Monday, February 10, 2014

Installing VMware Tools on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

VMware tools is a very helpful item when used with the VMware Workstation as it increases performance and adds features not able to be done by default. This tutorial is based on vSphere 5.1 however it should translate to newer builds. The official documentation doesn't take into consideration if you are missing gcc or kernel-headers and I will go through how to install these and make the installation much easier.

Taken from the VMware Tools Documentation:

"With the VMware Tools SVGA driver installed, Workstation supports significantly faster graphics performance.

The VMware Tools package provides support required for shared folders and for drag and drop operations.
Other tools in the package support synchronization of time in the guest operating system with time on the host, automatic grabbing and releasing of the mouse cursor, copying and pasting between guest and host, and improved mouse performance in some guest operating systems."

Project: Installing VMware Tools (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS)
Difficulty: 1/10
Prior knowledge required: none - understanding of apt repositories suggested but not required.
Time: 10-20 minutes

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Reading (and understanding) my posts

While writing these blog posts (published and unpublished), I wanted to create a specific notation to simplify my posts.  The purpose of this specific blog post is to outline the notation so it may make sense to you. This is what I have used thus far, and if more is utilized in future posts this list will be updated with new information.

Installing and using Git on Ubuntu 12.04 from command line

Git is a version control system which can handle any sized project with speed and efficiency; I personally use it for all of my projects, most of which are private repository hosted with bitbucket. If you are unfamiliar with this type of version control system, go to git-scm and read all about Git.

Project: Installing Git from command line (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS)
Difficulty: 1/10
Prior knowledge required: none - understanding of apt repositories suggested but not required.
Time: 15-30 minutes

Saturday, May 11, 2013

apt-add-repository: command not found

When using PPA on your Linux server or computer and you need to use the "apt-add-repository" command, often times it does not come preinstalled with the command. To install the command, install the python-software-properties package. If this does not work, another recommended package is the software-properties-common package.

To install these packages use the below commands respectively.

 user@xynteq~$ sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
 user@xynteq~$ sudo apt-get install software-properties-common