Tuesday, October 24, 2017

[How-to] Install vCSA into VMware Workstation - Part 2

This article is the Part 2 continuation of the [How-to] Install vCSA into VMware Workstation series.

This How-to has multiple parts

It assumed you are following this guide in order, if you don't you are probably going to have a bad time.

Before we get started

This post is based off VMware Workstation 14 Pro, vCSA 6.5, and ESXi 6.5u1 - but the concepts should be pretty similar across other versions.

This guide assumes basic understanding of VMware ESXi, Unix, networking services, and the like, and as usual these instructions are provided as-is, no support or warranty is provided or implied. Consider thyself warned.

What do I need?

To begin you will need the following:
  1. VMware Workstation (ver. 8+) fully installed.
    This should also work with Fusion (ver. 4+) for you MacOS fans.
  2. vCSA iso (download from my.vmware.com)
  3. Enough Resources - vCSA will require:
    • 1 CPU / 1 Core (2/1 recommended)
    • 10gb of RAM (temp during build, can lower after first power up to 1gb)
    • Up to 230gb Disk (a fresh install takes up ~16gb of disk running at first boot, then about ~7gb assuming you've moved memory to 1gb and ~6gb when powered off)
  4. An ESX host to configure our vCSA to manage - [How-to] Installing ESXi in VMware Workstation.
  5. DNS entries, vCSA requires forward and reverse DNS entries for your appliance - if you don't have the infrastructure setup yet you can follow this guide - [How-to] Install your own HoL-like Control Center Server in VMware Workstation
  6. Licenses to make this all work (free trial or download from VMware)

Post Deploy Configuration of vCSA

1. Open the management interface website https://IPorNAME:5480. On some browsers you may receive a certificate error, feel free to add an exception/continue anyways depending on your browser. You should be prompted for your root password, enter it and watch the install process complete, yes this can take some time once complete (second screen), click Close as we want to change a few things here in the Management website.

2. You may or man not be prompted to login to the Appliance again, use your root password set during the ova deployment then click Login.
3. If all is good, the Health Status section should be all Green and Good. Click Access in the left Navigator.
4. Under Access enable SSH Login and Bash Shell by clicking the Edit Button, click Administration.
5. Under the Password Expiration Settings set the Root password expires to No, click Submit. You are now good to Logout, but feel free to explore the other options and make any changes you see fit.

6. Optional: if you want to alter the VM to be lab small, back at the console press (F12) and Shut Down the system with (F2). With the VM Powered Down Edit the Hardware and change the following:

  • Memory: 1024 MB
  • Processors: 1 Proc / 1 Core
Click OK and issue a Start Up Guest on your vCSA.

Next we move to the PSC configuration steps - Continue to Part 3: Configure the Platform Services Controller (PSC)

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