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How to deploy VCSA 6.0 on VMware workstation ?

VMware VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) 6.0 has eliminated the previous releases limitations and issues. Now VCSA 6.0 is able to provide the all the features what the Windows vCenter servers is providing currently. In other words , there is no difference between Windows vCenter and VCSA. So it s up to the customer to choose what they need on their environment. VMware has changed the way of deploying the VCSA completely and its not straight forward to deploy in VMware workstation/Fusion. But its quite easy when you deploy as VM in VMware ESXi host. In this article ,we will see that how to deploy the VMware  VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) 6.0 on VMware workstation.

Task:1

1. Download the VCSA 6.0 from VMware website.

Download VCSA 6.0 from VMware
Download VCSA 6.0 from VMware

 

2. Use the power ISO to extract the ISO file or you can mount the ISO file on the virtual CD drive.

After Extracting the ISO
After Extracting the ISO

 

3. Navigate to vcsa directory.

VMware VCSA
VMware VCSA

 

4. By Default, vmware-vcsa file be without extension of “.ova” .  Just rename the file “vmware-vcsa” as “vmware-vcsa.ova”.

Make it as OVA
Make it as OVA

 

5. Open the VMware workstation 10 . Click on File -> Open .

VMware workstation Open
VMware workstation Open

 

6.Select the file “vmware-vcsa.ova”

Storage path for VCSA
Storage path for VCSA
Importing the OVA
Importing the OVA

 

7.Accept the License.

Accept the License

 

8.The new VM will be created like below.  Do not power on the VM.

VM is created
VM is created

 

9.Edit the VM’s vmx file.

Edit the vmx file
Edit the vmx file

Add the below lines in the end of the vmx file and save it .

guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.addr.family = "ipv4"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.mode = "static"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.addr = "172.25.2.150"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.prefix = "24"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.net.gateway = "172.25.2.190"
guestinfo.cis.vmdir.password = "VMware1!"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.root.passwd = "VMware1!"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.time.tools-sync = "True"
guestinfo.cis.appliance.ssh.enabled = "True"

According to the above mentioned configuration, VM VCSA’s IP address will be “172.25.2.150” and gateway will be “172.25.2.190”.  The root password will be set to “VMware1!” .  Please change these information according to your environment in the vmx file.

 

10. Edit the VM’s  network settings to “host only” or “NAT” based on your requirement.

change the network settings of VM
change the network settings of VM

 

11. Power on the VM .

VM VCSA 6.0 is booting
VM VCSA 6.0 is booting

VCSA is booting .

VM VCSA 6.0 booting
VM VCSA 6.0 booting

 

12. System performs lot of configuration automatically.

VCSA auto-config
VCSA auto-config

 

13. System is completely up now. The post configuration can be done by accessing the URL.

VCSA Home Page
VCSA Home Page

 

14. Access the Link from your Desktop/Laptop Browser.  Click on “Login to vSphere Web Client”  (Here the link is https://172.25.2.150/)

VMware VCSA - Home
VMware VCSA – Home

 

You need to wait for sometime to initialize the vCenter services to come up once VCSA 6.0  is up .  Sometimes you will get black page or something like below.  Be patience.

 

vSphere Client web server in intializing
vSphere Client web server in initializing

 

15. Once the vCenter services are up , you will  get a login page like below .

Login screen
Login screen

 

Once you login to the webclient , you will get the screen like .

Home - VMware vSphere
Home – VMware vSphere

We have successfully deployed the VMware VCSA 6.0 on VMware workstation. Hope this article is helpful to you.

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3 comments

  1. Awesome,! was ale to deploy in single shot… thank you!

  2. This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality.
    This is very nice one and gives in depth information.

  3. Excellent article. Very well written and easy to follow instructions.

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