Objective 1.1 Topics:
Configure Kernel Boot Parameters for scripted install according to a deployment plan:
- Modify scripted weasel install (ks.cfg)
- Create / Modify scripted installation
Modify Scripted Weasel Install (ks.cfg)
The kickstarter script is located in the /etc/vmware/weasel/kg.cfg directory on the ESXi host.This is the default installation script the performs a standard installation to the first detected disk.
We can specify the location of the default ks.cfg file with the ks=file://etc/vmware/weasel/ks.cfg boot option.
When you install ESXi using the ks.cfg script, the default root password is ‘mypassword’ (no quotes)
You cannot modify the default script on the installation media. After the installation, you can use the vSphere Web Client to log in to the vCenter Server that manages the ESXi host and modify the default settings.
The default script contains the following commands:
# Accept the VMware End User License Agreement
# Set the root password for the DCUI and Tech Support Mode
# Install on the first local disk available on machine
install –firstdisk –overwritevmfs
# Set the network to DHCP on the first network adapter
network –bootproto=dhcp –device=vmnic0
# A sample post-install script
%post –interpreter=python –ignorefailure=true
stampFile = open(‘/finished.stamp’, mode=’w’)
stampFile.write( time.asctime() )
Resource/More detailed information: vSphere Installation Setup Guide (page 50)
Create / Modify Scripted Installation
We completed much of this task in the VCP6 Objective 8.1 which can be viewed below: