Installing VMware tools into Ubuntu Server via CLI

Create a directory to mount the cdrom

sudo mkdir /mnt/cdrom

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Now need to see where the cdrom is mapped to, so run:

lsblk

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Installing Kali 2.0 on Raspberry Pi 3 + NoMachine

I recently ordered a Raspberry Pi 3 (currently £30.80) with an SanDisk Ultra 8 GB microSDHC Card (Currently £4.35) with the intention of installing Kali 2.0.  For this setup i used my Windows 10 PC.

This post will cover setting up the SD Card and installing Kali

I downloaded the ARM Image from the Offensive Security Site, which comes down compressed.  I also downloaded Win32 Disk Imager and installed it.

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Running 3 external monitors with MacBook Pro Retina Mid 2015

I already had 2 external Monitors running from my MacBook by using 2 x miniDP to HDMI adapters.  I was using the fairly standard ones that come with the Mac but I have another Monitor which i used for my Lab PC (Windows) and Figured I could connect this to my Mac and run Microsoft Remote Desktop to connect to it, removing the extra Keyboard and mouse off my desk.

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Homelab Update

Homelab Page updated:

Originally I planed on using a  HP DL380 G5 and a few HP Microservers for my lab – but i changed my mind.. Instead I opted for a HP XW6600 Workstation: HP XW6600

I got this off Ebay for about £100 – this was fairly Barebones but had a Semi Decent Xeon Processor – E5440 @ 2.83GHz

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Reasons for the Workstation:

  • Supports Virtualization
  • Can take 32GB of RAM – See Update 2
  • Plenty of Space in the chassis for upgrades / expansion

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Installing Nested ESXi VM Tools

Ensure SSH / Port 22 is open and the Services are started as per previous post Enabling SSH

Download the relevant VIB File from the Flings Website here:

https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmware-tools-for-nested-esxi

Open up your SFTP / FTP Application; In my lab I am using WinSCP

Copy the VIB to a Datastore on the ESXi Server

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PuTTy onto the host and run:

esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/[DATASTORE]/esx-tools-for-esxi-9.7.1-0.0.00000.i386.vib -f

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After a short while you should receive the following Successful message:

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Summary – From the Official FLINGs Website: https://labs.vmware.com/flings

Note:  See Instructions tab for downloads.

This VIB package provides a VMware Tools service (vmtoolsd) for running inside a nested ESXi virtual machine. The following capabilities are exposed through VMware Tools:

    • Provides guest OS information of the nested ESXi Hypervisor (eg. IP address, configured hostname, etc.).
    • Allows the nested ESXi VM to be cleanly shut down or restarted when performing power operations with the vSphere Web/C# Client or vSphere APIs.
    • Executes scripts that help automate ESXi guest OS operations when the guest’s power state changes.
    • Supports the Guest Operations API (formally known as the VIX API).

VCSA – Failed to execute, during Setup Wizard

When running through the Setup Wizard in the vCenter Server Appliance  version 5.5

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you receive:

Failed to execute ‘/usr/sbin/vpxd_servicecfg ‘db’ write’…..

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This occurs for SSO and the Database Setup

Connect to the VCSA via Console and Stop the vmware.vpxd service

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Once this is down – go back to the GUI and re-run the Setup Wizard