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Install a New VCSA

Hi all. I’m in a bit of a sticky situation at the moment. We are using a Nutanix box that has 3 ESXi hosts on there.
Basically, I can’t access vCenter because of a 503 error. Also, the credentials my colleague left to access the VMware appliance aren’t working.

I was advised by Nutanix that I should install a new appliance directly on one of the ESX hosts (as the current one is installed).
How easy is this? I feel like I’ve nowhere else to turn so I’m willing to give it a go but I don’t want to break anything!

Thanks in advance



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  1. Vcsa implies that it’s the Linux virtual server appliance. With this in low 6. versions, the Root password expires and then error logs fill the partition.

    By the time I got to it, I first had to reset the grub password, then I was able to boot single user and reset the root password, and delete logs so that it could possibly boot.

    Even then I ended up having to hand edit a bunch of files that had corrupted in the crash before it would fully boot, but I got it back up after about a day with no impact on the guests. Probably would have been faster to rebuild from scratch. See VMware kb for a starting point: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2149278

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