VMware ESX Installation Procedures

1. Install ESX from ISO
  • Putty
  • Rufus
  • MWware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-2562643.iso
  • VMware-viclient.exe
  • KVM console (ie. Lantronix)
2. Install vCenter Appliance
  • Download vSphere client for Windows
  • Add ntp servers: pool.ntp.org, etc.
  • Set automatically start and stop with host
  • set DNS to point toward target vCenter Appliance
  • #vi /etc/hosts  (edit this file to include the IP address of the vCenter Appliance)
  • Mount ISO and run  E:\vsca\VMware-ClientintegrationPlugins-6.0.0.exe and E:\vcsa-setup.html
  • install certificate at /var/lib/vmware/vmca/root.cer
3. Install other appliances
  • OpenVPN
  • CyberPower (USP graceful shutdowns)
  • Veeam Endpoint Backup
  • OpenDNS Umbrella + integration with Active Directory (or just add DNS forwarders to AD DNS:,
  • ScreenConnect
  • Snort
  • Squid
  • pfSense
Other things:
ESX change password complexity requirement:
1. Enable support mode
vim-cmd hostsvc/enable_ssh
vim-cmd hostsvc/start_ssh
vi /etc/pam.d/passwd
password requisite /lib/security/$ISA/pam_passwdqc.so retry=8,8,8,7,7
2. Increase the maximum number of VMs per core (1024 cores per CPU x 2 = 2048 possible VMs)
esxcli system settings kernel set -s maxVCPUsPerCore -v 1024
esxcli system settings kernel set -s maxVMs -v 1024

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