I wanted to play around with CoreOs and Docker a bit so I went to the CoreOS website but unfortunately they do not provide an OVF or OVA download. The CoreOS website doesn’t really explain how to do this, they do show how to do it for ESXi where they show how to create an OVF/OVA. I figured I would do a quick write-up on how to get the latest version up and running quickly in Fusion, without jumping through hoops.
- Download the latest version here: coreos_production_vmware_insecure.zip (~180MB)
- Unzip the file after downloading
- If you look in the folder you will see a “.vmx” file and a “.vmdk” file
- Move the whole folder in to the “Virtual Machines” folder under “Documents”
- Now simply right click the VMX file and “open” it
- You may be asked if you want to upgrade the hardware, I recommend doing this
After you are done booting you can “simply” connect to is as follows:
- Look at the VM console for the IP Address
- Now change your directory to the folder where the virtual machine is stored as there should be a key in that folder
- Now run the following command, where 192.168.1.19 is the IP of the VM in my environment:
ssh -i insecure_ssh_key [email protected]
Note that the key is highly insecure and you should replace it of course. More details can be found here.
PS: Dear CoreOS, please create an OVA or OVF… It will make life even easier for your customers.
Tom EWERLING says
The only thing is that you need a functioning DHCP server in the Subnet you’re running the VM in order to get an IP. In an isolated test subnet or VLAN without DHCP there’s no way to log in as no IP is configured.
I had to configure the VM temporarily on another Subnet in order to get an IP to log in. Then I could set a fixed IP and change the VM back to the isolated VLAN.
Good point, I run DHCP at home so didn’t hit this. Thanks for pointing that out and contributing 🙂
Need some help with VIEW, can you refer me some good blogs on Vmware View ..
Ismail kaleem (@iSeyk) says
almost g0ne b0nkers as my work network doesn’t have DHCP configured.. and i had to create a test lab for this. Had to read the comments