We recently installed the iLO Amplifier Pack at work. HP ships this software as a way to easily manage their servers from a central location. The interface looks nice, however they really lock you out of the virtual machine and limit the command line. This presents a major annoyance because they decided to ship this OVA file without installing VMware tools or open-vm-tools.
I did a little digging around through the Veeam backup and discovered the virtual machine was running Debian 9.5. HP pretty much locks out the Administrator account by not assigning the user a shell and using ForceCommand within the sshd_config configuration.
I was able to install open-vm-tools by booting into the Debian Live CD and using change root to modify the virtual machine environment. We don’t have DHCP on the server network, so I had to set an IP address and DNS server. Make sure the live environment has access to the network before continuing.
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys sudo chroot /mnt nano /etc/apt/source.list apt update apt install open-vm-tools
I confirmed VMware tools was running after rebooting the machine.
I also discovered a couple other things that I will write another post about some day…
HP – In the meantime, please consider shipping this OVA file with open-vm-tools. It is pretty rare to run into a situation where it is not included.
6/13/19 – As of right now the OVA is running Debian Stretch and the sources.list should look like the one below.