In preparation for my VCAP6-DCV Deploy study I decided to install vSphere Management Assistant (vMA6) , and i thought its a good idea to write a post on the subject.
You will need to download the zip file from VMware website : https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=VMA600&productId=490 and also its a good idea to download the vSphere Management Assistant Guide.
Here are the steps to install and configure vMA: (At this point I am installing it on my Virtual VMware workstation lab but will change it later to my physical lab)
- After deploying the OVF power On the VM and look at the console you will be able to configure the followings:
- Default Gateway
- Proxy Server
- IP address for eth0
- When done configuring the networking you will be prompt to enter password for vi-admin (the password for old password is vmware)
Now we can configure the following:
- Add our vMA to the domain
- Add vi-user account
- Add vCenter
- Add ESXi hosts
To add the vMA to the domain run the following command: sudo domainjoin-cli join <domian-name> <domain-admin-user> , you will be prompt to enter the domain admin user password.
Add vi-user account : As part of configuration, vMA creates a vi-user account with no password. However, you cannot use the vi-user account until you have specified a vi-user password. used the following command: sudo passwd vi-user
To add vCenter to the server list run the following command: vifp addserver <server> –authpolicy fpauth –username <admin user>
You repeat the same command for ESXi hosts but with different username (root)
To see the list of server connected run the following command: vifp listservers
To connect and run a command on the hosts run the following command: vifptarget -s <host>
before you can run the above command you will need to add the ESXi host thumbprint to the certificate store on the vCenter : /usr/lib/vmware-vcli/apps/general/credstore_admin.pl add -s <server> -t <ESXi thumbprint>
Thanks for reading