Greetings friends, on certain occasions it is highly recommended to deploy an instance of VCSA 6.5 in our lab outside of our Homelab, using tools such as VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion, so that we have our own VCSA VM on our computer, and we can play with it, apply patches, test new features, or even bring an entire nested environment.
Congratulations, since VMware Fusion 10 and VMware Workstation 12, we natively support the deployment of VCSA 6.5 on these tools (without having to edit complicated files, or use Converter), let’s go with the Blog.
Critical, vital, indispensable step – DNS, DNS and DNS
I have read in several articles, and lived in my own meats Castellanas, the failure to deploy VCSA 6.5. x in VMware Fusion without this step, it is indispensable to have a valid DNS entry for this new VM, and to have the PTR record also for the installation to be completed correctly:
Deploying VCSA 6.5. x on VMware Fusion 10 – in video
Deploying VCSA 6.5. x on VMware Fusion 10 – in pictures
The first thing we will have to do is download the ISO of VCSA 6.5U1c, or higher, from the official VMware website:
Once downloaded, we mount the ISO in our OS X where we will see a folder called vcsa:
In System Configuration we can also configure the root password for VCSA 6.5. x, with which we can enter the appliance FAMI, if we want to enable feedback to VMware and of course the domain, very important!
We will be able to go to our FAMI console, https://VCSAIP:5480 and enter root and the password we have selected previously. Once inside, we can see that it is self-configuring without the need for us to do anything (this process takes about 30-45 minutes depending on your hardware and the virtual hardware selected):
Logins in FAMI, vSphere Web Client and vSphere Client HTML5
We can already start to open the different URLs to see if everything is ok, the first one is the IP of FAMI https://HOSTNAME:5480 where we will see that all the services are up, and that we have the latest version, from here we can make backups or try everything:
I think you will like these links once you have your VCSA 6.5. x on your VMware Fusion: