I don't see that you modify /etc/sshd_config in your kickstart file to 
allow root login neither that you set roots password.

If that doesn't help run with PACKER_LOG=1 packer build template.json and 
gist the output and link here. Or if you have a console access 
(VMRC/vSphere/ESXi Embedded Host Client) login there and check if the 
network is up in the VM, you can access the outside world and check if you 
get any messages in the logs about auth fail etc.

On Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:24:44 PM UTC+2, Rjaydee wrote:
>
> I am trying to deploy and set a vm using packer and a kickstart file. This 
> packer code:
>
> {
>     "builders": [
>         {
>             "type": "vmware-iso",
>             "format": "ovf",
>             "vm_name": "PACKERTEST2",
>             "iso_url": 
> "http://ftp.riken.jp/Linux/centos/7/isos/x86_64/CentOS-7-x86_64-DVD-1511.iso";,
>             "iso_checksum": 
> "907e5755f824c5848b9c8efbb484f3cd945e93faa024bad6ba875226f9683b16",
>             "iso_checksum_type": "sha256",
>             "disk_size": "10240",
>             "disk_type_id": "thin",
>             "remote_host": "host",
>               "remote_datastore": "ds",
>               "remote_username": "root",
>               "remote_password": "pw",
>               "remote_type": "esx5",
>             "ssh_username": "root",
>             "guest_os_type": "centos-64",
>             "ssh_password": "ps",
>             "ssh_port": 22,
>             "ssh_wait_timeout": "800s",
>             "shutdown_command": "shutdown -h now",
>             "headless": false,
>             "floppy_files": [
>                   "kickstart/ks.cfg"
>             ],
>             "boot_command": "<esc> linux inst.text inst.ks=hd:fd0:/ks.cfg 
> <enter><wait>",
>             "boot_wait": "20s",
>             "keep_registered": "true",
>             "vmx_data": {
>                 "config.version": 8,
>                 "virtualHW.version": 8,
>                 "ethernet0.virtualDev": "vmxnet3",
>                 "ethernet0.networkName": "VM Network",
>                 "ethernet0.addressType": "generated",
>                 "ethernet0.present": "TRUE",
>                 "ethernet1.virtualDev": "vmxnet3",
>                 "ethernet1.networkName": "VLAN100",
>                 "ethernet1.addressType": "generated",
>                 "ethernet1.present": "TRUE",
>                 "ethernet0.pciSlotNumber": "9",
>                 "ethernet1.pciSlotNumber": "224",
>                 "memsize": "2048",
>                 "numvcpus": "2",
>                 "cpuid.coresPerSocket": "1",
>                 "RemoteDisplay.vnc.enabled": "TRUE",
>                 "RemoteDisplay.vnc.port":  "5900"
>
>             }
>         }
>     ]
> }
>
> This is the ks.cfg file I have:
>
>
> # SELinux configuration
> selinux --enforcing
>
> # Installation logging level
> logging --level=info
>
>
> # Run the Setup Agent on first boot
> firstboot --enable
>
>  # Reboot after installation
>  reboot
>
> # System timezone
> timezone --isUtc America/Los_Angeles
> # Network information
> network --activate --bootproto=static --device=eth0 --gateway=8.1.132.254 
> --netmask=255.255.255.0 --ip= 8.1.132.18 —hostname=myhost.com
>
> # System bootloader configuration
> bootloader --append="crashkernel=auto rhgb quiet" --location=mbr 
> --driveorder="sda"
>
> # Partition clearing information
> zerombr
> clearpart --all  --drives=sda
>
> # Disk partitioning information
> part /boot --fstype="ext4" --size=500
> part pv.008002 --grow --size=1
> volgroup vg_centos --pesize=4096 pv.008002
> logvol / --fstype=ext4 --name=lv_root --vgname=vg_centos --grow --size=1024 
> --maxsize=51200
> logvol swap --name=lv_swap --vgname=vg_centos --grow --size=3072 
> --maxsize=3072
>
> %packages --nobase
> @^minimal
> @core
> kexec-tools
>
> %end
>
> I however keep getting this error when I run it.
>
> => vmware-iso: Waiting for SSH to become available...
> ==> vmware-iso: Timeout waiting for SSH.
> ==> vmware-iso: Stopping virtual machine...
> ==> vmware-iso: Destroying virtual machine...
> Build 'vmware-iso' errored: Timeout waiting for SSH.
> Why do I getting this error message? Is it because my code in the ks.cfg file 
> to connect to a static ip address correct? Any thought would be greatly 
> appreciated.
>
>

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