Deploy VCSA 6 in VMware Workstation

Today, when i decided to try my hands on vSphere 6, first thing i did after downloading all the needed software was to try deploying VCSA in VMware Workstation. Well, i was not successful in doing that and hence i am here writing this. So lets see how we can do that…

Once you download the VCSA iso, extract it to a folder using any archive file extractor (i use WinRar). Once done, navigate to the vcsa folder and you should see a huge 2 Gig file named vmware-vcsa. Add extension .ova to the file and you should be able to open this now with Workstation.

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Import the ova into Workstation and do not power on the VM yet.

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Open the vmx file of the deployed VM with a text editor(look for vmx in your VM location folder) and add the guestinfo.cis lines as below. See that the IP addresses and DNS match your network. Save it.

guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.addr.family = "ipv4"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.mode = "static"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.addr = "192.168.5.5"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.prefix = "24"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.gateway = "192.168.5.1"
guestinfo.cis.vmdir.password = "vmware"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.root.passwd = "vmware"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.time.tools-sync = "True"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.ssh.enabled = "True"

Update: Incase of VCSA 6.5 use below

guestinfo.cis.deployment.node.type = "embedded"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.addr.family = "ipv4"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.mode = "static"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.pnid = "vcsa.vmmaster.lab"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.addr = "192.168.5.5"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.prefix = "24"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.gateway = "192.168.5.1"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.dns.servers = "192.168.190.3"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.root.passwd = "VMware1!"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.ssh.enabled = "True"
guestinfo.cis.deployment.autoconfig = "True"
guestinfo.cis.vmdir.password = "VMware1!"
guestinfo.cis.vmdir.site-name = "site"
guestinfo.cis.vmdir.domain-name = "vsphere.local"
guestinfo.cis.ceip_enabled = "False"

Now Power ON the VM and it should configure itself with the needed settings. Takes time to finish, have a break!

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You can access the vCenter Appliance using the IP address you configured. In my case i use http://192.168.5.5/vsphere-client.

Use administrator@vsphere.local and password vmware to login to the web client.

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To create new users, click on Administration section on the left hand pane and click on Users and Groups.

Hope this was informative. Thanks!

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