This is a easy-to-follow setup and config guide for of Cacti (Source install) on CentOS and Red Hat flavour OS. The setup is straightforward as it does not evolve any source code compiling but instead just a MySQL db setup and configuring users and permissions. The setup requires a user to have Root access to a Linux host.

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It is possible to use DCUI (Direct Console User Interface) via SSH session to ESXi. At the command prompt just type in "dcui" and then you would be able to see the same screen as given below. You need to resize the SSH window BIG enough otherwise the DCUI window tends to crash if you resize after logging in. You can restore the console session by pressing Ctrl+C.

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This article will explain how to go about installing VMWare Tools for CentOS/Red hat v6 & above. The install can be done via SSH Putty session but the recommended method is doing it via VMware console session and reason being that as it updates drivers that include Network there is a chance you might get disconnected during the process.

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