VMWare Hosted Server FAQS

 

Frequently Asked Questions about VMware hosts

 

Is the IP assigned to my server via DHCP?

How do I send a Ctrl+Alt+Del to the Virtual Console?

How do I install the Operating System on a virtual host?

How do I install applications on a virtual host?

I'm having trouble connecting the virtual CD/DVD drive to an .iso image.

How do I access the virtual machine to manage it?

I have a USB dongle for a licensed product. How do I use that on a virtual server when VMWare ESX doesn't support USB?

The SVGA driver from the VMWare Tools will not install for Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 guests.

Error 0x80040154 appears when you run the VMWare client.

Obtaining performance statistics for a virtual machine.

 

Q) Is the IP assigned to my server via DHCP?

A) IP addresses are statically assigned to virtual servers, so you will need to configure your server to use a static address using the information provided via email.

 

Q) How do I send a Ctrl+Alt+Del to the Virtual Console?

A) From the Virtual Console, click on the VM menu.  There's a menu entry called "Send Ctrl+Alt+Del".

    If you're connected using Microsoft's Remote Desktop, the key combination is "Ctrl+Alt+Insert".

 

 

 

 

Q)  How do I install the Operating System on a virtual host?

A)  Please see our "Installing an Operating System" documentation. In general, you'd normally map a cd or dvd located in your local workstation's drive, or an .iso image located on your local hard drive to the virtual cd-rom on the virtual machine, boot to the virtual cd/dvd drive, and install as normal.

 

Q) How do I install applications on a virtual host?

A) There are several methods available to install applications on a virtualized server:

 

      a) Through a Microsoft Remote Desktop connection, you can share drives (including the cd/dvd-rom drive) on your local machine across the network.

      b) The Console in the Virtual Infrastructure client has a "Connect CD/DVD" button at the top that can be used to map the virtual cd/dvd drive on the virtual server to either the local cd/dvd drive on your machine, or to an .iso image.

 

 

 

      c) Some applications can be copied to a directory on the virtual server and installed from that location.

 

Q)  I'm having trouble connecting the virtual CD/DVD drive to an .iso image.

A) The ESX virtual CD/DVD connector sometimes has trouble with long file names. Try renaming the .iso file to a shorter file name.

 

Q) How do I access the virtual machine to manage it?

A) In addition to accessing the machine in the usual remote methods (Remote Desktop Protocol for Windows hosts, SSH for Unix hosts, etc), you can also access the virtual server via the VMWare Virtual Infrastructure client.  This client can be downloaded from : http://open-systems.ufl.edu/content/accessing-vmware5-management-server

Note for Windows 7 and Vista users:  You'll need to install the client as Administrator in order for some UI dlls to register properly.

The address to point the virtual client to is: https://cns-esx5mgt.ad.ufl.edu

Use your Gatorlink account and password to log in to the management server. You'll see your virtual server listed under the "Virtual machines" tab. Double click on it to get access to the controls for it.

see http://open-systems.ufl.edu/content/accessing-vmware-4-or-vmware-5-management-server-manage-your-virtual-machines  for more detailed information about how to connect.

The Virtual Infrastructure client allows you to mount floppies, cd's, dvds, and .iso images to virtual drives on the machine. It also allows provides tools to Power on or off, Reset, or Pause the virtual server.  You can also open a console to the virtual server and control it as if sitting in front of a local screen.

 

Q) I have a USB dongle for a licensed product. How do I use that on a virtual server when VMWare ESX doesn't support USB?

A) We are using a USB server to accomplish this. A USB server looks like a small ethernet switch/hub that typically has 4-5 usb ports on it and an ethernet port. You plug the usb fob into the USB server, then run a client on the server to connect the virtual USB port on the host to the USB fob on the USB server. We're currently using a Keyspan US-4A.

 

Q)  The SVGA driver from the VMWare Tools will not install for Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 guests.

A) VMWare currently recommends not installing the video drivers from the VMWare tools package. Please see kb article #1011709

 

Q) Error 0x80040154 appears when you run the client.

A) Windows 7 and Vista users need to install the client as Administrator in order for some of the client DLLs to register with Windows properly.  The easiest fix for this error is to reinstall the client as an Administrator.

 

Q) How do I view performance statistics for my virtual machine?

A) See http://open-systems.ufl.edu/node/1043