Debian: Squeeze cannot load Broadcom LAN drivers bnx2/bnx2-mips-09-5.0.0.j3.fw


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You may run into a window asking you to provide the bnx2/bnx2-mips-09-5.0.0.j3.fw package to continue installation. Don’t freak out, visit this link and download the deb package from a mirror. Copy the package to a USB drive AND DO NOT EXTRACT THE .FW FILES, COPY THE DEB PACKAGE ONLY. INSTALL WILL EXTRACT WHAT IT NEEDS ACCORDINGLY and then click continue.

Debian: VMware Server 1.x and Debian Etch


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To install VMware Server 1.x:

Install the following packages if you don’t already have them:
aptitude install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) openssl libssl-dev psmisc
Untar the package, navigate to vmware-server-distrib directory and type
./vmware-install.pl
To install VMware Tools:

The following packages are needed in order to install VMware Tools:
aptitude install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
Open VMware Server Console and Click VM – Install VMware Tools. Then go to your guest Debain VM and mount the CD:
mount /dev/cdrom
I usually copy tar files to the hard drive and extract:
cp /media/cdrom0/VMwareTools-1.0.8-126538.tar.gz /root

cd /root/
tar -zxf VMwareTools-1.0.8-126538.tar.gz
If you want to directly untar it to another directory:
tar -zxf /media/cdrom0/VMwareTools-1.0.8-126538.tar.gz -C <directory>
Navigate to vmware-tools-distrib and execute the install command:
./vmware-install.pl
Follow directions and you should be able to install VMware Tools without incident.

Note: If you are running an early release of Debian Etch you may be asked to provide path to C compiler directory. That means you do not have a compiler installed and will have to install the following two packages:
aptitude install gcc-3.4 g++-3.4

Debian: Setup is unable to find the “killall” program error when installing VMware tools


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Setup is unable to find the “killall” program on your machine. Please make sure
it is installed. Do you want to specify the location of this program by hand?

Hit ctrl-c to break the process, then install “psmisc” package:
aptitude install psmisc

Now try again.

Debian: Sync time and date with external servers


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Install ntpdate:
aptitude install ntpdate

To update manually:
ntpdate <time server> (ntpdate pool.ntp.org or ntpdate time.nist.gov)

Create a cron job to have your server sync at intervals you like.