How to create a new virtual machine and assign the downloaded Edge Service disk image in VMWARE ESXi Web
Decompress the received archive with the edge service file ending in .vmdk.
Add the .vmdk file to the ESXi data store
Login to your ESXi with administrator privileges and choose a storage device for the Edge to reside
Choose the "Datastore browser" option
Choose the folder where you will be uploading the downloaded and uncompressed .vmdk edge service image and click on "Upload"
Select the Delve edge vmdk image file
A progress bar will appear in the top right, wait for it to finish uploading.
The vmdk image file will appear when the upload is complete.
Convert the image for local ESXi Compatibility
⚠️The next step is mandatory for the image to work on ESXi.
Connect to your ESXi via ssh (or if your VMWare has the option, open a terminal window in the web interface)
- Change directory to where you have uploaded the vmdk image file, for example here: cd /vmfs/volumes/datastore3/delve-edge/
- Make sure you see the original file using: ls -l and that it is the correct image.
- "thin" the vmdk image with vmware conversion tool, the general command works as follow (+ our example):
VMDK "thin" conversion
vmkfstools -i <uploaded_image.vmdk> -d thin <new_image_THIN.vmdk>
ex: vmkfstools -i delve-edge-office.vmdk -d thin delve-edge-office-THIN.vmdk
Wait for the "Clone: 100% done." to return to the prompt, indicating that the conversion ins completed.
Create the virtual machine and link it to the converted image
Go back to the web interface and, in the Virtual Machines section, choose the "Create / Register VM" button.
Choose the "Create a new virtual machine" option
Give your machine a name and Compatibility option, usually "ESXi 6.5 virtual machine"
Also choose the Guest OS family to be "Linux" and version to be "Ubuntu Linux (64-bit)"
Select the storage from which the VM will run, here "datastore3" and choose Next.
Make sure the VM has 2 to 4 virtual CPU and 8GB of RAM
Delete the default "Hard disk 1" by clicking the right side (X) button.
Once deleted, choose the "Add hard disk" menu and select "Existing hard disk"
Browse back to where you had converted the uploaded image to "THIN" format and select the newly converted image:
The hard disk now shows something like the screen shot, make sure the SCSI Controller 0 has the "LSI Logic Parallel" option selected.
The final screen should summarize the import information and look somewhat like this:
Select the newly imported VM from the Virtual Machines section and click on the "Power On" or "Play button".
Wait for the VM too boot.
If successful you should see the VM login prompt or status console.
Optional Step: Configure the Edge Service (configuration only with generic VM image)
Verify That the Edge Service is running appropriately
At this point, the Edge Service is running and you have successfully finished the installation. You can close the window and let it run.
⚠️ You could also modify the auto-start options for that VM to make sure it restarts when your VMWare is rebooted for updates, etc.