VMconverter Virtual Appliance

sam.aaron/ March 1, 2011/ Daily, ESX, P2V, Projects, VMware/ 0 comments

Last year, Duncan Epping made a post about building a VMConverter Virtual Appliance using suse studio. It was a complete walk-thru from beginning to end on how to build the virtual app. I built one and it worked flawlessly. I used that little booger to run numerous P2V (Physical to Virtual) and V2V (Virtual to Virtual) conversions. The unfortunate thing is that when I left my former employer, I didn’t keep the VM, and now I have a need to recreate it.

Well never fear…. I fired up Duncan’s page and figured I’d just redo this all over again. Well… a lot has changed in a year. 🙂
I’m going to borrow from Duncan’s page and show the changes that I ran into, and what I did to resolve those challenges.

  • Go to susestudio.com and open an account (Or you can log in with a google or facebook account)
  • Click “Create New Appliance”
  • Select “GNOME Desktop” and click “Create Appliance”
  • Change the name of the appliance to something that makes a bit more sense…
  • Under the “Software Tab,” add “File Roller”, “GCC”, and “libpng12-0”. These files are needed to install VMware tools and VMConverter.
  • Go to the “Configuration Tab” and click on “Appliance”
  • Increase the memory to 1024MB for a better running appliance
  • Download VMware Converter Standalone for Linux and add it as a file in the “Overlay Files” tab
  • When uploading is finished select a folder where the tar.gz file should be extracted, I picked “/vmconverter”
  • Click on the “Build” Tab, select “OVF” (for ESX environments) and wait for it to complete.

I found that if I chose (.vmdk) for the file format, that the file format was built for VMware Workstation and not the virtual infrastructure. I would then have to run vmconverter to import this new virtual app into my vCenter. Using the OVF format, I can just import it directly.

  • Once imported in vCenter, power up the new VM.
  • Install VMware Tools: Right click “VM” from the menu bar, and “Install/Upgrade VMware Tools”
  • Open a Gnome Terminal session within the VM and type:
  • *Stick to the defaults
  • Now install VMware Converter:
  • *Again, stick to the defaults.
  • You can add an icon to the desktop by right clicking the desktop and selecting “Create Launcher”
  • Select “/usr/bin/vmware-converter-client”
  • And add the correct icon! (/usr/share/icons/vmware-converter.png)

By default, the Video displays at “800×600”. That just doesn’t work for me. Here’s what I did to adjust the video settings to 1024×768.
Since Suse 11.3 doesn’t include SAX2 (which is what I used before to edit the resolution), I had to edit the monitor, screen and device sections from the appropriate files located in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d.

Here’s what my current files look like:


At this point, as Duncan said, “your appliance is good to go.” You can now assign it an IP and hostname and use it everywhere in your virtual infrastructure.

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