Import OVF to VMware workstation

I recently have the needs to test some feature on the latest version of Cisco FMC and decided to install one on my VMware workstation. However when tried to import the OVF file, I ran into following issue:






I changed VirtualSCSI within OVF file under ResourceSubType to lsilogic. But that leaded to another issue: the SHA HASH not matching anymore when tried to import again… Luckily I found this post here.

I uploaded the ovf, vmdk and mf files coming from Cisco to my linux VM and run following: openssl sha1 *.vmdk *.ovf > *.mf

Then downloaded the only mf file back to my PC to overwrite the original one. Now the appliance is able to be imported to work in workstation 14.

P.S. Within VMware workstation, I also upgraded the VM compatibility setting and there does not seem break anything…

Remote Access vCloud Director VM Console

Not sure if VMware did not do the documentation properly OR I did not read it properly. It took me over 2-day to figure out how to setup vCloud Director to provide VM console access of VM to authorized user on Internet. The highlevel diagram is attached below. This might not be the best setup but works and makes sense to me.
The configuration on Firewall (I use ASA):
  1. Configure Static NAT for to So user on Internet can access to login to vCloud Director portal
  2. Configure identity NAT between External and LAN interfaces: for any traffic, which arrives on External interface of firewall, destines for, firewall will translate the source address to and destination address to
The configuration on vCloud Director (I use centOS with 2 NICs and default gateway
  1. Set the external proxy IP to in the vCloud Director management portal
  2. Add static route in centOS: Send traffic to if the destination address is

Some keyboard shortcuts I can never remember…

1. Ever annoyed by trying to access “Ctrl+Alt+Delete” inside RDP connection? I was until I found this:

“Ctrl+Alt+End” == “Ctrl+Alt+Delete” inside RDP!!!

One another questions though, what if you use an Apply keyboard?

2. Ever annoyed by trying to delete the typo from H3C or 3COM switch CLI via telnet/ssh in putty? Backspace doesnot work. The key sequence has to be changed to Ctrl-H in putty session profile.

3. Ever annoyed by clicking VM-Guest-Send “Ctrl-Alt-Del” to get a windows login prompt in vSphere? Try to use “Ctrl-Alt-Insert” next time from keyboard directly.

Console/Serial Connection to a VM

Host OS: Windows 8.1

Virtualization: VMware workstation v10 (have not tried in vSphere yet)

VM: Cisco NX-OS Simulator

Serial Connection Client: KiTTY (PuTTY will work just fine)

Step 1. Start the VM and open virtual machine settings windows.

Step 2. Add a Serial Port and select “Output to named pipe” when prompted

Step 3. Make sure settings are similar to screenshot below and click Finish.

Step 4. Power on VM and launch KiTTY and open a serial connection like below.