Installing vSphere Management Assistant (vMA6)

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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 : 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
    • Hostname
    • DNS
    • 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/ add -s <server> -t <ESXi thumbprint> 



Thanks for reading






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