Configuring the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA)

Here are the vMA Regquirements:

Hardware requirements: 
AMD Opteron, rev E or later Intel Processors with EM64T and VT enabled

Software requirements the following: 

•    vSphere 4.0 Update 2 or later
•    vSphere 4.1 and 5.0
•    vCenter Server 4.0 Update 2 or later
•    vCenter Server 4.1 and 5.0

By default, vMA uses the following:
•    One virtual processor
•    600MB of RAM
•    3GB virtual disk

My vMA Virtual Machine is deployed successfully,  now its time to configure the appliance. When you start the vMA. The appliance can be configured either by opening a Virtual Machine console to the appliance or by pointing a Web browser to the appliance.

The vi-admin account is the administrative account on the vMA appliance and was created by default. During the initial power-on, you are prompted to choose a password for this user account.
Although the vMA appliance is Linux-based Operating System, logging in as root has been disabled.

So, Lets start the vMA Configuration:

As you can see from the following boot Menu, the vMA was based on the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1.

At the following screen, it is asking me to whether you need the IPV6 address, press y/n:

Use a DHCPv4 server instead of a Static IPV4 Address? y/n [n] :
Provide the necessary IP information for the VMA to communicate in the Network.

Once the information is validated, it will prompt you to change the password for the vi-admin account. When prompted for an Old password just hit enter and then proceed with setting the credentials for the vi-admin user.

Once the password is changed  you will see the following screen and your vMA is ready for use.


Now, the vMA configuration is completed.

Here is what you see  when you log in to the vMA with the Internet Explorer:

Thanks for reading.

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