Here we going to see how to build VCSA in Vmware workstation.
- Installed VMware workstation setup with Esxi on it
- Download VCSA 6.0 ISO
First the vCenter download contains the OVA, but it is a little bit hidden. The guided installer will not help you here. You will need to mount or extract the downloaded ISO and look for vmware-vcsa in the vcsa/ folder.
Copy the vmware-vcsa file to a writable location (when just mounted the ISO) and rename vmware-vcsa to . And now we can import the ova to VMware Workstation. When the import finishes, do not start the VM yet. Certain values that are normally inserted via the vSphere Client or ovftool are to be appended to the VMX file of the imported VCSA. Open the vmx in the location where you let Workstation import the VM. Append the following lines:
Note: Change the net and vmdir/appliance.password options to the appropriate values for your environment.
If not appended when you start the VCSA an error: vmdir.password not set aborting installation is shown on the console (next to root password not set) and network connection will be dropped even if you configure these on the VCSA console (via F2).
Save the VMX file.
And now it is time to let it rip. Start up your engines. And be patience until…lo and behold:
And to check if the networking is accepting connections from a server in the same network segment open up the VCSA url in Chrome for example. After accepting the self signed certificate unsecure site (run away!) message you will (hopefully) see:
Next we can logon to the Web client (click and accept the unsecure connection/certificate) and logon via Administrator@and the password provided in the VMX (in the above example vmware-notsecurepassexample). As a bonus you now know where to look when you forget your lab VCSA password ;-).
(And now I notice the vCenter Operations Manager icon in the Web Client Home screen. Why is this not updated like vRealize Orchestrator 🙂 )