Today I needed a windoze box to run a vSphere client, ESX had filled up it’s disk. Shocker, I know… So I thought what the hell and signed up for the 7 day free trial of Horizon. The plan was to install putty and the vSphere client. Once installed I could create SSH tunnels with local port forwards for vSphere into the Colo. Seconds later I had the email congratulating me on signing up. Cool right? ehhh no. I logged into the site, it told me I needed a client. I clicked the link to download the IPoPC client, seconds later synaptic told me no dice (could not find vmware-client-viewer). Update your links devs! OK so I went to apt-cache.
apt-cache search vmware-view-client – returned nil
What the hell? I tried again, you know because developers (especially in *nix) have a hard time keeping names straight.
apt-cache search vmware-view
vmware-view-open-client – VMware View Open Client
Booyah! apt-get also installed libboost-signals1.53.
So now I have my client, go to the site and both chrome and firefox have a problem with the URL. Essentially I grabbed what it spit into firefox and plug it into the client manually, just needed to remove vmware-view://. So now that I am logged in all I could really do was open Skype and Office apps, oh and you can go to a handful of sites. I tried downloading putty, negative! What a waste of time. Is it possible to have them compensate me for the hoops I jumped through for the free trial and it being worthless? lamers!
So whatever, I went CLI on it. Took me 5 minutes to figure out the commands I needed at VMware’s CLI, took VMware 6 hours to delete 400GB of delta.vmdk’s. Lame! Next project, migrate VMware to KVM.