Create your Virtual Appliances (VA) in VMWare
Now that you've gotten ready with Stage 1, the next stage is to begin provisioning your VAs in your ESX server.
Click here for our Blog Post containing a step by step deployment video for ESXi/VSphere (begins at 1:40).
- On any network PC with the ability to log into your ESXi server using the VMware vSphere client, point your browser to the Umbrella Dashboard and log in with your Umbrella credentials.
- Navigate to Settings > Sites and Active Directory.
- Click Download Components.
- This will expand to show the selection of Virtual Appliance downloads for Sites and Active Directory.
Click Download for VA for VMWare ESXi 4.1 Update 2.
Once downloaded, log into your VMware vSphere client, select the File tab, click Deploy the OVF Template and find the .OVA template you downloaded.
Next, follow the deployment wizard prompts, but be sure to follow these key steps:
- For the source, browse to the .ova file you just downloaded.
- Specify a unique name and location of your Virtual Appliance.
Tip: It may be helpful to include the IP of the VA in the hostname for better reference
Next, select the disks appropriate to your environment and during the disk format, make sure you select the Thin Provision radio button.
In the next step in the Deploy OVF Template wizard, you'll need to select or map a network:
It's possible to use the VMXNET Generation 3 (VMXNET3) adapters in VMWare if you'd like. For more information, read How to: Modify a VA in VMWare to use VMXNET3 adapters (instead of E1000)
Note: This is the same network that you’d like to report on and includes the VA instances; please ensure you’ve selected the correct VLAN or LAN to suit this purpose. If using Active Directory Integration, this is the same network that includes your Domain Controller (DC) and VA instances.
Click Finish after completing the deployment configuration. System prompts will update you on the status.
Tip: If deploying one VA is taking a while, you can begin to configure a second VA for high availability.
- Once this process is finished, select the device just created and right-click. Select Power > Power on.
- Then, right-click the device just created, and select Open Console, which will bring you to the command line to configure your VAs:
The next stage of the process is to configure the VAs to match your network.