Tools

Raw Hard Disk (dd) Images As VMDK Virtual Disks

Written in Java and is designed to be OS independent. raw2vmdk creates an appropriately structured VMDK file that refers to the raw image, which can then be mounted by VMware.

It is extremely simple to use and provides the required results in seconds. This is a new tool, so if you have any feedback please do leave it in the comments below or contact the author directly.

You can download raw2vmdk here:  raw2vmdk-0.1.1.tar.gz

Full Project URL:  http://sourceforge.net/projects/raw2vmdk/files/

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HowTo: VMware Tools in Ubuntu 10

Again I am working on my server; a virtual machine powered by VMware.  I recalled that I did not have the tools installed; also the virtual server console gave me an additional reminder.  So I decided to install.

There are a few things to do before installing.  First we need to make sure our server (Ubuntu) has compiler tools installed.  Then we must mount the virtual cd containing the VMware drivers and software tools for Linux.  From the command line terminal (I recommend doing this from the local console) as the network tools will drop you from the SSH connection.

Steps

sudo aptitude install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
cp -a /media/cdrom/VMwareTools* /tmp/
cd /tmp/
tar -vxzf VMwareTools*.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib/
sudo ./vmware-install.pl

You will be asked a bunch of questions; I personal just accept the defaults and (press ENTER) to each one of them.  When completed, I reboot my server and that is it.  Tools are installed.

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