vMA Install and Setup

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This tutorial will provide you with the necessary steps to install and setup vSphere Management Assistant – vMA

The VMware vSphere Management Assistant, vMA, can be downloaded from VMware by click here and selecting your release version on the right hand side. In this tutorial I will be using version 4.1.0

Installation and Setup of vMA

1. Once you have downloaded the vMA OVF file from VMware via the link above, launch your vCenter Console and click on the file menu – Deploy OVF Template.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

2. Browse to where you have saved your vMA OVF file and click Next.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

3. A summary is displayed of the vMA appliance. Click Next.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

4. Click Accept to Accept the End User License Agreement and then click Next.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

5. Pick a Folder that you wish to store the virtual appliance in and click Next.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

6. Select the host or cluster that you wish to run the vMA appliance on. Click Next.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

7. Select the Resource Pool or vApp that you wish to deploy the vMA appliance into. Click Next.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

8. Select the Datastore that you wish to install vMA into and click Next.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

9. Select Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed, Thick Provision Eager Zeroed or Thin Provision. My options are greyed out here as my datastore is an NFS volume that is thin provisioned on Netapp Storage SAN. Click Next.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

10. A summary of your settings are displayed. Click Finish.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

11. Deployment of vMA is successful. Click Close.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

12. Power up the vMA appliance and open a console window. Enter in your IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway Address, Primary and Secondary DNS IP Addresses and Hostname.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

13. A summary of your settings are displayed, type yes and press enter.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

14. The root user account is disabled by default, so you must use the user vi-admin. Type in a new password for vi-admin.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

15. Your vSphere Management Assistant vMA virtual appliance is now ready for use.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

16. You can now open up putty or your ssh client and successfully connect through to your vMA appliance.


vSphere Management Assistant vMA install

Disclaimer:
All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.