Sunday, February 21, 2010

Getting Juniper Networks NetConnect to work in Linux with Firefox

To get Netconnect to work.

First I installed the Java Plugin, which in my version of Ubuntu was fairly easy once I figured out that just installing Java was not enough. I also had to install the plugin for Firefox using the Synaptic Package Manager sun-java6-plugin.

Make sure you restart Firefox, and check that the plugin was installed by going to about:plugins

When you go through the VPN site, and Netconnect wants to start, I had to change the default password for root because that is the password it wanted --- could not sudo and do it, it wants only root password which in Ubuntu is set as a random hash by default.

Once I did that, it all worked and I successfully.


Install VMWare Workstation in Ubuntu

To install VMWare Workstation in Ubuntu 9.10, download it from VMWARE, you will need a license key, it is not free.

1. Once you downloaded it, put it on the the desktop.
2. Start a terminal session by going to Applications, Accessories, Terminal.
3. cd over to the Desktop - usually you start at your home folder, so cd Desktop.
4. run the following command (without quotes) "sudo sh VMware-Workstation-Full-7.0.1-227600.i386.bundle"
5. Run the install wizard as you normally would.

Happy VMing


Friday, February 19, 2010

Major beef with VMWARE

Anybody who knows me knows that I am pretty much a VMWare bigot. Well, here is a major beef I have with VMWare: VMWare uses a version of Linux for their service console - well, why then do they not supply VI clients for Linux? And not only that, but looks like they are only going to provide Windows based development in the future. Now they have Linux Workstation, and Converter for Linux, so it does not make sense not to provide VI Client for Linux. Real dumb I think since a lot of VMWARE users are Linux/Unix people.

So from my Linux Install, I have to run VMWARE Workstation for Linux with an XP Virtual Machine, so I can run VI Client to manage my ESXi server!

Dumb, dumb, dumb. Oh, yeah, dumb.