To connect to the Recovery Console of a Cloud Server using a Linux system you need to have on your Linux PC the graphic interface or "Window Manager" (Gnome, KDE, etc.), "Firefox" browser and relevant "Adobe Flash Player" Plug-in.
Furthermore if the system uses a 64 bit (x86_64) Linux version the compatibility libraries are required to run programs at 32 bit (the SSL VPN client is in fact a 32 bit program) within a 64 bit system.
Before you install the program you also need to install xterm, if this is not already installed, as this program is sometimes used by the client to view the license. To do this open a Terminal and run the following command:
sudo apt-get install xterm
To see if you are using a 64 bit Linux system from the Terminal run the following command:
The command reply will be "x86_64" in the case of a 64 bit system, or "i686" if you are using a 32 bit system.
If you are using a 64 bit system run the following command from the Terminal prompt:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-gtk
sudo yum install xterm glibc.i686 libgcc.i686 libstdc++.i686 glibc-devel.i686 gtk2.i686 libSM.i686
Make sure that the installation of the libraries is complete without errors before you proceed.
At this point you need to recuperate the data for the VPN connection, then:
access the Cloud Server service
go to the "vSphere Client" section found in the menu on the left
copy the data indicated under "VPN Connection Details", for example:
copy the data indicated in "vSphere Client Connection Details", for example:
Then you will need to download the "Fortinet VPN client for Linux
" software, and extract the content of the archive.
From the Terminal move to the directory with the content of the archive
Only for 64 bit Fedora 18
: on 64 bit Fedora 18 we have seen that the VPN client is not able to edit the routing after connecting to the server, therefore not allowing the data to pass from the VPN Tunnel and obstructing the connection for example with the Recovery Console. To solve this problem you need to edit a bash script found in the VPN client package.
Run the "forticlientsslvpn" program:
After accepting the license, enter the previously obtained "VPN Connection Details", then press "Connect".
A warning window like the following will open. Click on "Continue".
At this stage the connection is established.
At this stage the VPN tunnel is also established, you can proceed with the connection to the VMware Recovery Console.