• Ensure that you have the infrastructure for VIA available and that you have set up your physical environment as described in Setting up your Environment for Imaging.

  • Download the VIA OVF file, Cloud Foundation software bundle, and the md5sum file on your local file system.


  1. Deploy the VIA OVF file on the management host.
    1. Login to the vSphere Web Client on the management host.
    2. Right-click the management host and click Deploy OVF Template.
    3. In source location, select Local file. Click Browse and select the VIA OVF from your local file system.
    4. Click Next.
    5. Review the OVF file details and click Next.
    6. Accept the OVF license agreements and click Next.
    7. Specify a name and location for the OVF and click Next.
    8. Select a resource and click Next.
    9. Select the disk format to store the VIA disks and the datastore to store the deployed OVF template and click Next.
    10. On the Setup networks page, connect VIA to the private switch connected to rack 1.
    11. Review the deployment details and click Finish.
  2. Copy the Cloud Foundation bundle to the management host.
    1. On the management host, create a single datastore named datastore1.

    2. In datastore1, create a folder named ISO bundle and copy the Cloud Foundation bundle file to this folder.

  3. Configure time settings on the management host.
    1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the management host in the vSphere inventory.
    2. Select Manage and then select Settings.
    3. Under System, select Time configuration and click Edit.
    4. Select Manually configure the date and time on this host.
    5. Set the time and date manually.
    6. Click OK.
  4. Upload the software bundle on to the VIA VM.
    1. Right-click the VIA VM and select Edit Settings.

    2. Click the Hardware tab and select the CD/DVD drive.

    3. Select the Connected check box to connect the CD.

    4. Select Connect at power on so that the CD-ROM drive is connected when the virtual machine starts.

    5. Select Datastore ISO under Device Type.

    6. Click Select, browse to the ISO Bundle folder in datastore1 on the management host, and select the bundle.

    7. Click OK.

  5. Create a VM on the management host to serve as the jump VM.

    Connect one NIC on the jump VM to the network and the other to the private managed switch.

    The jump VM must have a static IP address. The IP range to is usually available for the jump VM.

    This allows for separation of network traffic between the datacenter network and the private network that is established between the physical rack and VIA. It also helps ensure that the DHCP service which is part of is VIA is confined to the private network between the physical rack and VIA.

  6. Copy the md5sum file on the jump VM.
  7. For the browser on the jump VM that will be used to access VIA, make the following selections.
    • In Network Connection, disable the proxy.

    • Select Auto-detect proxy settings for this network so that the browser detects the proxy settings for your network.

  8. Ensure that you can ping the VIA VM (IP address is from the jump VM.

    If you cannot ping the VIA VM, check the route on the jump VM.

  9. Power on the VIA VM.

What to do next

Open a web browser and type the following URL to connect to VIA: