Friday, October 27, 2017

[How-to] Install vCSA into VMware Workstation - Part 5

This article is the Part 5 finale 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)

Adding your first ESXi Host

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 Add Datacenter button (skyscraper).
3. Fill in your Datacenter name, click OK.
4. Right click your new Datacenter, left click Add Host...
5. Type your ESXi Host name or IP address, click Next.
6. Enter your User name and Password to connect to the host, click Next.
7. Confirm your host's SHA1 thumbprint is correct, click Yes.
8. Validate everything looks good, click Next.
9. Select the correct Host License (or add a new one if you didn't add it previously), click Next.
10. This choice is yours, for a lab leaving it Disabled is fine, otherwise set how you like and click Next.
11. Set the Datacenter as your VM Location, click Next.
12. Verify the information on the final screen, click Finish.

Congratulations, you now have a fully functional Vmware vCenter Server Appliance installed in Vmware Workstation!

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