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26 Apr 2012 Manual download and install of VMware Tools in linux

This post describes how you can download and install the latest version of VMware Tools to a linux guest from a ESXi 5.0 host. You need SSH access rights to a VMware host to follow this guide.

  1. Allow SSH access to the VMware host you are about to access.
    • This can be done in the vSphere Client: Choose the VMware host you would like to access.
    • Go to the Configuration tab and select Security Profile under Software. Edit Services Properties and start the SSH daemon.
    • Verify that the firewall allows SSH traffic
  2. All the VMware Tools are located in the /vmimages/tools-isoimages/ folder on the host. Download the ISO-image with the tools you need
    • Issue this command from a machine that has access to the VMware host.
       sftp username@vmhost.tld:/vmimages/tools-isoimages/linux.iso

      Type in your password and the download will start

  3. Mount the ISO-file and copy the VMware Tools installer file to the desired VMware linux guest using SSH
    • # mount linux.iso /media/cdrom/ -t iso9660 -o loop
      # scp /media/cdrom/VMwareTools-8.6.5-652272.tar.gz username@vmguest.tld:
  4. Manual install of VMware Tools on a vmguest as a privileged user
    • # tar xfz VMwareTools-8.6.5-652272.tar.gz
      # cd vmware-tools-distrib
      # ./

      Follow the instructions and finish the installer. A reboot may be required to load the necessary kernel modules.

Your VMware Tools are now installed and should work as it would on a normal VMware Tools installation.

This procedure can also be used on other operating systems. This is a list of all the VMware Tools ISO-images available in the /vmimages/tools-isoimages/ folder on a ESXi 5.0 host

sftp> ls -l
-rwx------    1 root     root     12576768 Apr 13 09:17 darwin.iso
-rwx------    1 root     root          256 Apr 13 09:17 darwin.iso.sig
-rwx------    1 root     root     16021504 Apr 13 09:16 freebsd.iso
-rwx------    1 root     root          256 Apr 13 09:18 freebsd.iso.sig
-rwx------    1 root     root     65200128 Apr 13 09:15 linux.iso
-rwx------    1 root     root          256 Apr 13 09:17 linux.iso.sig
-rwx------    1 root     root         1738 Apr 13 09:17 linux_avr_manifest.txt
-rwx------    1 root     root       540672 Apr 13 09:17 netware.iso
-rwx------    1 root     root          256 Apr 13 09:16 netware.iso.sig
-rwx------    1 root     root     13006848 Apr 13 09:17 solaris.iso
-rwx------    1 root     root          256 Apr 13 09:16 solaris.iso.sig
-rwx------    1 root     root          451 Apr 13 09:17
-rwx------    1 root     root     13664256 Apr 13 09:18 winPre2k.iso
-rwx------    1 root     root          256 Apr 13 09:17 winPre2k.iso.sig
-rwx------    1 root     root           49 Apr 13 09:18 winPre2k_avr_manifest.txt
-rwx------    1 root     root     62128128 Apr 13 09:17 windows.iso
-rwx------    1 root     root          256 Apr 13 09:18 windows.iso.sig
-rwx------    1 root     root         1069 Apr 13 09:17 windows_avr_manifest.txt

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29 Mar 2012 Import a VHD disk image file from XenApp 6 to VMware vSphere 5

This post describes how you can import a VHD disk image file from XenApp 6 to your VMware vSphere 5 environment in a few simple steps. I am writing this because VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client version 4.3 does not support conversion of VHD image files, even though it has done so in previous versions. I guess this procedure can be used on VHD files in general, but I have not tried it.

  1. Download and install StarWind V2V Image Convertor to convert the VHD image to a VMDK. V2V Image Convertor is free Windows software, but requires you to register before download
  2. Start the program and choose the virtual disk you would like to convert, in my case a VHD-file
  3. Next you need to decide the destination image format you would like to convert to, I choosed VMware ESX server imageStarWind Image Converter Destination Image format
  4. Select the destination for your new VMDK image file and start the conversion. This can take a while depending on the disk size
  5. When the conversien has finished createing two .vmdk files, copy them to your VMware storage.
  6. Open vSphere Client and create a new Virtual Machine with the configuration you desire in your VMware environment. Create it with a Hard disk. Do not power on this machine
  7. On the VMware file storage locate the new virtual machine folder and replace the converted-vhd-image-file-flat.vmdk file with the one already in there
  8. Netxt we need to edit the hard disk meta fila and copy the
    # Extent description
    RW 102400000 VMFS "converted-vhd-image-file.vmdk"

    value from the converted meta file converted-vhd-image-file.vmdk to the one VMware created to the new virtual machine

  9. You are now ready to power up your converted VHD to VMDK image file in a VMware virtual machine with hardware version 8

The full listing of my working converted-vhd-image-file.vmdk file is like this

# Disk DescriptorFile

# Extent description
RW 102400000 VMFS "converted-vhd-image-file-flat.vmdk"

# The Disk Data Base

ddb.virtualHWVersion = "8"
ddb.longContentID = "660f859cd36ce88e4fd6e0bcfffffffe"
ddb.uuid = "60 00 C2 9a c0 a3 63 b1-1f 85 fe 55 e8 1e 30 a5"
ddb.geometry.cylinders = "5221"
ddb.geometry.heads = "255"
ddb.geometry.sectors = "63"
ddb.thinProvisioned = "1"
ddb.adapterType = "lsilogic"

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