Connecting to guest's console

Unfortunately you must use the proprietary VMware Remote Console application to connect to the console of VMware guests. Even worse - this is only available via a horrible binary blob so, instead of taking the risk of installing this on a DICE Ubuntu machine, the application is installed on a manually installed Ubuntu VM, This VM is configured to accept DICE logins.

The following steps should give you access to a guest's console :-

  • ssh
    • This is a VM which has the VMware Remote Console application installed (this is installed using a horrible binary blob, so risky installing on managed Ubuntu machine)
  • google-chrome
  • choose Launch VSphere Client (HTML5)
  • username = ed\_uun_ - eg ed\ascobie
  • pass = your UoE AD password
    • Yes, I know - yuck
  • Menu / VMs and Templates
    • should find our hosts under either AT or KB in Informatics / vxrdppool
  • Select the VM guest you are working with
  • When installing a new machine - set the boot delay to 2s
    • Actions / Edit Settings / VM Options / Boot Options / Boot Delay = 2000ms
  • From Summary tab - Launch Remote Console (under tiny window)
  • Open xdg-open (can choose to always do this in future)
  • Connect Anyway - certs are broken
  • Should now see a console
  • Virtual Machine / Power / Power on

-- AlastairScobie - 11 Mar 2021

Topic revision: r3 - 26 Mar 2021 - 15:12:27 - AlastairScobie
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