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Apr 09, 2020

Deployed the OVF to an small host for testing prior to a large scale deployment, but unable to get the template to work.

Deployed into a standalone host ESXi 6.7u3. Configured as a small (test host only has a 4core CPU).

Tried DHCP and fixed IP details. OVF deploys and gets an IP address, but thats it. I am unable to log in the console via root. (password incorrect) even though I set it on the options.

Also the F@H console does not pop up and the VM sits at a log in prompt.

Any ideas?

Appliance 1.0.2 was used.

Apr 09, 2020

Hey Andy,

Had a similiar problem awhile back deploying an OVA. How are you deploying it from a local host machine to upload? If so, check the permission on the folder where the OVA is.

Add the following permission to the folder, add new user, type in "everyone" check name, then give that group modify permissions.

That fixed my problem with deploying the ova from my local machine.

Also on the password thing, you are not setting up the root password (when you deploy it), it has to be the root password for the ESXi host.

Apr 07, 2020

I dont have a current license for VMware workstation. It is possible to run this on VMware player ?

Apr 09, 2020

Looking at the documentation which I found, it should be possible. Would be interesting to hear your progress.

Apr 07, 2020
Apr 07, 2020

As some others I get 'vghetto-photonos login:' after start of the VMWare. Still don't know what to put there. I'm using VMWare Workstation 15.5 Pro running on Win10. Don't know the tool 'OVF'...
Any hint for a non professional VMWare user? ;-)

Apr 07, 2020


This usually happens because either the input you entered may not have been correct or you omitted some values. Unlike vSphere, Fusion and Workstation does not process empty values and that ends up causing issues. Make sure you fill out all properties when deploying via the UI as we've got number of folks who have gotten this to work on both hosted platforms

Apr 09, 2020

OK, found the reason. It doesn't work to enter the password when there is already the shell is asking 'vghetto-photonos login'. The Password 'VMware1!' needs already to be entered at the initial configuration screen during the first run of the VM.

Apr 09, 2020

Yes, there might be folks which get it running successfully, my hope was to get hints to reach the same ...
There are several property fields showing up when I initially run the machine. Some are empty.
But e.g. on a Win10 system there is no OS root password, so I would expect it's about the client/VM side OS credential and not on the host (Win10) side. Maybe the VMWare Workstation doesn't extract this information from the OVA file. A hint about this would be appreciated.

Apr 06, 2020

For those of you using vSphere 7.0, be careful if you are using resource groups, in particular the scaling feature. I deployed my folding appliances while on 6.7 and had set custom share counts on the RP and VMs. Upgrading to 7.0 and enabling the scaling option didn't go well and crippled my cluster.