Versions this guide is based on

EVE Image Name Downloaded Filename Version vCPUs vRAM
vcenter-6.5.0 VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-5973321.iso 6.5 2 10240

Other versions should also be supported following bellow's procedure.


Steps below are based on VM Ware vCenter 6.5 creation, for other image deployment, use proper names respectively.

1. Open or unzip VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-5973321.iso file to obtain VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance- source file. OVA file location in the ISO is: \VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-5973321\vcsa\

2. SSH to EVE and login as root, from cli and create temporary working directory abc:

mkdir abc
cd abc

3. Upload the obtained VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance- image to the EVE root/abc using for example FileZilla or WinSCP.

4. Extract OVA image, for further use we will need on ISO install CD which is inside OVA.

tar xvf VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-

5. Create image working directory vcenter-6.5.0:

mkdir /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/vcenter-6.5.0

6. Convert first 3 vmdk HDDs to the qcow2 format.

qemu-img convert -O qcow2 -c  VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-  /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/vcenter-6.5.0/sataa.qcow2
qemu-img convert -O qcow2 -c  VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-  /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/vcenter-6.5.0/satab.qcow2
qemu-img convert -O qcow2 -c  VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-  /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/vcenter-6.5.0/satac.qcow2

7. Go to image directory vcentre-6.5.0 and create additional HDDs

cd /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/vcenter-6.5.0/

qemu-img create -f qcow2 satad.qcow2 25G
qemu-img create -f qcow2 satae.qcow2 25G
qemu-img create -f qcow2 sataf.qcow2 10G
qemu-img create -f qcow2 satag.qcow2 10G
qemu-img create -f qcow2 satah.qcow2 15G
qemu-img create -f qcow2 satai.qcow2 10G
qemu-img create -f qcow2 sataj.qcow2 1G
qemu-img create -f qcow2 satak.qcow2 10G
qemu-img create -f qcow2 satal.qcow2 10G
qemu-img create -f qcow2 satam.qcow2 100G

8. Delete temporary directory abc and fix permissions

rm -rf abc
/opt/unetlab/wrappers/unl_wrapper -a fixpermissions

NOTE: First time boot of image please setup root password, IPv4 management IP address. Disable IPv6 management IP address. Give time vCenter start services till you will see http://your_vcenter_mgmt_ip:5480

using any browser login to to IP above and follow vCenter installation instruction