So you may have found yourself deploying a VM Linux Server such as Redhat, CentOS or Ubuntu in VMware and wondering why isnt my hostname customization and making changes with the customization.

Without going into a long drawn-out explanation of why. What you need to know is that without the Native VMware tools (which is terrible for maintaining) you have to use cloud-init to bridge the customization profile in VMware to work.

I think this was actually a smart move on VMware’s part to leverage an already well-known bootstrap program.

So long story short. If you are using open-vm-tools and you customize your hostname and other aspects using VMware’s guest customization, you need cloud-init in order to do this.



This is installed by doing the following on your template.
# yum install -y cloud-init

Make sure that you check those settings like allowing password auth if you are going to need it, and disable cloud-init after the initial boot.

See  this article  for fixing those settings:


Have fun deploying your server minions

Ben Tuma