Install Steam OS on VMware Workstation

Installing Steam OS (A Debian Linux based distribution) on VMware Workstation running on Microsoft Windows.

Curious what Steam OS is? Click Here

Download the Steam OS Beta from Here

Extract the downloaded zip file to a directory. We will use C:\SteamOS\ for this example.

Download and install Windows AIK from Here (Automated Installation Kit) which includes oscdimg.exe (If you already have oscdimg then you do not need to install Windows AIK)

Launch a command prompt (cmd.exe) and enter the following command
“C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\x86\oscdimg.exe” -m -o -j2 -h -pEF -bC:\SteamOS\boot\grub\efi.img -lSteamOS C:\SteamOS\ C:\SteamOS\SteamOS.iso

You should now have a .iso file of Steam OS.

In VMware Workstation, create a new Custom Virtual Machine Highest Hardware Compatibility (I used Workstation 8.0)
Use Create a new Virtual Machine Custom Highest Hardware Compatibility
Choose your ISO file that is saved at C:\SteamOS\SteamOS.iso
Choose Linux > Debian 6 (Either 32 or 64 bit)
Choose a name for the Virtual Machine such as “SteamOS” and choose where to save the virtual machine
Choose 1 processor Choose 4GB memory (or more)
Use Bridged or NAT networking Use the recommended Storage controller
Create a new virtual disk
Choose SCSI
Choose 500GB for the disc size, DO NOT “Allocate all disc space now” as this is just a test system.
Choose to store the disk as a single file as it should be relatively small
Choose “Customize Hardware” and then under display choose “Accelerate 3D Graphics”
Uncheck “Power on this virtual machine after creation” and choose to Finish.

Now go into the directory that you choose to save your virtual machine such as “C:\Users\Joe\Virtual Machines\SteamOS” and open “SteamOS.vmx” with a text editor and add the following lines to the end of the file.
firmware = “efi”
bios.forceSetupOnce = “TRUE”
Then save the file.

Now go back to VMware Workstation and choose to Power on the Virtual Machine.
You should see the following screen

Choose “Continue”
You will then see the following screen Choose “Automated install (WILL ERASE DISK!)”

You will now see the following screen which is installing SteamOS on the Virtual Machine

Once that completes you should see this confirmation screen. do as it suggest and remove the ISO from the virtual machine and then choose “Continue” (or just reset the virtual machine if the mouse pointer stopped working).

You should see the machine boot into GRUB

and then after a few seconds it should come up with the SteamOS Login screen.
From the dropdown choose “GNOME Classic ” instead of “Default Xsession”
Login with these credentials
Login: steam
Password: steam

It will log in and the resolution will be set VERY high.
Solve this by going to Applications > System Tools Preferences > System Settings and choosing “Displays”. Then set your resoltion to something that will fit your screen.
You should then see the SteamOS Desktop

Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal (Do not choose “Return to Steam” on the desktop)
Then enter the command “steam”
This should come up with the Steam EULA
Accept this.

Steam will now begin updating. (If it does not begin updating then make sure that you have an active internet connection by going to Applications > Internet > Iceweasel Browser and visiting a website.

After it finishes updating you must log in. After logging it it will take a minute or two to set up steam. DO NOT EXIT THE TERMINAL WINDOW.

You should then see the steam window.

Exit the steam window by going Steam > Exit
The terminal should now say “Shutting down . . . ” then “Shutdown”
You can now exit the terminal window.
Log out of the “steam” account.

Log in with GNOME Classic with the following credentials
Login: desktop
Password: desktop

You will need to change your resolution again like we did earlier.

Launch the terminal again and this time enter the following
This will prompt you to enter a password. Enter “desktop”.

This script will perform the post-install customizations, delete itself, then reboot into the recovery partition capture utility.
When prompted enter “y” to confirm that you would like to continue restoring.

It will now restore the image for SteamOS

Once that finishes choose “reboot”

It will now boot into SteamOS


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Adding USB Drive to fstab For Apache /www Directory on Raspberry Pi

Apache permissions issue encountered while moving apache /var/www directory to /media/usbstick on the Raspberry Pi with Debian

Solution at http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-1448092.html

sudo blkid to find UUID of device
sudo mkdir /media/usbstick
vi /etc/fstab and add line
UUID=3C52-C8C5 /media/usbstick vfat user,umask=000,utf8,flush,noauto 0 0

(Make sure to replace the UUID in the line above above with your devices UUID)

Credit for solution goes to Morbius1 at ubuntuforums.org

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How To Create a Steam Big Picture Shortcut in Windows 8 Start Menu

This guide assumes the following.

NOTE: This batch script will close out of Steam and reopen it in Big Picture Mode. If you have a slow computer or you do not have Steam set to log in automatically at launch then this may not be a good solution for you.

Create a batch script and put it somewhere such as “C:\Users\YourNameHere\My Scripts\Steam Big Picture.bat”

The content of this batch script should be as follows.

@echo off
start /wait taskkill /F /IM steam.exe
start "" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe" -bigpicture

Create a shortcut at “C:\Users\YourNameHere\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\” and point it to the batch script created earlier.

Edit the properties of the shortcut and change the icon location to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe”

Now go into the Windows 8 menu and type “steam big picture” and it should search for the shortcut that we created. Right click the result and choose “Pint to Start”

You now have a link to open Steam in Big Picture Mode in your Windows 8 Start Menu.


VSphere 5.1 vCenter Console Slowdown

I have successfully upgraded a VSphere environment to 5.1 and everything seems to be working perfectly besides the fact that the console now takes upwards of 15 seconds before it comes into view from black. This is in contrast to the previous vCenter 5.0 server that I had configured with half the memory which took less than a few seconds to come into view from black.

It appears I am not the only one with the issue.

I have subscribed to the discussion mentioned and I will be sure to update this post if I find a solution.

VMware vCenter 5.1 Simple Install Fresh Installation SSL Error

UPDATE: I started another vCenter 5.1 server from scratch and installed all the components manually in the correct order. I was then able to log into the vCenter server through the vspher client. This server is now in production and appears to be working correctly.

vSphere 5.1 was released recently.

I tried setting up a new vCenter Server 5.1 on a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 server with the Simple Install option. Installed smoothly without error. Now unable to connect to new vCenter server with the following error. It appears I am not the only one with the issue. http://communities.vmware.com/thread/420143

I will be sure to update this post with the solution. I am about try installing without the Simple Install option.


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