if you came across this post then you’ll probably had the problem that the vCenter installation became stuck around the 80%, with the text “Installing RPM This may take several minutes…”.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t take minutes but several hours until it figures out that it got an issue and it just stops. Like this screen:
After that, you won’t get a prompt to enroll the PSC, and if you open the console of the vm, you’ll see the following as well.
What this means is that you just got unlucky and that you most probably downloaded a bad ISO build. There are ways to fix this (you can patch the deployment), but honestly, it is much better to just download a different ISO build that doesn’t contain this issue and do the installation again. This way, you’re sure there are no weird or bad configuration issues that will stay behind, and you’re most probably also much quicker in finishing the deployment (on a normal way). VMware has covered this also in the following kb. https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/51124?docid=57387
According to the documentation, the root password had a 365day expiration date, but it keeps the build date as his point of time reference, not the initial time of the deployment. In the kb you can find the builds that are being affected with this issue. The build that I had that showed this issue was 6816762. Check the KB, so that you are sure you don’t have one of the problematic builds.
Ah well, at least you know now that it isn’t your fault, and that you can stop rechecking all your settings over and over again. Just like I did 😑😉.
If you get this error:
Or This Error:
Then it means that you don’t have properly set up your DNS, or that it cannot reach it.
In my case, I configured the wrong DNS server during installation, and apparently that doesn’t work 😅. Only way to solve this, is to redeploy your appliance with the right IP settings. Other then that, if you forgot to create a DNS record before deployment, then you probably can still restore that, if the IP address of your DNS is correct, by rechecking the DNS during the Deployment of the PSC. And while we’re at it, selecting the wrong portgroup for the vm will give a similar effect.
So the sum it up, the following can ruin the deployment of your vCenter:
- Wrong Network settings or DNS configured incorrectly
- Wrong DNS server during deployement, no DNS record, wrong default Gateway
- Wrong Portgroup selected or DNS is just not accessible through the selected network
- Wrong ISO build
- Check the kb before Deployment.
Hope this helps 😉
Samir is the author of vSAM.Pro & a Life enthusiast who works as a consultant in the field of IT. With a great passion for Tech & Personal Development, he loves to help people with their problems, but also inspire them with a positive outlook on life.
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