Tag: Linux

Kali Linux Virtual Appliance OVA

This Kali Linux (Desktop) OVA was created in VMware Workstation using basic common sense. Kali is the default OS used for security and Penetration Testing. It contains many pre-configured packages specifically for security testing and network reconnaissance. Also, I have installed the open-vm-tools-desktop binary to make the screen run correctly in hypervisors like VMware Workstation.
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VMware Photon OS 3

Photon OS is VMware’s own version of Linux, optimized specifically to run as a VM. It is very RHEL-Like, so it will be a welcome improvement for VMware users who have been adapting to SUSE in recent years. I DO believe in working AS the root user (instead of all the ‘sudo’ garbage) but I DO NOT believe in allowing
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Ubuntu Desktop 18.04.2

This Ubuntu Desktop 18.04.2 OVA was created in VMware Workstation using basic common sense. It is as good or better than other desktop OS; far better than Windows 10 and every bit as aesthetically pleasing as an Apple OS – all without the frustration of having a vendor like Microsoft or Apple knowing “what’s best
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Ubuntu Server 18.04.2

This Ubuntu Server 18.04.2 OVA was created in VMware Workstation using basic common sense. I DO believe in working AS the root user (instead of all the ‘sudo’ garbage) but I DO NOT believe in allowing direct root access, so you’ll have to su. The username is: administrator The password for administrator is: P@ssw0rd SSH
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Scientific Linux 7 Desktop

A Scientific Linux 7 Desktop which has been packaged as a Virtual Appliance (OVA). Username is: administrator administrator password is: P@ssw0rd root password is: P@ssw0rd  (you can su -) THE VIRTUAL APPLIANCE (OVA) IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.

Upgrading to VCSA 6 fails

I began an upgrade of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 5.5 to 6 for a small (in VMware’s own terminology ‘Tiny’) vSphere environment of 3 hosts and about 30 VMs. I certainly didn’t anticipate any trouble beyond the usual hassles associated with upgrading an infrastructure-level service like vCenter. Unfortunately, carefully following VMware documented procedures
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Backing up and restoring the vCenter Server Appliance 6 database

One extremely important advantage of the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is its native PostgreSQL (vPostgres) database. With the embedded database and VCSA, it is now possible to support installations which scale to the maximum capability of vCenter, without additional Operating System or Database licensing costs. Incumbent with the use of VCSA, however, comes a
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