Thursday, October 26, 2017

[How-to] Install vCSA into VMware Workstation - Part 4

This article is the Part 4 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
  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)

Licensing your Lab

1. Click the Home button, then Hosts and Clusters or press (Ctrl-Alt-2).

2. Click your your vCSA appliance (vcsa01a.lab.local) under Navigator, then click the license icon (looks like a badge) in the middle pane.
3. Click the Green + to add your license(s).
4. In the Enter license keys screen, enter at minimum your vCenter license, you can enter all your licenses here and they will be ready for future steps, I'd recommend your vCenter and vSphere licenses, click Next when ready. Note: You will receive a warning after clicking next for any non-vCenter license entered here, just click Yes - they will be in the system when you need them.
5. Give your licenses friendly names, click Next.
6. Verify your licenses are good, click Finish.
7. Finally select the new license you wish to use, if you have multiple select the one you prefer and click OK.

Next we move to the Adding your first ESXi Host - Continue to Part 5: Adding your first ESXi Host

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