Unable to Guest Customize Debian in vCloud Director 5.5

August 6, 2015 Jordansphere ESXi

 

I deployed a Debian VM from the public catalogue. I then requested vCloud Director to give it an IP address from the Static IP Pool. This showed as being successful in the VCD portal but I could not ping the VM when it was powered on. I logged in via the console and the VM had not recieved the IP address. Within the properites of the VM I noticed Enable guest customization was not ticked.  When I tried to tick this and press OK I received the following message:

Guest customization is not supported by the selected OS. Please disable guest customization to proceed.

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Upon inspecting the supported operating systems for VCD 5.5 it appeared Debian was not on the list.

However, there is a work around.  To enable this feature all we have to do is change the OS from Debian to Other Linux in the properties of the VM.

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I then powered up the VM and the guest customization completed successfully 

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