ESXi

The ESXi Cloud type enables managing and provisioning to ESXi hosts, even without the ESXi API enabled.

Important

The VMware ESXi integration is for adding a single ESXi / vSphere Hypervisor host. If you have vCenter please use the VMWare vCenter cloud type for full vSphere integraiton features.

To get started with VMware ESXi, simply add a VMware ESXi Cloud in either the Infrastructure -> Clouds or Infrastructure -> Groups section.

  1. Select + Create Cloud Button
  2. Select ESXi from the Add Cloud modal
  3. Select NEXT
  4. Provide the following information.
    • Cloud Name
    • ESXi Host name or IP address
    • Username ( This is normally root )
    • Password

Note

If you receive the message “Error! Invalid cloud config” Please ensure you have ssh enabled on the ESXi host.

Advanced Options

DOMAIN
Specify a default domain for instances provisioned to this Cloud.
SCALE PRIORITY
Only affects Docker Provisioning. Specifies the priority with which an instance will scale into the cloud. A lower priority number means this cloud integration will take scale precedence over other cloud integrations in the group.
APPLIANCE URL
Alternate Appliance url for scenarios when the default Appliance URL (configured in admin -> settings) is not reachable or resolvable for Instances provisioned in this cloud. The Appliance URL is used for Agent install and reporting.
TIME ZONE
Configures the time zone on provisioned VM’s if necessary.
DATACENTER ID
Used for differentiating pricing among multiple datacenters. Leave blank unless prices are properly configured.
NETWORK MODE
Unmanaged or Managed
HOST FIREWALL
On or Off. Enable to managed Host firewall/IP Table rules (linux only)
SECURITY MODE

Defines if Morpheus will control local firewall of provisioned servers and hosts.

Important

When local firewall management is enabled, Morpheus will automatically set an IP table rule to allow incoming connections on tcp port 22 from the Morpheus Appliance.

SECURITY SERVER
Select security off or Local Firewall
TRUST PROVIDER
Select Internal (Morpheus) or an existing Trust Provider Integration
STORAGE MODE
Single Disk, LVM or Clustered
BACKUP PROVIDER
Select Internal Backups (Morpheus) or a Backup Integration
REPLICATION PROVIDER
Sets the default Replication Provider for the Cloud. Select an existing Replication Provider Integration
GUIDANCE
Enable Guidance recommendations on cloud resources.
COSTING
Enable for Morpheus to sync Costing data from the Cloud provider, when available. If your organization utilizes reserved instances and you want to pull in related pricing data, select Costing and Reservations. If this is not relevant, select Costing to save money on additional calls to the AWS Cost Explorer API or similar service for other clouds.
DNS INTEGRATION
Records for instances provisioned in this cloud will be added to selected DNS integration.
SERVICE REGISTRY
Services for instances provisioned in this cloud will be added to selected Service Registry integration.
CONFIG MANAGEMENT
Select a Chef, Salt, Ansible or Puppet integration to be used with this Cloud.
CMDB
Select CMDB Integration to automatically update selected CMDB.
CHANGE MANAGEMENT
Select an existing Change Management Integration to set on the Cloud. ex: Cherwell
AGENT INSTALL MODE
  • SSH / WINRM: Morpheus will use SSH or WINRM for Agent install.
  • Cloud Init / Unattend (when available): Morpheus will utilize Cloud-Init or Cloudbase-Init for agent install when provisioning images with Cloud-Init/Cloudbase-Init installed. Morpheus will fall back on SSH or WINRM if cloud-init is not installed on the provisioned image. Morpheus will also add Agent installation to Windows unattend.xml data when performing Guest Customizaitons or utilizing syspreped images.
API PROXY
Required when a Proxy Server blocks communication between the Morpheus Appliance and the Cloud. Proxies can be added in the Infrastructure -> Networks -> Proxies tab.
INSTALL AGENT
Enable to have Agent Installation on by default for all provisioning into this Cloud. Disable for Agent Installation to be off by default for all provisioning into this Cloud.

Provisioning Options

PROXY
Required when a Proxy Server blocks communication between an Instance and the Morpheus Appliance. Proxies can be added in the Infrastructure -> Networks -> Proxies tab.
Bypass Proxy for Appliance URL
Enable to bypass proxy settings (if added) for Instance Agent communication to the Appliance URL.
USER DATA (LINUX)
Add cloud-init user data or scripts. Assumes bash syntax.

Important

ESXi provisioning require a vmx file, which is not included in an OVF/OVA export from vCenter. A proper vmx file must be included when adding a vmdk/ovf/ova image to Virtual Images in Morpheus for successful provisioning.