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Create vManage VM Instance on ESXi

To run the vManage NMS, you must create a virtual machine (VM) instance for it on a server that is running hypervisor software. This article describes how to create a VM on a server running the VMware vSphere ESXi Hypervisor. You can also create the VM on a server running the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) Hypervisor.

For server requirements, see Server Hardware Recommendations.

To create a vManage VM instance on an ESXi hypervisor:

  1. Launch the vSphere Client and create a vManage VM instance.
  2. Create a new virtual disk that has a volume of at least 100 GB for the vManage database.
  3. Add additional vNICs.
  4. Start the vManage VM instance and connect to the vManage console.
  5. To create a cluster of vManage NMSs, repeat Steps 1 through 4 to create a VM for each vManage instance.

If you are using the VMware vCenter Server to create the vManage VM instance, follow the same procedure. Note, however, that the vCenter Server screens look different than the vSphere Client screens shown in the procedure.

Launch vSphere Client and Create vManage VM Instance

  1. Launch the VMware vSphere Client application, and enter the IP address or name of the EXSi server, your username, and your password. Click Login to log in to the ESXi server.

The system displays the ESXi screen.

  1. Click File ► Deploy OVF Template to deploy the virtual machine.

  1. In the Deploy OVF Template screen, enter the location to install and download the OVF package. This package is the vmanage.ova file that you downloaded from the Viptela Support webpage. Then click Next.

  1. Click Next to verify OVF template details.

  1. Enter a name for the deployed template and click Next.

  1. Click Next to accept the default format for the virtual disks.

  1. From the drop-down list, select the destination network for the deployed OVF template, and click Next.

  1. In the Ready to Complete screen, click Finish to complete deployment of the vManage VM instance.

​The system has successfully created the VM instance with the parameters you just defined and displays the vSphere Client screen with the Getting Started tab selected. By default, this includes one vNIC. This vNIC is used for the tunnel interface.

Create a New Virtual Disk

You must create a new virtual disk with a volume of at least 100 GB for the vManage database:

Note: When you create the virtual disk, ensure that the virtual disk type you select in Step 6 below is IDE.

  1. In the left navigation bar of the vSphere Client screen, select the vManage VM instance you just created, and click Edit virtual machine settings.

  1. In the vManage Virtual Machine Properties screen, click Add to add a new virtual disk, and then click OK.

  1. In the Add Hardware screen, select Hard Disk for the device type you want to add to your VM, and click Next.

  1. In the Select a Disk screen, select Create a new virtual disk, and click Next.

  1. In the Create a Disk screen, specify the disk capacity for the vManage database to be 100 GB, and click Next.

  1. In the Advanced Options screen, select IDE for the virtual storage device, and click Next. Note that the virtual store device must be IDE.

  1. In the Ready to Complete screen, click Finish to complete creating a new virtual disk with a capacity of 100 GB.

The system displays the vSphere Client screen with the Getting Started tab selected.

Add Additional vNICs

To add additional vNICs for the management interface and for the message bus:

  1. In the left navigation bar of the vSphere Client, select the vManage VM instance you just created, and click Edit virtual machine settings.

  1. In the vManage – Virtual Machine Properties screen, click Add to add a new vNIC for the management interface. Then click OK.

  1. Click Ethernet Adapter for the type of device you wish to add. Then click Next.

  1. In the Adapter Type drop-down, select either E1000 or VMXNET3 for the vNIC to add. Then click Next.

  1. In the Ready to Complete screen, click Finish.

  1. The vManage – Virtual Machine Properties screen opens showing that the new vNIC is being added. Click OK to return to the vSphere Client screen.

  1. If the vManage NMS is part of a cluster, repeat Steps 2 through 6 to create a third vNIC. This vNIC is used for the message bus.

Start the vManage VM Instance and Connect To the vManage Console

  1. In the left navigation bar of the vSphere Client, select the vManage VM instance you just created, and click Power on the virtual machine. The vManage​ virtual machine is powered on.

  1. Select the Console tab to connect to the vManage console. The vManage console is displayed.

  1. At the vManage login prompt, log in with the default username, which is admin, and the default password, which is admin. The system prompts you to select the storage device to use.

  1. Select hdc, which is the new partition you added for the vManage database.
  2. Confirm that you want to format the new partition, hdc. The system then reboots and displays the vManage instance.

  1. To connect to the vManage instance using a web browser, configure an IP address on the vManage instance:
    1. Log in with the default username and password:
      Login: admin
      password: admin
      #
    2. In the management VPN, VPN 512, configure an IP address on interface eth0. Specify an IP address that is reachable on your network. If necessary, add a default route:
      # config
      (config)# vpn 512
      (config)# ip route prefix/length next-hop-ip-address
      (config-vpn-512)# interface eth0
      (config-interface-eth0)# ip address ip-address
      (config-interface-eth0)# no shutdown
      (config-interface-eth0)# commit and-quit
      #
  2. To connect to the vManage instance, type the following string in the URL:

https://ip-address:8443/

  1. Log in with the username admin and the password admin.

Additional Information

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