button-print-blu20 ZLB - Installing VMware Tools

Zen Load Balancer is a fantastic product with lots of potential and a small but focused team behind its design.

Unfortunately, when running this as a virtiual appliance under VMware, what you really need is VMware Tools installing.  A number of prerequisite modules are required before this can be done so here are the steps required:-

  •  Remember to take a VMware SnapShot (if possible) before you start – just in case.
  • Power up the virtual machine, log in to the CLI with ‘root’ and the password chosen during the install – alternatively use Putty to gain access to the CLI, this also allows you to copy and paste commands directly to the machine.
  • Linux console type the following

Issue the following command to get the OS up to date

apt-get update

apt-get upgrade -y

Followed by the installation of GCC (required by VMware Tools)

apt-get install make

apt-get install gcc

apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname    -r)


Now you can  install VMware tools..

On the VMconsole use: VM, Guest, Install/Upgrade VMware Tools (in interactive mode)

mount /dev/cdrom
you may need to check the version of the VMware Tools, if so do the next couple of commands to check the filename..
cd media/cdrom
you are looking for the file VMwareTools-a.b.c-xxxxx.tar.gz (eg. VMwareTools-8.3.7-43358.tar.gz)
cd /tmp
tar zxpf /media/cdrom/VMwareTools-8.3.7-433358.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib
The installation will take a couple of minutes to build the required modules, once complete I suggest you issue the reboot command to start clean.

If you have any errors during the installation, please follow this link.



3 thoughts on “ZLB – Installing VMware Tools

  1. Nick,

    just saw your post to the mailing list and thought I’d take a look. In your instructions above you say use:

    apt-get update

    you need to use “apt-get upgrade” as well to actually install any updates. I know most debian admins know this already but it might confuse users coming from RPM distros. Using:

    apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y –force-yes

    will do it all on one line and with no interaction, good for scripting.



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