This section describes how to deploy the Skyline Collector.

The Skyline Collector is distributed as a virtual appliance in OVA format. Use the vSphere Web Client to deploy the Skyline Collector within your environment.



  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client with a user account that has virtual machine deploy permissions.
  2. In the vSphere Web Client, select an inventory object that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine such as a data center, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host.
  3. Click Actions. Navigate to Deploy OVF Template. You can access the Actions menu by right-clicking on the selected object (data center, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host) or by selecting Actions in the top-center of the vSphere Web Client.
  4. Enter the URL or select Local File and Browse to the Skyline Collector OVA file, and click Next.
  5. Enter a name for the Skyline Collector and select a deployment location, such as a data center or folder, and clickNext.
  6. Select a host, cluster, or resource pool for where to run the Skyline Collector, and click Next.
  7. Review the template details and click Next.
  8. Read the VMware End User License Agreement (EULA) and click Accept, then click Next.
  9. Select a location to store the Skyline Collector virtual disk files.
    1. Select the virtual disk format from the dropdown. The Skyline Collector supports thick provisioned lazy zeroed, thick provisioned eager zeroed, and thin provision.
    2. Select a VM storage policy, if applicable.
    3. Select the datastore, or datastore cluster, for where to store the Skyline Collector virtual disk files.
    4. Select Next.

    Table : Disk Provisioning



    Thick Provisioned Lazy Zeroed

    Creates a virtual disk in a default thick format. Space required for the virtual disk is allocated when the virtual disk is created. Existing data on the physical device is not erased during creation but is zeroed out on first write from the virtual machine.

    Thick Provision Eager Zeroed

    A type of thick virtual disk that supports clustering features such as Fault tolerance. Space required for the virtual disk is allocated upon creation. In contrast to the lazy zeroed format, the data existing on the physical device is zeroed out when the virtual disk is created. Creating disks in this format might take much longer than creating other types of disks.

    Thin Provision

    Use this format to save hard disk space. For the thin disk, you provision as much data store space as the disk requires based on the value that you enter for the disk size. However, the thin disk starts small, and at first, uses only as much datastore space as the disk needs for its initial operations.

  10. Select a network that provides the appropriate network access as described in Networking Requirements.
    1. Select a Destination Network from the drop-down menu for the Skyline Collector.
    2. Select a IP Protocol from the drop-down menu. The Skyline Collector supports IPv4 and IPv6.
    3. Select Next.
  11. The final step is to customize the deployment of the Skyline Collector. Customization includes creating a root password and entering static IP address information (optional).
    1. A root password is required. The password must be at least 8 characters long.
    2. To configure a dynamic IP address, leave all networking properties boxes empty. To configure a static IP address, enter the information specific to your network. The appliance must be able to resolve the hostnames for vCenter Server, Single Sign-On authentication, and any additional product endpoints (NSX Manager).
    3. Click Next after finishing customizing the template.
  12. Review the configuration data you provided for the Skyline Collector. Click Finish to complete the Deploy OVF Template wizard.