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  • ESXi4: Linux Guest Without X (CLI), Do We Really Need to Install VMwareTools?

    Hi,

    I'm new to ESXi4. This is my 5 days of using ESXi4.

    I created a linux guest "Ubuntu Server 10.04.1 32-bit" to works as my email server platform.

    For a start, everything is working smooth and sound and the email server is working rock!

    Yesterday, I installed the "VMwareTools for Linux".

    Today, almost everyone inthe office complaining about the frequent disconnection to the email server and yet I could not trace any error / warning issues on my email server logs as well as the system logs from ESXi4.

    However, I noticed that after the installation of the tools, Warning message do occurred whenever the Ubuntu boot-up (pls see attached). But, after that, the boot is normal and everything running as usual and I guest the error is not serious, so I don't really bother.

    But with today experience, I wish to uninstall the "VMwareTools" now.

    So, wouldl ike to seek some advise from forumer is the "VMwareTools" really necessary in this environment - Without X, the GUI!

    Thanks.
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    Re: ESXi4: Linux Guest Without X (CLI), Do We Really Need to Install VMwareTools?

    I don't have VM tools installed on any of or linux guests.

    Not sure how oyu installed it but have you seen this article from VMware???

    http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/mic...rnalId=1018414

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    • #3
      Re: ESXi4: Linux Guest Without X (CLI), Do We Really Need to Install VMwareTools?

      Hi wullieb1,

      Thanks for the KB and yes, the KB described is exactly what I had gone through.

      BTW, since you do not install the tools into any Linux guest, what about those benefits like vNIC driver to run at 1Gbps, Paravirtual SCSI module, memory manager guest shutdown etc?

      Doesn't it really help?

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      • #4
        Re: ESXi4: Linux Guest Without X (CLI), Do We Really Need to Install VMwareTools?

        Originally posted by jslh View Post
        Hi wullieb1,

        Thanks for the KB and yes, the KB described is exactly what I had gone through.

        BTW, since you do not install the tools into any Linux guest, what about those benefits like vNIC driver to run at 1Gbps, Paravirtual SCSI module, memory manager guest shutdown etc?

        Doesn't it really help?
        Yes it does help but the server is used only for archival purposes and it not tilised or access very often.

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          Re: ESXi4: Linux Guest Without X (CLI), Do We Really Need to Install VMwareTools?

          I have personally run into issue of ESX hosts behaving strangely becuase not all the VM's had up to date tools installed - why would you not want to install the tools?

          I am not sure that your networking issues are conneted to the installation of VMware tools
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          • #6
            Re: ESXi4: Linux Guest Without X (CLI), Do We Really Need to Install VMwareTools?

            Hi all,


            This is my final report and the topic will be closed.


            Yes, indeed! After the removal of VMware Tools, users have no more complaint about the sluggishness response of the virtual server.


            Until now, everything is working fine!


            Well, Linux Guest which do not have x-windows environment really do not

            required the VMware Tools at all! J


            I would sincerely thanks that have help up on my issue.


            Really appreciate!

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            • #7
              Re: ESXi4: Linux Guest Without X (CLI), Do We Really Need to Install VMwareTools?

              Well yes it does for, for example memory management.
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