When you deploy a new vCenter Server Appliance, you can configure the appliance by uploading a configuration file, instead of entering the settings manually in the vCenter Server Setup wizard.

Each line of the configuration file supplies the setting for the corresponding entry in the vCenter Center Setup wizard. The values shown here are variables that describe acceptable entries.

Note

Passwords in the configuration file are stored to disk as plain text. A better practice is to exclude passwords from the configuration file and enter them manually when you complete the vCenter Setup wizard. If you enter passwords in the configuration file, escape any of the following characters by prefixing it with a backslash (\): double quotation mark ("), single quotation mark ('), dollar sign ($), or backslash (\).

#vCenter Server Appliance Configuration File v1.0

#Database options
VC_DB_TYPE=embedded or oracle
#Additional database options if VC_DB_TYPE=oracle
VC_DB_SERVER=vCenter Server database server IP address
VC_DB_SERVER_PORT=vCenter Server database server port number
VC_DB_INSTANCE=vCenter Server database server instance name
VC_DB_USER=vCenter Server database user name
VC_DB_PASSWORD=vCenter Server database user's password

#vCenter Single Sign On options
SSO_TYPE=embedded or external
#Additional Single Sign On options if SSO_TYPE=external
SSO_LS_LOCATION=Single Sign On Lookup Service URL
SSO_LS_CERT_THUMBPRINT=Single Sign On Lookup Service certificate thumbprint
SSO_DB_TYPE=embedded or oracle
#Additional Single Sign On options if SSO_DB_TYPE=oracle
SSO_DB_SERVER=Single Sign On database server IP address
SSO_DB_SERVER_PORT=Single Sign On database server port number
SSO_DB_INSTANCE=Single Sign On database instance name
SSO_DB_USER=Single Sign On database user name
SSO_DB_PASSWORD=Single Sign On database user password
SSO_DB_DBA_PASSWORD=Single Sign On database administrator user password

#Microsoft Active Directory options
VC_AD_STATUS=0 to disable, 1 to enable
#Additional Microsoft Active Directory option if VC_AD_STATUS=1
VC_AD_DOMAIN=Active Directory fully qualified domain name

This example shows a configuration file for a vCenter Server Appliance that uses an external Oracle vCenter Server database and an external Single Sign On instance.

#vCenter Server Appliance Configuration File v1.0

#Database options
VC_DB_TYPE=oracle
VC_DB_SERVER=10.111.11.111
VC_DB_SERVER_PORT=1521
VC_DB_INSTANCE=orcl
VC_DB_USER=VCA-6
VC_DB_PASSWORD=1VCdb_xy!

#vCenter Single Sign On options
SSO_TYPE=external
SSO_LS_LOCATION=https://machinename.corp.com:7444/lookupservice/sdk
SSO_DB_TYPE=oracle
SSO_DB_SERVER=10.222.22.222
SSO_DB_SERVER_PORT=9999
SSO_DB_INSTANCE=ssodb
SSO_DB_USER=sso-d
SSO_DB_PASSWORD=1Db_xy#!
SSO_DB_DBA_PASSWORD=1SSOdba_ab!
SSO_LS_CERT_THUMBPRINT=

#Microsoft Active Directory options
VC_AD_STATUS=0
VC_AD_DOMAIN=