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Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows
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Author:  tmilam [ Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

john6699 wrote:
I donwload this and tried to import to virtualbox and vmware with not luck..

I am getting error Failed to import applicance. /home/etc/desktop/GNS3-IOU/GNS3-IOU/disk1.vmdk/GNS3-IOU.ovf


Did you get any additional errors, such as Could not find a storage controller?

@xsimio - You raise a good point for dynamips router emulation. Is this also true with L2/L3 IOU?

Author:  john6699 [ Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

This is the only error I am getting. I download unzip and tried to import keeping getting this error..

on my other laptop with wmware

Failed to open disk: C:\Users\MY PC\Downloads\GNS3-IOU\GNS3-IOU\disk1.vmdk.gz. Reason: The file specified is not a virtual disk


I don't understand what I am doing wrong.. I tried linux windows virtula machine and vmware on both.

Author:  tmilam [ Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

john6699 wrote:
Failed to open disk: C:\Users\MY PC\Downloads\GNS3-IOU\GNS3-IOU\disk1.vmdk.gz. Reason: The file specified is not a virtual disk


Looks like it's still compressed. Try gunzip disk1.vmdk.gz (on linux).

Author:  john6699 [ Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

it is already unzipped.

I have 3 files in the folder
disk1.vmdk
GNS3-IOU.mf
GNS3-IOU.ovf

Author:  tmilam [ Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

Yes, I see now. I'm getting that same error. The vmdk is compressed even after you unzip the file. You could decompress it but the ovf would need to be modified on line 5. This is a mess. I need to repackage this. Sorry :|

Author:  revs [ Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

An alternative solution based on the ability to preseed a Debian installation. The preseed file is attached. It is possible to create a custom netboot CD that would already incorporate the url to a preseed file, which will simplify the installation even further.
Code:
HOWTO
1. Create a new VM for 32-bit linux; you'll need a working network connection
    as all of the files are going to be downloaded directly from a Debian mirror
2. Boot off netboot CD
   ( can be downloaded from here: [url]http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/jessie/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot/[/url] )
3. When the install screen comes up hit the TAB key and add the following
    to the end of the line:
    priority=critical url=url_to_this_file
    (substitute url_to_this_file with an actual url) and hit Enter
3. Answer a series of question about you locale
4. After install is finished eject the CD, reboot the VM.
5. Done. You have a VM suitable to run IOU. Depending on your network
    adapter setting for the VM you should be able to connect to the VM over SSH


Edit: so if you want, you can just use the pressed file directly from this forum. The url would be:
Quote:
http://forum.gns3.net/download/file.php?id=2792


Edit: the attachment is fixed as of 11 pm PDT, March 18, 2014.

Attachments:
preseed_gns3.txt [5.53 KiB]
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Author:  tmilam [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

Great idea with the preseed file! I tried it and am getting an error that the installer failed to process the preconfiguration file. That is both from the forum link and another URL I have tried.

Author:  revs [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

The file, in the post above has been corrected. I've made a mistake somewhere while cleaning the file: the installer is very finicky about formatting.

I've tried the install with the new link from the post above and it seems to be working nicely, takes less then 20min for install to complete on cable connection.

Author:  tmilam [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

It works for me on VMWare Workstation 10. Complete install took about 5 minutes. Good job!

Author:  john6699 [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Linux VM for IOL/IOU support on Windows

is there a link to download this VM or you need to build your own?

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