Linux Desktop



  • I have to setup a Linux desktop in one of our data center to access the VMWare vsphere console. We currently have OpenVPN and use our local browser to connect to vsphere but some times managing its through that seems to be very slow.

    Thought of setting up a small Linux desktop, so that we can connect to that and manage the vsphere from there. Thinking of installing centos desktop with chrome on it. Suggestions please



  • Isn't vSphere web based now? If you're already VPNing into your environment, can't you just open the webpage on your machine?



  • @Dashrender said in Linux Desktop:

    Isn't vSphere web based now? If you're already VPNing into your environment, can't you just open the webpage on your machine?

    That's where I am confused 🙂



  • @Dashrender said in Linux Desktop:

    Isn't vSphere web based now? If you're already VPNing into your environment, can't you just open the webpage on your machine?

    This is how i work now but it is way too slow. Raised this with the support guys and they mentioned they are waiting for a new release which is html5 based and that should solve the lag. Currently its flash based i believe. The desktop client has less features compared to the web client. So thought of accessing the web console via a local desktop within the network and i could do it faster



  • @Ambarishrh said in Linux Desktop:

    @Dashrender said in Linux Desktop:

    Isn't vSphere web based now? If you're already VPNing into your environment, can't you just open the webpage on your machine?

    This is how i work now but it is way too slow. Raised this with the support guys and they mentioned they are waiting for a new release which is html5 based and that should solve the lag. Currently its flash based i believe. The desktop client has less features compared to the web client. So thought of accessing the web console via a local desktop within the network and i could do it faster

    So are you accessing the web client or the Windows install client when you are remote - you kinda of mentioned both.



  • I try both, whatever works at that time, i use. As mentioned for a basic new VM i can use the desktop client, but more features are available only on the web.

    My intention as mentioned is to get a light weight linux desktop vm created in that Datacenter which can be accessed via the VPN and all vsphere operations are done from that linux desktop chrome browser. Hoping to get a decent experience with this.



  • Spin up a <<INSERT YOUR FASVORITE DISTRO HERE>> VM and install X2Go?

    Mint 18 is pretty easy to get this set up and working on.



  • @dafyre said in Linux Desktop:

    Spin up a <<INSERT YOUR FASVORITE DISTRO HERE>> VM and install X2Go?

    Mint 18 is pretty easy to get this set up and working on.

    Yes, my actual request was on the suggestions on the distro 🙂 I wanted something light weight and just chrome installed.





  • @Ambarishrh said in Linux Desktop:

    @dafyre said in Linux Desktop:

    Spin up a <<INSERT YOUR FASVORITE DISTRO HERE>> VM and install X2Go?

    Mint 18 is pretty easy to get this set up and working on.

    Yes, my actual request was on the suggestions on the distro 🙂 I wanted something light weight and just chrome installed.

    You have my Answer. 🙂 Mint 18... get the Mate version.



  • @dafyre said in Linux Desktop:

    Spin up a <<INSERT YOUR FASVORITE DISTRO HERE>> VM and install X2Go?

    Mint 18 is pretty easy to get this set up and working on.

    I use this for a remote site, and I let mint start from the iso every time. It's like a mini-VDI! However, I am able to connect to that site directly through the classic vcenter client (the 'dot-net client), and I only use the mint vm to test things like internal to external routing, web interface tools that are internal only, or similar things, and all done through the console function of the vsphere client.



  • @Grey said in Linux Desktop:

    The html5 release is already out. https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vsphere-html5-web-client

    Just in time, got an update from the support team.

    Performance is in already in 6.5 (html5 vs flash), but we've seen a bug that cause the entire cluster to hard crash at the same time. Vmware engineering is telling us that bug is due to be fixed in Q2, so once that is done we'll be looking at upgrading clients.

    So till Q2 i need to use something else.



  • @Grey said in Linux Desktop:

    @dafyre said in Linux Desktop:

    Spin up a <<INSERT YOUR FASVORITE DISTRO HERE>> VM and install X2Go?

    Mint 18 is pretty easy to get this set up and working on.

    I use this for a remote site, and I let mint start from the iso every time. It's like a mini-VDI!

    You mean using the live cd?



  • @Ambarishrh said in Linux Desktop:

    @Grey said in Linux Desktop:

    @dafyre said in Linux Desktop:

    Spin up a <<INSERT YOUR FASVORITE DISTRO HERE>> VM and install X2Go?

    Mint 18 is pretty easy to get this set up and working on.

    I use this for a remote site, and I let mint start from the iso every time. It's like a mini-VDI!

    You mean using the live cd?

    yes.
    but that's just how Linux Mint works. You boot from the live CD and inside you choose to install to local disk if you want.



  • @Ambarishrh said in Linux Desktop:

    @Grey said in Linux Desktop:

    @dafyre said in Linux Desktop:

    Spin up a <<INSERT YOUR FASVORITE DISTRO HERE>> VM and install X2Go?

    Mint 18 is pretty easy to get this set up and working on.

    I use this for a remote site, and I let mint start from the iso every time. It's like a mini-VDI!

    You mean using the live cd?

    Yep.



  • @Dashrender said in Linux Desktop:

    @Ambarishrh said in Linux Desktop:

    @Grey said in Linux Desktop:

    @dafyre said in Linux Desktop:

    Spin up a <<INSERT YOUR FASVORITE DISTRO HERE>> VM and install X2Go?

    Mint 18 is pretty easy to get this set up and working on.

    I use this for a remote site, and I let mint start from the iso every time. It's like a mini-VDI!

    You mean using the live cd?

    yes.
    but that's just how Linux Mint works. You boot from the live CD and inside you choose to install to local disk if you want.

    Exactly, and I just don't install. I don't even have a 'disk' assigned to that VM; just a CD.



  • @dafyre said in Linux Desktop:

    @Ambarishrh said in Linux Desktop:

    @dafyre said in Linux Desktop:

    Spin up a <<INSERT YOUR FASVORITE DISTRO HERE>> VM and install X2Go?

    Mint 18 is pretty easy to get this set up and working on.

    Yes, my actual request was on the suggestions on the distro 🙂 I wanted something light weight and just chrome installed.

    You have my Answer. 🙂 Mint 18... get the Mate version.

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  • @Grey Gotta catch me first. And I got cat-like reflexes! *turns and runs straight into a wall*


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