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Netcat for VMware ESX 3.5

August 23rd, 2010 Posted in Software, vmware

How to install Netcat on VMware ESX 3.5.
When migrating from a standalone VMware ESX 3.5 server to a vSphere 4.x server, you might want to use netcat and tar. Instead of using SCP.
Why? Because VMWare ESX throttles the service console, resulting in ridiculously low speeds (everything from 5-15 MB/s on a 1Gbit).

By using tar and SCP, you should be able to get at least 30 MB/s.

But, netcat is NOT included in VMware ESX 3.5. It is included in 2.5 and 4.x.

So how do you install netcat on VMware ESX 3.5?

1. Grab the RPM here:
http://netcat.sourceforge.net/download.php

(Don’t use any newer versions, like 1.10, because you will run into dependencies problems, like this:
[root@vmware-esx]# rpm -ivh netcat-1.10-980.1.i586.rpm
warning: netcat-1.10-980.1.i586.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 9c800aca
error: Failed dependencies:
libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.3.4) is needed by netcat-1.10-980.1
rpmlib(PayloadIsLzma) <= 4.4.2-1 is needed by netcat-1.10-980.1 [root@vmware-esx] 2. Install the RPM: rpm -ivh netcat-0.7.1-1.i386.rpm [root@vmware-esx bin]# rpm -ivh netcat-0.7.1-1.i386.rpm warning: netcat-0.7.1-1.i386.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID b2d79fc1 Preparing... ########################################### [100%] 1:netcat ########################################### [100%] [root@vmware-esx] And you’re done!

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