[ESXi5.5U2] Install ESXi on VMWare Host with less than 4 GB of RAM

I found this solution in the Spiceworks VMWare Forum by User ZEFiR and after testing it succesfully with ESXi 5.5 Update 2, I wanted to preserve it for future use. The Original Post can be found
here. Thanks a lot to ZEFiR for sharing this very useful piece of knowledge :)!

1. Boot from VMware ESXi 5.5

2. wait “Welcome to theVMware ESXi 5.5.0 Installation” screen

3. Press Alt+F1 for enter console and login as “root” (no password needed)

4. go to:
cd /usr/lib/vmware/weasel/util/
delete file:
rm upgrade_precheck.pyc;

5. remove readonly flags:
mv upgrade_precheck.py upgrade_precheck.py.def
cp upgrade_precheck.py.def upgrade_precheck.py

6. set permissions:
chmod 755 upgrade_precheck.py

7. open script in ‘vi':
vi upgrade_precheck.py

8. find “MEM_MIN_SIZE”, pres “a” (edit mode. “(4 * 1024 – 32)” change to “(2 * 1024 – 32)”, pres ‘ESC’, run command “:wq” (save & exit)

9. look installer PID:
ps -c | grep weasel

10. kill installer (PID = process Nr.):
kill PID

Installer process run automatically (with modified config script).

Continue from “Welcome to theVMware ESXi 5.5.0 Installation”

SSH Socks Proxy

Very easy and handy is to use an SSH Server as Socks Proxy:
ssh -D 8080 username@my_ssh_server

Or use Putty:
Enter the IP Address of your SSH Server, Port and go to Connection -> SSH -> Tunnels.
In Source Port enter the Port where the Proxy should be available. I.e. 8080
Then choose “Dynamic”.
Leave Destination Port Empty and the IP Configuration on “Auto”.

After connecting to your SSH Server, you can configure i.e. Firefox to use your Socks 5 Server on IP 127.0.0.1 and Port 8080.

[RaspPi] Virtual Accesspoint on Xbian

Little How To to get an Virtual AP running on XBian.
I did NOT choose to install an DHCP Server on Xbian, as I just wanted to use the central one in my network.

1.) Install software
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install install hostapd hostap-utils iw bridge-utils

2.) Update hostapd
cd ~
wget http://www.adafruit.com/downloads/adafruit_hostapd.zip
unzip adafruit_hostapd.zip
sudo mv /usr/sbin/hostapd /usr/sbin/hostapd.ORIG
sudo mv hostapd /usr/sbin
sudo chmod 755 /usr/sbin/hostapd

3.) Configure hostapd
sudo vi /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf

interface=wlan0
bridge=br0
driver=rtl871xdrv
ssid=MY_SSID
hw_mode=g
ieee80211n=1
channel=11
macaddr_acl=0
auth_algs=1
ignore_broadcast_ssid=0
wpa=3
wpa_passphrase=MY_PASSWORD
wpa_key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
wpa_pairwise=TKIP
rsn_pairwise=CCMP

sudo vi /etc/default/hostapd

Change
#DAEMON_CONF=””
to
DAEMON_CONF=”/etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf”
and save file

4.) Configure hostapd autostart
sudo update-rc.d hostapd enable

5.) Configure IPv4 Forward
sudo vi /etc/sysctl.conf

add
net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
to the end of the file and save

6.) Configure interfaces
# You will need to change the IP address and network to your networks settings!
sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

auto lo br0
iface lo inet loopback

iface eth0 inet dhcp
allow hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual

iface br0 inet static
bridge-ports eth0 wlan0
address 192.168.1.75
netmask 255.255.255.0
network 192.168.1.0
broadcast 192.168.1.255
gateway 192.168.1.1

7.) Configure rc.local for boot
sudo vi /etc/rc.local

add before exit 0

ifup br0
/etc/init.d/hostapd restart

save and exit

8.) Reboot
sudo reboot

Material used and thanks to:

https://learn.adafruit.com/setting-up-a-raspberry-pi-as-a-wifi-access-point/overview

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-WiFi-Access-Point-out-of-a-Raspberry/#step1

https://wiki.debian.org/BridgeNetworkConnections

Vagrant on Windows 7

So I wanted to try out some “new technologies” as Docker and Vagrant, so I decided to install Vagrant on my Windows 7 machine. It turned out to be not that “just install and go” as written down in the tutorial.

So, the short version to get you up and running:
1.) Install VirtualBox VirtualBox-4.3.12-93733-Win
Yes, 4.3.16 is current, no – you can’t use something higher than 4.3.12 because of an error with ssh…
2.) Install some software which comes with ssh
So if you haven’t installed git until, that should be the perfect time to do that.
Oh, and please include the bin folder with the ssh.exe in the PATH Variable of your Windows machine. Vagrant needs to call it to connect to your “VM”.
3.) Install Vagrant 1.6.5
4.) After doing all that, you should reboot your pc.

Your first vagrant session:
1.) Open up your CLI / cmd.exe
2.) Create an new folder and enter it
3.) Init vagrant, i.e.
vagrant init
4.) Start the vagrant vm
vagrant up

After all that, you will be able to connect to your VM with:
vagrant ssh

If you want to stop your machine, enter
vagrant destory

And that is it.
Oh, by the way: Vagrant may use VMWare Workstation instead of Oracles Virtual Box – if you’re willing to pay 79 Bucks per PC…

[Linux] Delete old SSH Keys and recreate them

If you are downloading an Linux Image for i.e. Embedded Systems like Raspberry Pi, sometimes, the SSH Keys are still on the system and are not recreated.
To do that manually, just enter:

sudo rm /etc/ssh/ssh_host_*
sudo dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server
sudo service ssh restart

[RaspPi] Trouble with xfce4-panel on Kali Linux

Errors with xfce4-panel

I got an error that the xfce4-panel / Taskbar disappeared.
I solved it by right-clicking on the Desktop, choosing Applications, Settings, Panel.
After that it told me that it got no panel running, and if it should start one.
I answered yes and the panel would appear again.

After an reboot, I always got the question wheter it should start an panel.
As that was quite annoying, I looked for another solution to the problem.
I found the answer here: http://forum.ubuntuusers.de/topic/probleme-mit-panel-und-kiosk-modus/
Just delete the xfce settings like that:
rm -rf ~/.cache
rm -rf ~/.config

After that, click the log out button, UNCHECK the “Save session for future logins” box and choose reboot.

On the next reboot, it should come up correctly again.

[RaspPi] Install Kali Linux on RPi with HDMIPi

1.) Download Kali for RPi

https://www.offensive-security.com/kali-linux-vmware-arm-image-download/

2.) Extract if with 7zip, format your SDCard with the Formatter from the SDCardAssociation and write the Image (kali-1.0.9-rpi.img) to your SD Card

2b.) If you plan on using Kali with your HDMIPi Screen, create an config.txt file with following content on the sdcard to have correct HDMI sizing:
hdmi_ignore_edid=0xa5000080
hdmi_group=2 # HDMIPi for 1280 x 800
hdmi_drive=2 # for alternative modes get sound
hdmi_mode=28 # 1280 x 800 @ 60 Hz Specifcations

3.) Boot it

4.) After boot, login with root / toor

5.) Install raspi-config using the terminal
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/snubbegbg/install_raspi-config/master/install.sh
chmod +x install.sh
sudo ./install.sh

6.) Configure sdcard reseize, locale and stuff using sudo raspi-config and reboot

7.) Install Kali Metapackages
Kali comes kind of “blank” with no tools.
Choose your needed package from https://www.kali.org/news/kali-linux-metapackages/ and install it using apt-get.
But please look out for the installation size!
I.e. for the kali-linux-top10 package:
apt-get update
apt-get install kali-linux-top10
Or the complete ISO package (9 GB!):
apt-get install kali-linux-full

8.) Reboot
sudo reboot

9.) After rebooting and login with root / toor, enter startx to use Kali