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You can deploy an on-prem host directly on ESXi as an OVF Template.

Deploying OVA via VMware 6.5.0

To deploy OVA via VMware 6.5.0, complete the following:

  1. Connect to VMware vSphere Client 6.5.0.

  2. Select the OVA image downloaded from the Cloud Services Portal. Click Next

  3. Verify the OVF Template Details. Click Next

  4. Specify the Name and Location for the deployment image. Click Next

  5. Select the Resource Pool. Click Next.
  6. Select the Storage where the virtual machine is stored. Click Next

  7. Select the Disk Format. Click Next.

  8. Configure the Network Mapping. Click Next.

  9. Customize the image for this deployment in Properties. Click Next.

  10. Verify the configuration in the Ready to Complete screen. Check the Power on after deployment box to launch the virtual machine. 

  11. Click Finish.
  12. Note the IP address shown on the VM Console.

  13.  Launch the bootstrap UI using the IP address shown in the console and with Login = admin and Password = the last 8 characters of the Product serial number.
    Click Login.

  14. Specify the  IP, Join Token, and other required configuration, and then click Apply, as shown below:

  15. The on-prem host is also visible on the Cloud Services Portal, as shown below:


You can perform the preceding steps directly on the virtual machine without connecting to the virtual machine with the VMware vSphere Client. 

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