Concorde installations – the virtual machine

01Mar07

OK, now the groundwork for a Ubuntu-based VMware system is done. Now we install the workhorse. So rather than creating a new Ubuntu 6.06 desktop virtual machine, VMware offers us a marketplace of free pre-configured “appliances”, where, of course, a Ubuntu 6.06 VM can be found…

Download and unzip it, copy it to the directory used for virtual machines (/var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines/).

Then open it in the VMware Server Console (Applications – System Tools – VMware Server Console). There you edit the machine and configure it to your needs. In our case, we add more RAM, add a processor and add a disk, because Lotus Domino will be asking for a bit (5 mail files and the directory which can become quite sizable when incl all the indexes.). Also we chose NAT which worked immediately, contrary to the bridge solution. Don’t know why, but NAT works and we don’t see any disadvantage using NAT.

Because we added a processor to the VM, it makes sense to install the ubuntu SMP Kernels (header & image) similarly to the host system. Another thing which quickly got our attention was the screensaver. Don’t want that on a server. Screen goes dark or stays active. And of course we immediately updated what was updateable.

Next is the installation / updating of the VMware tools in the VM / guest system. That is easy, again just follow the excellent “VMware tools” instructions of Ubuntu.com. Just remember to install the 686 SMP Kernels (in case you need/want them) before running the VMware Tools installation.

In order to use the added virtual disk we need to create a partition in our VM. An easy way is to install <gparted> via the Synaptic Package Manager. Here is a blog explaining the resizing of a partition using gparted. After the installation you can find gparted in the System – Administration menu as the Gnome Partition Manager.

Using the Disks tool (System – Administration – Disks), we create a new folder in the new partition called “local”. That’s where Domino likes to install all the “notesdata” files.

Again we installed FreeNX. Yes, VMware comes with remote access tools, but we like FreeNX, it works and we are familiar with it. (read post on Ubuntu FreeNX installation).

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