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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

http://virtualappliances.net/products/lamp.php

Then I imported it into our ESX environment.

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

ap-get install wget

then

apt-get update

then

apt-get install php5-gd

# /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

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

wget http://racktables.org/files/RackTables-0.17.4.tar.gz

after uncompressing it like in these instructions.

http://racktables.org/trac/wiki/RackTablesInstallHowto

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

Then install like documented above.

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Why would you possibly need this?

http://www.iphone-ipod.org/parasync-20-unit-dock-for-ipod-iphone/

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! http://jmbs.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/hello-world/

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! http://www.dimdim.com/

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

http://www.n2networksolutions.com/blog/?tag=dimdim

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

Here is a copy of the post for my history

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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 192.168.2.113.

Going to try and manually set the IP

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

DEVICE=eth0

ONBOOT=yes

BOOTPROTO=none

BROADCAST=192.168.2.255

IPADDR=192.168.2.3

NETMASK=255.255.255.0

NETWORK=192.168.2.0

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
./StopDimdim.sh
./Config-ipaddress.pl 192.168.2.3 80 192.168.2.3
./StartDimdim.sh

When I tried to login to http://192.168.2.3/dimdim 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

/usr/local/dimdim/ConferenceServer/apache-tomcat-5.5.17/conf/wrapper.conf

and add this to the end of it

# Added by Stephan for http://forums.dimdim.com/forum/showt…p?t=560&page=2
wrapper.cpu.timeout=maximum
wrapper.debug=true
wrapper.ping.timeout=1000

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.