HP iLO Amplifier Pack – Installing VMware Tools

HP iLO Amplifier Pack – Installing VMware Tools

We recently installed the iLO Amplifier Pack at work. HP ships this software as a way to easily manage their servers from a central location. The interface looks nice, however they really lock you out of the virtual machine and limit the command line. This presents a major annoyance because they decided to ship this OVA file without installing VMware tools or open-vm-tools.

I did a little digging around through the Veeam backup and discovered the virtual machine was running Debian 9.5. HP pretty much locks out the Administrator account by not assigning the user a shell and using ForceCommand within the sshd_config configuration.

ForceCommand /opt/wolfram/bin/wcli

I was able to install open-vm-tools by booting into the Debian Live CD and using change root to modify the virtual machine environment. We don’t have DHCP on the server network, so I had to set an IP address and DNS server. Make sure the live environment has access to the network before continuing.

sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
sudo chroot /mnt

nano /etc/apt/source.list
apt update
apt install open-vm-tools

I confirmed VMware tools was running after rebooting the machine.

I also discovered a couple other things that I will write another post about some day…

HP – In the meantime, please consider shipping this OVA file with open-vm-tools. It is pretty rare to run into a situation where it is not included.

6/13/19 – As of right now the OVA is running Debian Stretch and the sources.list should look like the one below.

This post was written on release 1.30

3 thoughts on “HP iLO Amplifier Pack – Installing VMware Tools

  1. This helped me out, I appreciate your post. I recently deployed the AMP pack, and had hit up Google to see what others were doing about the missing tools. I hadn’t even thought of liveboot/chroot, kudos on slick workaround.

  2. Hello, do i need to add something to the sources.list?Mine is empty and if i do apt update after checking some files it shows: E: The repository “‘file:/mnt/ram/swupdate/tmp/packages Release’ does not have a release file. N: Updating from such a repository can’t be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default. N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.”

    When i try apt install open-vm-tools it says:
    “Package open-vm-tools is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source.
    E: Package ‘open-vm-tools’ has no installation candidate.”

    Could you please help me?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Patrick,

      I’m sorry for the late reply. I updated the post to include a screenshot of the sources.list file. As long as the virtual machine has an active network then that should work for you.

      Let me know if anything else comes up.



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