View Agent, what is installed?

16/07/2016

20160710-01

While (re)installing the VMware Horizon View Agent you can choose from many features. (De)Selecting a feature can have a big impact on the user experience (Once a customer was very upset when he found out that Client Drive Redirection was activated…).
After finishing the installation of the View Agent, there is no easy way to review the features installed (as far as I know). Luckily, the log files created during the installation provide a lot of information.

Location of the log files: C:\ProgramData\VMware\logs.
Search for the latest vmmsi.log, these come in the format: vmmsi.log_yyyymmdd_hhmmss.
Note, there are also log files starting with vminst.

Open the log file with your favorite editor.

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Install VMware Tools in CentOS 7

08/07/2016

20160708-01The VMware Tools are an essential part during the installation of a Virtual Machine. For many Operating Systems you can go the easy way and install the VMware Tools right from the vSphere Web Client. You will install the VMware Tools that comes bundled with vSphere ESXi.

BTW, Since September 2015, there is also a downloadable version of VMware Tools (versions 10.0, 10.0.5, 10.0.8 and 10.0.9). The Downloadable versions (should be seen as a Solution) support all version of ESXi from 5.0 and later, see VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes. See the release notes of the latest version.

So far so good, for Windows Operating Systems, the installation of the VMware Tools is a no brainer. For Linux operating systems, installation is more complicated, for most reasons because Linux Operation Systems do have multiple options to install software.

In my case, I usually work with CentOS (based on the sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL). CentOS uses RPM as a packet manager. Packet Managers do have many advantages while maintaining a Linux server. Unfortunately, the bundled version of the VMware Tools doesn’t come in .rpm format, but as an archive file in tar.gz format. Although installation of a .tar.gz is straightforward, it is not the way to go.

An alternative is using VMware’s OSP repository, see this nice post in case you want to know more. You can browse the OSP repository here. For CentOS, browse the corresponding RHEL version. You will also notice that there is no entry for RHEL7. Trying the RHEL6 version failed in my case.

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