racktables in a virtual machine

I wanted to download a virtual Appliance of racktables but couldn’t find one so this is how I quickly made one.

I downloaded this virtual appliance

Then I imported it into our ESX environment.

Then I started making a few changes.
First installed wget using

ap-get install wget


apt-get update


apt-get install php5-gd

# /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

To restart apache after the updates.
then to get the most current version


after uncompressing it like in these instructions.

mv RackTables-0.17.4 /var/www/html/racktables

Then install like documented above.


Why would you possibly need this?

Building a mostly remote camera system

My friend Mr.JMB put together this really neat camera system for monitoring remote work sites!

Here be the magic!

DimDim, really stupid name, really really cool product!

I have been on the lookout for an opensource webex\video confrencing tool and finally ran across DimDim. It is really slick!

I did an import of the virtual machine into our ESX environment (it complained about an error but appears to work). Then using the instructions here

I was able to give it a static address and was off an running!

Here is a copy of the post for my history


I’m trying to find something I can implement on my own servers.  Then I noticed they have a Vmware appliance version so I decided I would download it and give it a shot.

At first I can ping the vm from my laptop but not from another pc on my network .  So I need to troubleshoot the networking first by running ifconfig eth0 to see what the IP is.  I see it’s assigned

Going to try and manually set the IP

vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0








now press esc and :wq to save changes and quit

going to edit the hostname now

vi /etc/resolv.conf

next edit the gateway

vi /etc/sysconfig/network

and restart the network service

service network restart

Have to push the IP address to all the settings within Dimdim

cd /usr/local/dimdim
./ 80

When I tried to login to all I’m getting is a little cherry icon in the top left hand corner.  After searching the blogs I found a fix

I had to edit this file


and add this to the end of it

# Added by Stephan for…p?t=560&page=2

Just as a note here I had to change my port # to 8080 because my ISP at home blocks access to port 80. I also had to NAT port 8080 and 1935 on my firewall to allow it to work from the outside.