Thursday, September 11, 2014

Running Workspace Portal 2.1 in VMware Workstation 10

With the release of Workspace Portal 2.1, the vApp has been reduced to a single VM providing simpler deployment and administration. [See my post What's New in Workspace Portal 2.1] This also means it's extremely easy to run inside of VMware Workstation or Fusion. In this post, we'll be covering how to import Workspace Portal 2.1 into VMware Workstation.
Why would you want to run Workspace Portal in a desktop solution like Workstation?

Well it's by no means a production solution. It does provide a decent lab environment at best though! This is great for tinkering with the product before implementing in a vSphere environment. You can get a pretty good idea for how the product flows. If you happen to have a more advanced home lab setup in Workstation already (With Active Directory, vCenter Server, etc). If you don't, luckily there is a Demo User Store that can be selected during the Web GUI configuration which will create dummy accounts for you and use an embedded OpenLDAP instance on the VM. Pretty cool!

More info on using the Demo User Store here

To install Workspace Portal 2.1 in Workstation:

  1. Download the Workspace Portal 2.1 OVA

  2. In Workstation, choose File > Open

  3. Configure your desired Name and Location, and choose Import

  4. Review the details of the VM

  5. Power on the VM, and you'll run through the Setup Wizard

    1. Choose [1] for a complete installation

    2. Enter [y] to accept

    3. Next configure your hostname, DNS, and IP settings

    4. When done, hit [q] to continue, then [y] to confirm

  6. After it performs its initial boot and configuration, you'll see the familiar Login screen with an IP address.

    NOTE: in this example, we're using a Bridged network connection. This can be verified and configured under VM > Settings > Network Adapter

  7. In my setup, I want to be able to access Workspace with the hostname I provided earlier in the setup. In order to do that, I need to modify my computer's /etc/hosts file. My daily OS is Linux Mint, so I will perform this via the command line:

    1. First ensure you can ping the appliance from the IP listed in the console window

    2. Then add an entry for the appliance in the hosts file
      vi /etc/hostsThe entry should follow this format:
      FQDN shortname

      e.g., workspace21.mycomputer.local workspace21

  8. Once your hosts file is updated, you should be able to ping the appliance by the name you gave it.

  9. Final step is to open a browser and login per the console window's instructions!

Next Steps: Run through the web GUI to further configure the appliance. See my post on Installing/Configuring Workspace Portal


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