Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.1 - Upgrade VMware Tools

Cisco Prime Infrastructure includes a built-in evaluation license valid for 60 days and 100 devices. You can download the virtual appliance from the Cisco Promotional Software Store. I am running this in my lab on a VMware ESXi 5.5 host.

Smug Cisco Guy

After I installed and configured Prime Infrastructure (PI) vSphere Client reported the PI vm was running an outdated version of VMware Tools. To upgrade VMware Tools you need to enable root access on the PI appliances, then follow the VMware instructions for "Manually Install or Upgrade VMware Tools in a Linux Virtual Machine".

Step 1 - SSH into the appliance and login.

Step 2 - Enable root shell and set the password, then log into root

lab-prime/admin# root_enable
Password :
Password Again :
Root enabled
lab-prime/admin# root
Enter root password :
Starting root bash shell ...

Step 3 - On the VMware host, enable Interactive Tools Upgrade. Right click the VM, Guest, Install/Upgrade VMware Tools, and select Interactive Tools Upgrade.

Step 4 - Back in the ssh windows, mount vmware tools and copy to /tmp

ade # mkdir /mnt/cdrom
ade # mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
mount: block device /dev/cdrom is write-protected, mounting read-only
ade # cd /mnt/cdrom
ade # ls | grep VMware

ade # cp VMwareTools-9.4.0-1280544.tar.gz /tmp
ade # cd /tmp
ade # ls | grep VMware

Step 5 - untar the file and run the install

ade # tar zxvf VMwareTools-9.4.0-1280544.tar.gz
ade # cd vmware-tools-distrib/
ade # ./

From here just accept the defaults.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Attending Cisco Live 2014 Online

I am not attending Cisco Live San Francisco this year, or should I say, I won't be in San Francisco for Cisco Live 2014. I wanted to share some information on Webcasts and Broadcasts available to anyone not attending.

Anyone can sign up for a free account. This is also often referred to as Cisco Live 365. Simply go to and create an account. Once your account is created and you login here is what you see:

The On-demand Library is where you can find PDFs of all the breakout sessions. Yes that's correct, you can download any and all the PDFs for Cisco Live!!

But wait there's more... Every session is video recorded. Soon these videos will be uploaded right here. This year Cisco has Fastracked Sessions  "A link to early release, on-demand videos of selected session will be posted here each night of the conference on May 20, 21 & 22. "

The lat section of I wanted to share is the Online Events. After clicking Online Events, you see a schedule of events. If you click details on an event they provide the WebEx information and you can download the iCalendar File to add the event to your calendar. Or if you want all of the online events in your calendar, you can select "1. Subscribe to our calendar"

Cisco Live Online Events

Finally, follow the fun from the twitters. #CLUS

-Bill Carter
CCIE 5022