Automated VCSA 6.7 Install using CLI
So easy it will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy
This post is an extention of my ESXi setup, usually what I do after the host is up.
We will use a file to automate 100% of the configuration.
Our goal is to make this process easy, boring, and repeatable.
- ESXi 6.7 U2 Host
- Ubuntu or similar PC
Get the vCenter ISO
Covered in an earlier post. Get the ISO any way you’d like.
Put the ISO in your
~/Downloads folder if you plan on following my exact commands
Create the config file
First mount the VCSA ISO locally and then create a custom JSON config that will be used.
Mount the ISO
mkdir /vcsa sudo mount -o loop ~/Downloads/VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-13010631.iso /vcsa
We will be using vCenter (VCSA) with an embedded PSC controller. If you’re wondering what the heck PCS is, you can learn more about it here.
The ISO will contain a few templates for us to copy and modify. Other options for VCSA and PCS can be found here.
Copy and edit the json config
cp /vcsa/vcsa-cli-installer/templates/install/embedded_vCSA_on_ESXi.json /tmp/config.json # ! OPTIONAL ! # If you want to start with my exact config: curl -L https://gist.github.com/jimangel/8d5869a4be139e631a310e2bfe4d8b81/raw > /tmp/config.json
Validate the template without installling
/vcsa/vcsa-cli-installer/lin64/vcsa-deploy install \ --accept-eula \ --verify-template-only \ /tmp/config.json
If you plan on using FQDN for the vCenter hostname, make sure the address resolves without fail.
nslookup -nosearch -nodefname _FQDN_or_IP_address_
Install VCSA to your ESXi host
Run the installation
/vcsa/vcsa-cli-installer/lin64/vcsa-deploy install \ --accept-eula \ --acknowledge-ceip \ --terse \ --no-ssl-certificate-verification \ /tmp/config.json
If you run into any issues, you can replace
Validate vCenter install
Navigate to the vCenter FQDN_or_IP_address in your browser and log in. Don’t forget to use the propper
# The root user for VCSA is `administrator` User: email@example.com Password: R00tp@ssw0rd!
You’re now ready to deploy some VMs! The biggest reason I setup VCSA is to leverage https://github.com/vmware/govmomi which is a goLang API interface to vSphere.
I plan on revisting this post and adding in LetsEncrypt SSL certificates and VMware licenses in