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Photon OS

Photon OS is an open source Linux container host optimized for cloud-native applications, cloud platforms, and VMware infrastructure.


Setup minimal installed profile of PhotonOS

  • Download the Photon OS OVA with virtual hardware v13 from
  • In ESXi:
    • Create/Register VM:
      • Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file
      • Name the VM
      • Upload the Photon OS OVA file
      • Specify the desired Target Datastore
      • Accept the License Agreement
      • Deselect Power on automatically
      • Confirm settings and Finish
    • Wait for the files to upload
    • If autostart is desired for this machine go to Host > Manage > System > Autostart:
      • Click on the current VM
      • Enable
      • Use Start earlier and Start later to set the desired order
    • Go to Virtual Machines on the sidebar and click on the current VM
    • Actions > Edit Settings:
      • CPU > Enable Expose hardware assisted virtualization to the guest OS
      • If using NVMe storage for the datastore:
        • Add other device > NVMe controller
        • Hard Disk 1 > Controller location > NVMe controller 0
        • Save and reopen Edit Settings
        • Remove SCSI controller 0
      • NOTE: Disable Secure Boot because of an issue after updating, see Issue #974
      • Select other appropriate VM settings depending on desired applications
    • Power on the VM, then shut it down again to generate a MAC address
    • Give the VM a static IP address from your router using the generated MAC address (found under Hardware Configuration > Network adapter 1) and desired hostname
    • Power on the VM
    • Using an SSH client, connect to the hostname set above, then run:
# Login with root details from the VM note
# Follow instructions to set new password
# Update packages:
tdnf upgrade
# Disable password expiry:
chage -M -1 root
# Set new hostname:
hostnamectl set-hostname <hostname-as-set-in-router>
# Set the timezone to Perth
ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Australia/Perth /etc/localtime
# Change the SSH port to 50001:
sed -i "s/#Port 22/Port 50001/" /etc/ssh/sshd_config
sed -i "s/-A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT/-A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 50001 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT/" /etc/systemd/scripts/ip4save
  • Shutdown the VM
  • Edit VM note to be the following:
Minimal installed profile of PhotonOS
User: root

50001/tcp SSH
  • Save a snapshot called Base Install


  • If desired, Log in to ESXi, navigate to the docker VM and create new snapshot
  • Using an SSH client, connect to <hostname>:50001 then run:
tdnf upgrade
tdnf clean all
reboot  # If desired/needed
esxi/photon_os.txt · Last modified: 2020/07/03 15:36 by derek