Monday, March 14, 2011

Error deploying Oracle Enterprise Linux using vCenter guest customizations

Do you perform your deployments using vCenter guest customizations?
Do you want to deploy your Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) templates with guest customizations, the same way you deploy RHEL and SUSE?

If you try, you’ll receive the following error message

Customization of the guest operating system ‘oracleLinux64Guest’ is not supported in this configuration. Microsoft Vista ™ and Linux guests with Logical Volume Manager are supported only for recent ESX host and VMware Tools versions. Refer to vCenter documentation for supported configurations.

Customization of the guest operating system ‘oracleLinux64Guest’ is not supported in this configuration. Microsoft Vista ™ and Linux guests with Logical Volume Manager are supported only for recent ESX host and VMware Tools versions. Refer to vCenter documentation for supported configurations.

Cause: Although the Oracle Enterprise Linux is supported as a guest within VMware, guest customizations aren’t supported.

Workaround: Pretend it’s a RHEL template: convert your Oracle Enterprise Linux template back to a virtual machine, change the VM OS type to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, mark it as a template and redeploy.

Lame VMware, lame!

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