The VIA VM runs on the laptop or management host. A jump VM runs on the management host.

If you have multiple physical racks in your environment, you have the following options:

  • Image the racks sequentially - image rack 1 first followed by the remaining racks one at a time.

  • Image the racks in parallel by configuring a VIA VM per physical rack.

Hardware Configuration

Table 1. Jump VM Hardware Configuration

Virtual Hardware



4 GB


1 virtual socket, 2 cores per socket

Video card

1 display

SSCI Controller 0


bus sharing: none

Hard disk

120 GB, Thin Provision


Client device

Floppy drive


Network adapters


Operating system

Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit or Win2K12

Virtual Machine version

Hardware version 8

Navigate to Options > Advanced > General

Disable logging

keyboard.typematicMinDelay = "2000000"

Software Configuration

Perform the following tasks to prepare the jump VM.

  • Install the Windows 2012 Essentials operating system on the VM.

  • Install VMware Tools.

  • Install the latest Windows patches.

  • Enables Windows update using the VMware OS Optimization Tool.

  • Install the following applications:

    • Firefox or Chrome web browsers

    • PuTTy

    • WinSCP

    • vSphere Web Client

    • VMware Ruby vSphere Console (RVC)

    • Java Runtime Environment

  • If internet access is not available from the Access Virtual Machine, download the executables and binaries for the applications on the VM.

  • Verify that Remote Desktop Connection is enabled on the Access Virtual Machine.

  • Add a route to allow BMC access to the physical servers. For example,

    route add mask if 16

    where 16 is the ID for rack 1. To find the interface number, follow the steps below.

    1. In a command window, type the command netsh.

    2. Type the command int ipv4 show interfaces.