6 Replies Latest reply on May 24, 2019 11:26 AM by darrenoid

    Ubuntu 18.04 deployment fails - guest customization issues

    afragop Lurker

      Dear community

       

      Good evening.

       

      I have created a BP which uses an image component profile based on Ubuntu 18.04 template; any deployment that I have tried so far fails.

      Following a lot of troubleshooting it looks like that the correct IP settings aren't configured towards the guest customization process of the OS, so underlying vRO workflows don't execute, thus deployment fails.

       

      Any ideas here? Has anyone managed to create a BP based on Ubuntu 18.04?

      I suspect that the issue is related with the netplan...

       

      All my ESXi hosts are on 6.5U2, vCenter server is 6.5.0f, using vRA 7.5

       

      Thanks in advance for any help.

       

      Tasos

        • 1. Re: Ubuntu 18.04 deployment fails - guest customization issues
          qc4vmware Expert

          I'm pretty sure you are hitting a VMware customization issue.  We had to work around this at one point from what I remember.  First thing I'd make sure you have the most recent version of the VMware open tools installed in the image.  If you already do or try and it doesn't work you may end up needing to work around.  I'm not sure what your workflows are doing but you should still be able to run commands within the guest os.  It sounds like you are running commands via ssh or some other method dependent on the networking being up.  I think in our workaround we actually updated the network configuration and restarted the networking.  You should be able to easily do this with an event subscription. 

           

          So, try a manual deployment/customization, straight from vCenter and see if that works.  If not you can try my suggestions above and you may need to open a support case with VMware.  If you can manually deploy one using the same customization spec you've specified within vRA then that would be odd to me.

           

          Paul

          • 2. Re: Ubuntu 18.04 deployment fails - guest customization issues
            qc4vmware Expert

            I found what we did to work around the issue... try putting this into your template build process or just manually remove the information before you convert it to a template

             

            # if this is ubuntu or other system using systemd remove hardware info from interfaces file

            # vmware customization exits out if it can't find an interface that matches the current hwaddress

            # which will be different after a clone

            if [ -e /etc/network/interfaces ]

            then

               sed -i -e '/hwaddress/d' /etc/network/interfaces

            fi

            • 4. Re: Ubuntu 18.04 deployment fails - guest customization issues
              afragop Lurker

              Thanks

               

              I tried this KB but still guest customization fails.

               

              T.

              • 5. Re: Ubuntu 18.04 deployment fails - guest customization issues
                afragop Lurker

                Thanks for the workaround.

                 

                I tested but it doesn't resolve the error - still guest customization fails.

                 

                T.

                • 6. Re: Ubuntu 18.04 deployment fails - guest customization issues
                  darrenoid Enthusiast

                  I used this article for my Ubuntu 18.04 template and it customizes correctly:

                   

                  https://jimangel.io/post/create-a-vm-template-ubuntu-18.04/

                   

                  The issue I faced was that all cloned machines would come up with the same IP address. This was related to Ubuntu using the /etc/machine-id for DHCP leases instead of mac addresses. To get around this I truncated the /etc/machine-id value before shutting down and converting to a template. After the article above was updated to include:

                   

                  # set dhcp to use mac - this is a little bit of a hack but I need this to be placed under the active nic settings

                  # also look in /etc/netplan for other config files

                  sed -i 's/optional: true/dhcp-identifier: mac/g' /etc/netplan/50-cloud-init.yaml

                   

                  Which is a better solution IMO.

                   

                  I am also using vcenter 6.7 U2. I think Ubuntu 18.04 is only officially supported for guest customization after 6.5 U2.

                   

                  Have you tried manually cloning from the template in vcenter and then checking the guest customization logs and inspecting the networking config after the clone?