VMware Horizon Client Disconnects Immediately After Connecting: HccChannelPlugin::ChannelAddRef: No shared memory channel

Recently I’ve needed to connect to a virtual desktop using VMware Horizon Client. Immediately after connecting, I received the error message:

ERROR (1FD0-19D0) <6608> [vmware-remotemks] HccChannelPlugin::ChannelAddRef: No shared memory channel. Horizon client service may be down.
FATAL (1FD0-1E14) <vmware-usbd> [vmware-remotemks] GOT DEP ACCESS VIOLATION

After much research and try & error, I was able to determine that VMWare Horizon Client requires up to 4GB of RAM for physical machines and 5GB of RAM for virtualized Windows 7, 8.1, 10 systems (VirtualBox, VMWare Workstation).

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HOWTO: Installing and running SAP / Sybase SQL Server esd 6 on Ubuntu Linux using KVM

You can run KVM on just about any modern Linux distribution provided that your host is capable of providing virtualization. The folks over at HowtoForge go through the steps for Ubuntu 12.10.

What you will need for the KVM virtual machine:

  • Ubuntu Server 6.06.2 for Intel x86
  • Sybase SQL Server esd 6 for Linux 32bit (if anyone knows of a location to legally download these let me know)

I used virt-viewer to create the virtual machine but you can create the xml file yourself if you want to. Make sure you specify:

  • Disk bus: IDE using native threads and no caching
  • 1GB of RAM or more
  • VNC or Spice display

my Sybase_11033.xml file:

<domain type='kvm'>
  <description>Sybase SQL Server on Ubuntu 6.06.02 (Dapper Drake)</description>
  <memory unit='KiB'>1048576</memory>
  <currentmemory unit='KiB'>1048576</currentmemory>
  <vcpu placement='static'>1</vcpu>
    <type arch='x86_64' machine='pc-1.2'>hvm</type>
    <boot dev='hd'></boot>
  <clock offset='utc'></clock>
    <disk type='file' device='disk'>
      <driver name='qemu' type='qcow2' cache='none' io='threads'></driver>
      <source file='/var/lib/libvirt/images/Sybase_11033.img'/>
      <target dev='hda' bus='ide'></target>
      <address type='drive' controller='0' bus='0' target='0' unit='0'></address>
    <disk type='file' device='cdrom'>
      <driver name='qemu' type='raw'></driver>
      <source file='/home/jason/iso/ubuntu-6.06.2-server-i386.iso'/>
      <target dev='hdb' bus='ide'></target>
      <address type='drive' controller='0' bus='0' target='0' unit='1'></address>
    <controller type='usb' index='0'>
      <address type='pci' domain='0x0000' bus='0x00' slot='0x01' function='0x2'></address>
    <controller type='ide' index='0'>
      <address type='pci' domain='0x0000' bus='0x00' slot='0x01' function='0x1'></address>
    <controller type='virtio-serial' index='0'>
      <address type='pci' domain='0x0000' bus='0x00' slot='0x04' function='0x0'></address>
    <interface type='bridge'>
      <mac address='52:54:00:59:e1:78'></mac>
      <source bridge='br0'/>
      <address type='pci' domain='0x0000' bus='0x00' slot='0x03' function='0x0'></address>
    <serial type='pty'>
      <target port='0'></target>
    <console type='pty'>
      <target type='serial' port='0'></target>
    <channel type='spicevmc'>
      <target type='virtio' name='com.redhat.spice.0'></target>
      <address type='virtio-serial' controller='0' bus='0' port='1'></address>
    <input type='mouse' bus='ps2'/>
    <graphics type='spice' autoport='yes'></graphics>
      <model type='qxl' vram='65536' heads='1'></model>
      <address type='pci' domain='0x0000' bus='0x00' slot='0x02' function='0x0'></address>
    <memballoon model='virtio'>
      <address type='pci' domain='0x0000' bus='0x00' slot='0x05' function='0x0'></address>

Go through the install of Ubuntu Server 6.06.2. After it is completed, you will need to modify a few files:

Replace /etc/apt/sources.list with:

deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ dapper main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ dapper-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ dapper-security main restricted universe multiverse
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install alien

Modify /boot/grub/menu.lst adding elevator=deadline:

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
 defoptions=quiet splash elevator=deadline

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
##      altoptions=(recovery mode) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
##      howmany=7
# howmany=all

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
##      memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false

## ## End Default Options ##

title		Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.15-51-server
root		(hd0,0)
kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-51-server root=/dev/hda1 ro quiet splash elevator=deadline
initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.15-51-server

Modify /etc/fstab to increase the size of tmpfs and to set noatime,nodiratime:

/dev/hda1       /               ext3    rw,async,noatime,nodiratime,errors=remount-ro 0       1
tmpfs		/dev/shm        tmpfs   size=900M   0 0

Modify /etc/sysctl.conf to set up the shared memory and virtual memory settings:


OPTIONAL: Install samba and winbind so you want to connect to your vm by name but don’t want to set up dns:

sudo apt-get install samba winbind

Modify /etc/nsswitch.conf:

# /etc/nsswitch.conf
# Example configuration of GNU Name Service Switch functionality.
# If you have the `glibc-doc' and `info' packages installed, try:
# `info libc "Name Service Switch"' for information about this file.

passwd:         compat
group:          compat
shadow:         compat

hosts:          files dns mdns wins
networks:       files

protocols:      db files
services:       db files
ethers:         db files
rpc:            db files

netgroup:       nis

OPTIONAL (needed for samba/winbind) Modify /etc/samba/smb.conf:

# add netbios name
netbios name = sybase-11033
# modify name resolve order
   name resolve order = bcast lmhosts host wins


Convert the Sybase RPMs to debian packages (dpkg):

sudo alien -d *.rpm

Install Sybase SQL Server:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

This will install the software into /opt/sybase.

Add a sybase os user and change the owner of /opt/sybase to the sybase user:

sudo adduser --home /opt/sybase --shell /bin/bash --no-create-home sybase
sudo chown -R sybase:sybase /opt/sybase

I created a /opt/sybase/.bash_profile script but you can also put this in /etc/profile if you wish:

export SYBASE=/opt/sybase

export SYBPLATFORM=linux
export LC_ALL=default
unset LANG

export PATH=$SYBASE/bin:$PATH

Start the Sybase configuration by running as the sybase user:


I would recommend a 100MB or larger master device and sybsystemprocs device for It will install just fine but if you try to start Sybase with more the 32MB of memory, it will fail. If you want to increase it you need to do two things:

  1. Increase max shared memory (kernel.shmmax and kernel.shmall) in /etc/sysctl.conf – which we already did
  2. Set the stack size to unlimited

Setting the stack size to unlimited is easy so in your RUN_server file:

# Adaptive Server Information:
#  name:                          SYBASE_11033
#  master device:                 /opt/sybase/master.dat
#  master device size:            76800
#  errorlog:                      /opt/sybase/install/errorlog
#  interfaces:                    /opt/sybase

ulimit -s unlimited

/opt/sybase/bin/dataserver -d/opt/sybase/master.dat -sSYBASE_11033 \
-e/opt/sybase/install/errorlog -i/opt/sybase -c/opt/sybase/SYBASE_11033.cfg 

Since this is SQL Server, we don’t have to mess with LD_POINTER_GUARD.

Screenshot from 2013-03-10 16:05:31

Why you would use such an old DBMS version? You might have software that requires this version and the software vendor went out of business or discontinued the software with no upgrade path. In any case, Sybase’s SQL Server is still useful.

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HowTo: Getting the Spice client up and working on Ubuntu 12.10 with libvirt / virt-manager

Unfortunately, when you install the Spice client on Ubuntu 12.x, it doesn’t include everything you need to get it to workUbuntu

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spice-client-gtk qemu-kvm-spice python-spice-client-gtk

If you’re up to date on your 12.10 patches, you shouldn’t need to modify the libvirt-qemu file for Apparmor but if you have troubles, add it in to /etc/apparmor.d/abstractions/libvirt-qemu:

/usr/bin/qemu-system-i386-spice rmix,
/usr/bin/qemu-system-x86_64-spice rmix,
/run/shm/spice.* rwixm,
/run/shm rw,

As I’m running virt-manager on my laptop and connecting to a server, I created an ssh key so I don’t have to add my password over and over again. See ssh-keygen.

Adding a remote server to virt-manager is very easy. File -> Add Connection
Screenshot from 2013-02-10 13:56:27

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Tomorrow: Howto Windows 7 32bit AND 64bit Sound with KVM / libvirt and the Spice client

Finally got sound working in a Windows 7 64bit KVM virtual machine with Spice. There are a few conditions for it to work:

  1. ICH6 audio
  2. Spice guest drivers installed NOT VNC
  3. QXL video
  4. QXL driver (64bit)

Since I’m using Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit, I had to build and digitally sign the driver. Not difficult at all but PITA. I’ll write a howto blog post tomorrow.

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High overview of Cloud Computing with Ubuntu Eucalyptus Cloud (UEC) from Canonical

I installed Ubuntu Eucalyptus cloud (#UEC) on a couple of servers at home. I was naively expecting it to be similar to VMware. Oh I was wrong.

UEC is the Eucalyptus ‘cloud’ software running on Ubuntu servers. The instances would run under the KVM or Xen hypervisors. Ubuntu’s defaulted to running KVM but isn’t restricted by it.

“Eucalyptus is a software available under GPL that helps in creating and managing a private or even a publicly accessible cloud. It provides an EC2 compatible cloud computing platform and S3 compatible cloud storage platform…” Eucalyptus Beginner’s Guide

This is how a vm works in UEC:

You publish an image that you previously installed all the software you need (or you can download such an image). There can be as many instances of this image running as the hardware supports (spread across N number of backend Node Servers).

All instances are transient. As long as an image is running, it will have a physical presence.. but when it is shutdown, the instance is removed including any work performed in the instance.

“static” storage is available via a Storage Server. After you create an image but before you start it, you have the opportunity to attach storage to the instance.

Diagram courtesy of Eucalyptus Beginner’s Guide – UEC edition

While the management tools for UEC, and therefore Amazon EC2/EM, are primitive compared to VMware, it should be able to scale much higher with far less focus on which ‘virtual machine’ goes where.

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Using VMware vCenter Converter and getting a SQL_CANTOPEN or similar error

Using VMware vCenter Converter and getting a SQL_CANTOPEN or similar error?  Make sure your backup (Carbonite in my case) is disabled else it may try to backup the database for the converter and lock the files from being written to.  Anyone know where VMware keeps this database?

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How to convert a laptop running Microsoft Windows 7 to a VirtualBox virtual machine

I was very much surprised just how easy it is to convert a Microsoft Windows 7 laptop into a virtual machine running within Sun’s VirtualBox.  This is what I did:

  • Pull the hard drive from the laptop.  On my Dell Latitude, it was simply unscrewing the two screws on the bottom of the laptop marked with the hard drive simble
  • Attach the drive to a SATA to USB connector and plug it in to your Linux box
  • If you don’t have VirtualBox installed, do so now using apt-get, rpm, or whatever you use to install software
  • Follow How to migrate existing Windows installations to VirtualBox but make sure you specify the entire drive (i.e. /dev/sdh) and not individual partitions else you will miss the hidden partitions that Vista and Windows 7 create

You should have a working Windows 7 Virtual Machine.  You’ll notice that you probably have a huge vdi file.  Let’s shrink that down:

  • Within Windows
    • download and install sdelete from Microsoft
    • download and install PowerDefragmenter
    • Run PowerDefragmenter on your c: drive (as administrator)
    • Run “sdelete -c c:” from a cmd window (as administrator)
    • shutdown windows
  • On the host
    • run “VBoxManage modifyvdi my_disk.vdi compact” replacing “my_disk.vdi” with the name of your vdi file you created earlier
    • Note that if you get a “Shrink hard disk operation is not implemented” error, then you’ve hit bug #2833 and you will want to download the latest VirtualBox to fix it.
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Installing Oracle 10g / 11g on Ubuntu 8.04.1 (Hardy Heron) Server JEOS in VMware Server 1.0x/2.0x

I’ve been tasked with becoming an Oracle DBA, so I need to be able to create an VMware Server image containing 32 bit Ubuntu 8.04.1 Server JEOS and Oracle 10g. Much of the work was taken from Augusto Bott‘s Installing Oracle 11g on Ubuntu Linux 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) and Peter Cooper‘s How to Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 under VMware Fusion.

I was able to consolidate the methods to work rather well together. As soon as Ubuntu 8.10 Server JEOS (Intrepid) is released, I’ll verify the procedure on that operating system as well.

If you’re looking for instructions on how to install Oracle 11 XE on Ubuntu 8.04.1, look at Installing Oracle Database XE on Debian, Ubuntu, and Kubuntu by Todd Trichler.
Create a VMware Image with the following settings

  1. Choose 32bit Ubuntu for the OS type
  2. 1024 MBytes RAM
  3. 16GBytes disk space
  4. Ubuntu 8.04.1 (or higher) Server JEOS edition http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/serveredition/jeos
  5. Upon the os installation, create a non “oracle” id to use to administer the os.

Install the required updates and packages

$ sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude safe-upgrade
sudo aptitude install build-essential xinetd linux-headers-`uname -r` openssh-client openssh-server unzip libaio1 gawk ksh rpm libmotif3 alien lsb-rpm libtool libxtst-dev libxtst6 libstdc++5

Add swap

$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/extraswap bs=1M count=1536
sudo mkswap /extraswap
sudo swapon /extraswap
sudo echo "/extraswap   none   swap   sw   0   0" >> /etc/fstab

# "/sbin/swapon -s" should show the added swap space
/sbin/swapon -s
Filename				Type		Size	Used	Priority
/dev/mapper/oracle10g-swap_1            partition	401400	92	-1
/extraswap                              file		1048568	0	-2

If VMware Server version is 2.0x or higher, install VMware tools:

$ sudo su - root
mount /dev/cdrom
cp /media/cdrom/*.gz ~
tar zxvf VMwareTools*.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib

If VMware Server version is 1.0x, install VMware tools:

$ sudo su - root
mount /dev/cdrom
cp /media/cdrom/*.gz ~
aptitude install libgtk2.0-dev libproc-dev libdumbnet-dev xorg-dev wget
wget http://mesh.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/open-vm-tools/open-vm-tools-2008.04.14-87182.tar.gz
tar xzvf VMware*.gz ; sudo tar xzvf open-vm-tools*.gz ; cd open-vm-tools-2008.04.14-87182/
./configure && make
cd modules/linux/
for i in *; do mv ${i} ${i}-only; tar -cf ${i}.tar ${i}-only; done
cd ../../..
mv -f open-vm-tools-2008.04.14-87182/modules/linux/*.tar vmware-tools-distrib/lib/modules/source/ ; cd vmware-tools-distrib/
sudo ./vmware-install.pl
sudo reboot

Append to /etc/sysctl.conf

$ sudo cat >> /etc/sysctl.conf < <EOF
fs.file-max = 65535
kernel.shmall = 2097152
kernel.shmmax = 2147483648
kernel.shmmni = 4096
kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128
net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 1024 65535
net.core.rmem_default = 1048576
net.core.rmem_max = 1048576
net.core.wmem_default = 262144
net.core.wmem_max = 262144

Append to /etc/security/limits.conf
&#91;bash&#93;$ sudo cat >> /etc/security/limits.conf < <EOF
oracle soft nproc 2047
oracle hard nproc 16383
oracle soft nofile 1023
oracle hard nofile 65535

Append to /etc/pam.d/login
&#91;bash&#93;$ sudo cat >> /etc/pam.d/login < <EOF
session required /lib/security/pam_limits.so
session required pam_limits.so

Set up user / groups
&#91;bash&#93;$ sudo su - root
addgroup oinstall ; addgroup dba ; addgroup nobody ; usermod -g nobody nobody ;  useradd -g oinstall -G dba -p password -d /home/oracle -s /bin/bash oracle
passwd oracle
mkdir /home/oracle ; chown -R oracle:dba /home/oracle ; ln -s /usr/bin/awk /bin/awk ; ln -s /usr/bin/rpm /bin/rpm ; ln -s /usr/bin/basename /bin/basename ; mkdir /etc/rc.d
for i in 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 S ; do ln -s /etc/rc$i.d /etc/rc.d/rc$i.d ; done
mkdir -p /dbms/oracle ; chown -R oracle:dba /dbms/oracle ;  sysctl -p

Retrieve Oracle 10g zip file
	<li>Copy the Oracle install zip file from disc or somewhere</li>
	<li>Unzip it</li>

Retrieve IP of the network card
$ ifconfig |grep "Bcast"

Install / Configure oracle manually verifying any requirements:

$ ssh -C -X oracle@(ipaddress)
cd /home//database
./runInstaller -ignoreSysPrereqs

iSQL*Plus URL:


Enterprise Manager 10g Database Control URL:

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