Running vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 in Fusion

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I am doing some simple tests at home and I am running the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 in Fusion. In order to get it working there are a couple of tricks I have to perform, I find myself resorting to the same blogs over and over again so I figured I would just put it all on my own blog in a single location so I can simply copy/past where needed and don’t need to hit multiple sources.

First, deployment of vCenter Server in Fusion:

  • Download the vCenter Server Appliance ISO
  • Mount the appliance in OSX
  • Copy the file “vmware-vcsa” from the folder “vcsa”
  • Add “.ova” to the file by renaming it
  • Open fusion go to “File” and “Import” the OVA but don’t start it
  • Edit the “vmx” file of the VM you just created
    • Typically stored under Documents –> Virtual Machines
    • I edit them using vi through the terminal as that is what I’ve used for the last decade or so. The path for me looks something like this:
    • /Users/depping/Documents/Virtual Machines.localized/vmware-vcsa-2800571.vmwarevm
  • You will need to add a bunch of entries, I lifted these from William’s site of course… Thanks William
    guestinfo.cis.deployment.node.type = “embedded”
    guestinfo.cis.vmdir.domain-name = “vsphere.local” = “vsphere”
    guestinfo.cis.vmdir.password = “VMware1!” = “ipv4” = “” = “” = “24” = “static” = “” = “”
    guestinfo.cis.appliance.root.passwd = “VMware1!”
    guestinfo.cis.appliance.ssh.enabled = “true”

Now I want to update vCenter Server, 6.0 in this instance, was described by Ryan Johnson recently, I tweaked it to meet my own needs

  • Download the patch:
    • Note that this isn’t the regular ISO file, the filename should look something like this: VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance- (6.0U1)
  • Mount the ISO through Fusion
  • SSH in to the vCenter Server:
    • ssh root@
  • Now from the command run the “software-packages” command and let it use the ISO you just mounted
    • software-packages install –iso  –acceptEulas
  • This upgrade  will take a couple of minutes usually, in my case it took about 7 minutes to complete, next you will need to reboot the vCenter Server:
    • shutdown reboot -r updates

That’s it… easy right.

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