finish the installation and start the virtual machine with VMware tools installed, reboot the virtual machine:

reboot

VMware vSphere 5.0 Product Documentation

New Features and Release Notes

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.0
VMware vSphere 5.0 Release Notes


Compatibility and Configuration Limits

Hardware, Host, and Guest Operating System Compatibility Guides
VMware Product Interoperability Matrix
Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 5.0

ESXi and vCenter Server Product Documentation

VMware vSphere Basics Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Installation and Setup Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Upgrade Guide html pdf epub mobi
vCenter Server and Host Management Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Host Profiles Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Networking Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Storage Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Security Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Resource Management Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Availability Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Monitoring and Performance Guide html pdf epub mobi
vSphere Troubleshooting html pdf epub mobi
VMware vSphere Examples and Scenarios Guide html pdf epub mobi

Command-Line Product Documentation

Getting Started with vSphere Command-Line Interfaces Guide html pdf
vSphere Command-Line Interface Concepts and Examples html pdf
vSphere PowerCLI User’s Guide html pdf
VMware vSphere Update Manager PowerCLI Installation and Administration Guide html pdf
vSphere Management Assistant Guide html pdf

VMware vSphere 5.0 Downloadable

VMware vSphere 5.0 is there. You can download the Software using the links below

VMware ESXi 5.0 (Build 469512)
VMware vCenter 5.0
(Build 456005)
VMware Data Recovery 2.0
(Build 433157)
vSphere Storage Appliance 1.0
VMware vShield Zones for vSphere 5 (Build 216288)

A key for the ESXi 5.0 Free version can be obtained here

All about how to upgrade your licenses can be found here

vSphere Client performs slowly on a Windows 7 system

You can run into the following problems when running VMware vSphere client 4.x on a Windows 7:

  • Redraws are visibly noticeable, especially when maximizing the VMware vSphere Client 4.x
  • The performance of the vSphere Client is slow

Well the problem is the desktop composition, short aero from Windows 7

Desktop composition is also known as Aero. It can either be disabled globally or on a program by program basis. Having it disabled while running such things as 3D games may provide a performance bump.

You can resolve the problem by disabling the aero, if you like the aero you can just disable it when running the VMware client. This can be done by following the next steps:

  1. Right-click the shortcut for the VMware vSphere Client and click Properties.
  2. Click the Compatibility tab.
  3. Select the “Disable desktop composition” option
  4. Click Ok

When you open the VMware vSphere client now you will see that the aero will be disabled and the vSphere client will preform normally.

Desktop composition is also known as Aero. It can either be disabled globally or on a program by program basis. Having it disabled while running such things as 3D games may provide a performance bump.

Slow mouse movement in a Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 VM on ESX/ESXi 4.x

When you install a Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 on a vmware esx/esxi 4.x host you will notice that the mouse movement is slower then on a Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 hosted on a vmware esx/esxi 4.x hypervisor.

You can solve this problem by going threw the following steps: Continue reading

vCenter disconnect Idle connections

In the previous post I introduced you guys to basic PowerCli

Well Today I’ve got a practical example script.
Over the last few weeks we had a lot of open sessions on our vCenter server.
This from people leaving there client open and never closing them (retards, sorry for the language).
This generated some idle sessions from a few hours to a few days :-S

This got so on my nerves that I wanted a solution for this, unfortunately vmWare did not implement the feature to disconnect idle session after a specific time in the Client or vCenter settings.

So time to build a script Continue reading

Powercli small introduction

Ever needed to do some bulk operation in you’re vmware virtual environment ?
Or just needed information of a bunch of virtual machines ?

Then you probably had a lot of manual labor to do in the vShere client.
Well vmware came with  a solution:

The program is called VMware vSphere PowerCLI and more information can be found here.

A short discription in the words of vmWare:

VMware vSphere PowerCLI provides a Windows PowerShell interface to the vSphere API. vSphere PowerCLI includes PowerShell Cmdlets (pronounced, “command-lets”) for administering vSphere components. In addition, the vSphere PowerCLI package includes the vSphere SDK for .NET for developers who want to create their own applications.

Let’s get started implementing and using the PowerCli

Continue reading

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