The software bundle ISO file contains the software bits and scripts to be imaged on the physical rack. You can upload multiple bundles at a time and activate the bundle that is to be used for imaging.

About this task

The bundle contains the following software:

  • vSphere (vCenter Server and ESXi)

  • NSX

  • vSAN

  • vRealize Log Insight

  • SDDC Manager

  • Platform Services Controller

  • VMware Horizon

  • App Volumes


  • Download the Cloud Foundation software bundle and the md5sum file on your laptop, desktop, or jump VM.

  • If you are re-purposing hosts in your datacenter, backup the data on the hosts. They are wiped clean during imaging.

  • Ensure that the KVM console for servers is closed.

  • For Dell servers only, install the Dell RACADM utility on VIA.

    1. Download the Dell OpenManage Linux Remote Access Utilities package from

    2. Unzip the tarball.

      tar -xzf filename

    3. Navigate to the RPM location.

      cd linux/rac/SLES11/x86_64/

    4. Install the package.

      rpm -Uhv *.rpm

    The RACADM utility sets most of the BIOS parameters for Dell servers automatically except for DHCP and IPMI.

  • For Dell servers only, set the following BIOS parameters.

    • Enable DHCP on the iDRAC/BMC port.

    • Enable IPMI over LAN on BMC.

    For servers from other vendors, all BIOS settings need to be set manually. See BIOS Settings.

  • For Cisco UCS servers only, set the following values on the servers before imaging the rack.

    • Out-Band Cisco Integrated Management Controller User Name=admin

    • Out-Band Cisco Integrated Management Controller User Password=password


  1. In a browser window on the jump VM, type
  2. Click Bundle.


  3. In the Bundle Location area, click Refresh.

    Wait for the message CD mounted successfully to be displayed.

  4. In the Bundle Hash area, click Browse, navigate to the directory that contains the MD5SUM file, select the file, and click Open.
  5. Click Upload Bundle.


    The bundle upload can take several minutes. After the upload is complete, the message Bundle uploaded successfully is displayed in the Upload Bundle area.

  6. In the Bundle Info area, select the bundle in Available Versions and click Activate Bundle.

    The selected bundle is now the active bundle for imaging and is ready to be used. Active bundle details are displayed next to Active Bundle. bb

  7. (Optional) Verify that the ISO file and manifest.xml file are copied to the VIA VM.
    1. In a console window, SSH to the VIA VM.

      ssh root@

      The password is root123.

    2. Navigate to the /mnt/cdrom/ directory.

    3. Confirm that the bundle directory and manifest.xml are in this directory.