Deploying vMA
As an alternative to a package installation, you can deploy vMA on an ESXi host and run vCLI commands from there. vMA is a virtual machine you can use to run scripts to manage ESXi systems. vMA includes a Linux environment, vCLI, and other prepackaged software.
Setting up vMA consists of a few tasks. The vSphere Management Assistant Guide discusses each task in detail.
See the vSphere Management Assistant Guide for prerequisites and deployment details.
When you boot vMA, you must specify the following required configuration information when prompted: