ArchiTech89
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VCSA Boots to CLI Login

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I've got a small system with only two hosts but multiple VMs. I created a vCenter Server Appliance on Workstation Pro 15.5 and it functions great. But for some reason, on boot up, it doesn't go to the standard console. Instead it dumps me at a login prompt on the CLI (presumably in Linux).

Is there any thing I can do to get it to always go to the console?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions...

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AhmedIbrahimVMw
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The interface you’re talking about is called DCUI. You can press ALT+F2 to access the DCUI, and ALT+F1 to access the shell (command prompt). You shouldn’t need to worry about setting the default interface that appear after the boot up, it is really more like a cosmetic issue.

The DCUI isn’t that useful once your appliance is connected to the network, since you can manage manage functions of the appliance by opening the VM Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) by typing the following URL in a web browser:

https://VCSA-IP-Address:5480/

You can also enable SSH and use an SSH client to connect to the appliance, and from there you can either use the command line interface (BASH or Appliance Shell) or you can type “dcui” and you’ll access the graphical DCUI.

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AhmedIbrahimVMw
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The interface you’re talking about is called DCUI. You can press ALT+F2 to access the DCUI, and ALT+F1 to access the shell (command prompt). You shouldn’t need to worry about setting the default interface that appear after the boot up, it is really more like a cosmetic issue.

The DCUI isn’t that useful once your appliance is connected to the network, since you can manage manage functions of the appliance by opening the VM Appliance Management Interface (VAMI) by typing the following URL in a web browser:

https://VCSA-IP-Address:5480/

You can also enable SSH and use an SSH client to connect to the appliance, and from there you can either use the command line interface (BASH or Appliance Shell) or you can type “dcui” and you’ll access the graphical DCUI.

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NathanosBlightc
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When you deployed the VCSA, did you check the first "boot" phase is occurred correctly or not? Maybe you have a problem with your initial setup. regardless of VAMI Console (https://vCenter_Server_IP:5480) to check the VCSA status, you can log in in that console with root credential and check the log files in the /var/log directory

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ArchiTech89
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Thank you so much! It was driving me batty! lol

The Alt-key solution worked great and I can now get into the DCUI fine. Cheers!

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