Running on Windows

rlane edited this page Apr 21, 2011 · 5 revisions

RVC works best on a Unix-like operating system, but it works well enough on Windows to be useful.

Eric Sloof has a screencast showing how to install RVC 1.2 on Windows: http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/1738-Video-Latest-fling-from-VMware-Labs-Ruby-vSphere-Console.html. The installation procedure is unchanged, but RVC should work better now than it did back then.

There is also a standalone Windows binary available: https://github.com/downloads/vmware/rvc/rvc-1.3.6.exe. This contains Ruby and all the dependencies.

Instructions:

  • Install the latest Ruby from rubyinstaller.org. Tell it to put Ruby in your path.
  • Open a command prompt.
  • If necessary, configure a proxy with a command like set http_proxy=http://proxy.example.com:8080.
  • gem install rvc --no-ri --no-rdoc
  • rvc hostname

Things that still don't work:

  • Colors.
  • Task progress bars.
  • Tab completing paths with spaces.
  • Operations that spawn an editor unless EDITOR is set or you have vi installed.