Download the VMware Blockchain OVA file and use the vSphere Client to deploy a VMware Blockchain virtual appliance.

Prerequisites

Procedure

  1. Locate the VMware Blockchain OVA file on the VMware download portal.

    You can either copy the download URL or download the OVA file.

  2. In the vSphere Client, select the host or host cluster on which to install VMware Blockchain.
  3. Right-click and select Deploy OVA Template to start the installation wizard.
  4. Enter the download OVA URL or navigate to the OVA file and click Next.
  5. Enter a name and a location for the VMware Blockchain VM, and click Next.

    The VM name you enter appears in the vSphere and vCenter Server inventory.

  6. Assign the VMware Blockchain compute resource within the data center.
  7. Review and verify the OVA template details and click Next.
  8. Allocate a minimum of 2vCPU and 4 GB storage and 16 GB disk format and click Next.
  9. Accept the default network configuration settings for the source network and click Next.
    Note:

    DHCP can be used if the appliance is deployed to network with a DHCP server. Reserve a DHCP IP address to keep the IP address static.

  10. Set a unique password for the root and blockchain user account.

    Your passwords must comply with the password strength restrictions.

    • At least 12 characters

    • At least one lower-case letter

    • At least one upper-case letter

    • At least one digit

    • At least one special character

    • At least 5 different characters

  11. (Optional) Configure the network properties and click Next.

    Option

    Description

    Host Name

    Enter the VMware Blockchain appliance host name.

    Note:

    Make sure that the appliance host name does not contain any underscores.

    If you do not specify a host name, the default host name localhost is assigned.

    Network IP Address

    Enter the IPV4 interface address, which is the appliance static IP address.

    Note:

    You must populate the network prefix, default IPV4 gateway, and domain name server information after you enter the network IP address.

    DHCP IP address is designated when you leave this option blank.

    Network Prefix

    Enter the network prefix for the interface.

    The prefix range is between 0 and 24.

    Default IPV4 Gateway

    Enter the default IPV4 gateway for the interface.

    Domain Name Server

    Enter the IPV4 addresses for the domain name server.

    Each IP address must be separated by one space.

  12. Validate that your custom OVA specification is accurate and click Finish to initiate the deployment.
  13. After the successful deployment, power on the VM.
  14. Note the VM IP address of the newly deployed appliance.

What to do next

Deploy the VMware Blockchain nodes. See Deploy VMware Blockchain Nodes Using VMware Blockchain Orchestrator.