We're happy to announce Rocky Linux 8.3 Release Candidate 1 is now available! Read more here: https://t.co/92oFcJvjgw #RockyLinux #Linux #Community
— Rocky Linux (@rocky_linux) May 1, 2021
This morning, I saw that Rocky Linux RC1 was now available and includes support for both x86 and AARCH64 (Arm) and I wanted to give it a quick spin on both ESXi-x86 and ESXi-Arm.
I was succesful in installing Rocky Linux on ESXi-x86 using the CentOS GuestOS type and using the defaults. You will however need to disable Secure Boot (VM Options->Boot Options) as it is currently not supported.
If you do not, you will see the following error message when booting up the ISO: Verification failed: (0x1A) Security Violation
The default network adapter for this GOS in ESXi-x86 is using VMXNET3 and it was automatically detected. If you forgot to enable networking during the configuration wizard (like I did), you will need to login and edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens* and change enable=yes and reboot for the changes to go into effect.
VMware Tools can be installed by running the following commands:
yum -y install open-vm-tools
systemctl enable vmtoolsd
systemctl start vmtoolsd
I was succesful in installing Rocky Linux on ESXi-Arm using the CentOS GuestOS type and using the defaults. Networking for ESXi-Arm is using e1000e and if you forgot to enable networking during the configuration wizard (like I did), you will need to login and edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens* and change enable=yes and reboot for the changes to go into effect.
Unlike Rocky Linux for x86, there is currently not a VMware Tools package that can be installed using yum and my attempts at compiling VMware Tools lead to missing packages that are currently not available in their repository. I have already filed an issue on the VMware Tools Github repo for tracking purposes.
Guest customizations are failing for Rocky Linux 8.3 RC1 in ESXi 6.7. I filed a bug report at https://bugs.rockylinux.org/show_bug.cgi?id=30 (the pull request at https://github.com/vmware/open-vm-tools/pull/513 looks promising).
Thanks in advance for any help that you may be able to offer.
Jordan Pisaniello says
Awesome write up, thank you for testing and covering us!
Jay B. says
Hi William, great writeup. I think you may have a typo in the service name, should be vmtoolsd instead of vmtoolsds
William Lam says
Yes, good catch. Just fixed