troubleshooting Question

How to deploy vCenter Server App

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Ralph ScharpingFlag for Germany asked on
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Hi,

back in the ESXi 5.x-era I used the vCenter App a lot.  It was easy:  Deploy the OVA-file, boot it up, connect with your browser, wait for the wizard to finish and off you go.
In 6.0 I believe the OVA App did not exist.  Since 6.5 it's back.  But:  It is major hassle to get it to work.  Maybe I didn't get something...

I deploy the OVA-file in ESXi.  My build is "VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.5.0.10000-5973321_OVF10.ova".
That part is easy.  It as asks for approval for the license-agreement - short wait and it's done.
If I boot up the VM afterwards, it takes a while on the command prompt, then it changes to the familiar VMware-screen.  But it does not show an IP.  After several minutes, it shows that changing password failed and thus RPM installation did not work.

If I try to change the password manually, I get "password change operation failed".
If I change it before, on command prompt, sometimes I get a bit further, I can set the VM to DHCP and actually access the web-wizard, but it fails at 2% saying it is installing the framework.

After some research I found this:
https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2016/10/how-to-deploy-the-vcenter-server-appliance-vcsa-6-5-running-on-vmware-fusion-workstation.html

Adding the relevant lines to my VMX-file does not seem to have any effect, though.

Any ideas?  I feel really stupid...

Thanks,
Ralph
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