You must deploy the AppDefense Appliance on-premises in the management cluster. Install the AppDefense Appliance on a different host from the actual application VMs.



  1. Log in to the vSphere Client.
  2. Right-click the host where you want to install the AppDefense Appliance, and then click Deploy OVF Template.
  3. On the Deploy OVF Template page, configure the following values, and click Next.
    Option Description
    Select an OVF Template Paste the AppDefense Appliance URL, or click Choose Files to select the downloaded OVA file on your computer.
    Select a name and location (Optional) Change the name of the OVA file to Appliance.
    Select a compute resource (Optional) Verify if the selected host is the correct resource where you want to deploy the AppDefense Appliance.
    Review details Review the details. The Product must be AppDefense Appliance VA.
    License agreements To accept the VMware license agreements, click I accept all license agreements.
    Select storage Select a host or cluster on which you want to deploy the AppDefense Appliance.
    Select networks Select the network that has connectivity to vCenter Server and NSX Manager (If necessary).

    IP Allocation Settings: Select IP protocol as IPv4 or IPv6.

    Customize template
    1. Application:
      • Type passwords for the admin and root user accounts and make sure that the password length meets the character requirements. You need these passwords later while registering with vCenter Server.

        The password must meet the following requirements:

        • At least eight characters
        • At least one lowercase character
        • At least one numeric character
        • At least one special character
        • Not more than 20 characters long
    2. Networking Properties:
      • If you want DHCP to be available while configuring the appliance, leave the configuration values empty.
      • If you want to configure the static IP address, ask your network administrator and add the following mandatory values:
        • Default Gateway, Domain Name Servers, Network 1 IP Address, Network 1 Netmask.
    Ready to complete Verify the details and click Finish.

    Even though the DHCP configuration is used, the Review configuration data > Properties section shows that the static IP configuration is used. Ignore data displayed under the Properties section.

    The OVF begins to import and deploy. It can take some time, depending on the public network download speed.

  4. After the deployment is complete, go to the AppDefense Appliance virtual machine (VM), and power on the VM.


The AppDefense icon appears in the left navigation pane of the vSphere Client. To view the AppDefense Home page, click the icon.

The AppDefense > Getting Started page appears. Clicking the Getting Started navigates you to this Installation Guide.

The Getting Started page gets replaced with the AppDefense Dashboard page after you configure AppDefense Appliance.

What to do next

Register the AppDefense Appliance with vCenter Server.