Wednesday, December 24, 2008

VMware S2 Console Under Linux

I really don't like the Web UI on the VMware Server 2. What I really don't like is how poorly console access works from a Linux machine. What complicates matters further, is that the server is hosted on Linux! Luckily, the VM's can be made to use VNC... Just like KVM and Xen! Yeah.

To the VMX file add:
RemoteDisplay.vnc.enabled = "TRUE"
RemoteDisplay.vnc.port = "5910"
This will cause the console to listen as VNC connection 10.
(That's 5910 - 5900. Getit?)

Now issue:
vncviewer localhost:10 > /dev/null 2>&1 %
Now we have a detached viewer, with no need to launch a browser.

In my opinion, this product just transitioned from useless to viable.

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