VMware ESXi CentOS 6.4 kickstart installation

Abhinav asked:

I was trying to do a kickstart installation for CentOS 6.4 but it always show me a warning of re-initializing the HDD as it say may contain invalid partition table or a virtual disk.
I have added below is the snapshot of the kickstart file I am trying to use

# System bootloader configuration
bootloader --append="crashkernel=auto rhgb quiet" --location=mbr --driveorder="sda"
autopart
# Clear the Master Boot Record
zerombr
# Partition clearing information
clearpart --all --initlabel --drives=sda
part /boot --fstype ext4 --size=300
part / --fstype="ext4" --grow --size=1 --asprimary

Even I have created partitions to try as workaround but no resort. Any thoughts how to make this warning go away.
I am trying to do this through Packer-tools for ESXI host (which has 5.5 version) running.
Below is the JSON template I am using

# cat base-packer.json
{
  "builders": [
    {
      "vm_name": "Centos6.5",
      "type": "vmware-iso",
      "iso_url": "http://127.0.0.1:8000/CentOS-6.5-x86_64-minimal.iso",
      "iso_checksum": "0d9dc37b5dd4befa1c440d2174e88a87",
      "iso_checksum_type": "md5",
      "disk_size": "20480",
      "disk_type_id": "thin",
      "http_directory": "~/packertemplatebuilding",
      "remote_host": "191.168.42.3",
      "remote_datastore": "52dfe32b-a996d262-9b46-2c4138a85a23/Centos6.5",
      "remote_username": "root",
      "remote_password": "rootpass",
      "remote_type": "esx5",
      "ssh_username": "vagrant",
      "ssh_password": "vagrant",
      "ssh_port": 22,
      "ssh_wait_timeout": "250s",
      "shutdown_command": "echo 'vagrant'|sudo -S shutdown -P now",
      "headless": "false",
      "boot_command": [
        "<tab> text ks=http://148.147.206.152:8000/ks_new.cfg<enter><wait>"
      ],
      "boot_wait": "20s",
      "vmx_data": {
        "ethernet0.virtualDev": "vmxnet3",
        "ethernet0.networkName": "VM Network",
        "ethernet0.addressType": "generated",
        "ethernet0.present": "TRUE",
        "ethernet1.virtualDev": "vmxnet3",
        "ethernet1.networkName": "VM Network 2",
        "ethernet1.addressType": "generated",
        "ethernet1.present": "TRUE",
        "ide0:0.fileName": "disk.vmdk",
        "ide0:0.present": "TRUE",
        "ide0:0.redo": "",
        "scsi0:0.present": "FALSE",
        "memsize": "2048",
        "numvcpus": "2",
        "cpuid.coresPerSocket": "1"
      }
    }
  ],
"provisioners": [
    {
      "type": "shell",
      "script": "ssh-commands.sh"
    }
  ]
}

Below is the snapshot of the error I am getting.
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PS The image I am using is a custom spin from CentOS 6.4. But I don’t think that kickstart config should have an impact on the same.

My answer:


I found a potential problem:

      "iso_url": "http://127.0.0.1:8000/CentOS-6.5-x86_64-minimal.iso",

The CentOS “minimal” disk is customized and may do unexpected things, as it was intended and customized only to install a single set of packages. It should not be used with a kickstart installation; use the netinstall or DVD images instead.


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