Upgrading OpenVPN VMWare Virtual Appliance

Upgrading is relatively easy because the OpenVPN Access Server is just a Debian package that runs on Ubuntu 14. Before upgrading OpenVPN it is a good idea to update the Ubuntu 14 server itself. You can use the standard:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Next, find the latest Ubuntu package from this page: https://openvpn.net/index.php/access-server/download-openvpn-as-sw/113.html?osfamily=Ubuntu. Copy the link for the Ubuntu 14 64-bit package. The current download for the 2.0.24 version is http://swupdate.openvpn.org/as/openvpn-as-2.0.24-Ubuntu14.amd_64.deb.

SSH into the appliance and run:

wget http://swupdate.openvpn.org/as/openvpn-as-2.0.24-Ubuntu14.amd_64.deb
dpkg -i openvpn-as-2.0.24-Ubuntu14.amd_64.deb

This will upgrade the VMWare ESXi OpenVPN Virtual Appliance to the latest version.

Installing Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on VMWare ESXi 5.5

Installing Dell OMSA on a ESXi server allows you to see more detailed information regarding the Dell hardware. It also allows you to perform operations such as specifying hot spares and rebuilding RAID arrays. After you install OMSA on the ESXi server you can install the OMSA web-based GUI on another Windows PC or Server in order to access OMSA.

The steps below will get OMSA up and running on VMWare ESXi 5.5. Be sure to download the version of the OMSA Offline Installation Bundle that corresponds to your version of ESXi.

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