This topic provides step-by-step instructions for installing the Skyline Collector.

The Skyline Collector is distributed as a virtual appliance in Open Virtualization Appliance (OVA) format. You can deploy the Skyline Collector appliance using the vCenter Server OVF deployment wizard.

An appliance is a pre-configured virtual machine that typically includes a pre-installed guest operating system and other software.

After you deploy the Skyline Collector, you can access the Skyline Collector user interface using a web browser and browsing to the IP address or fully qualified domain name of the deployed appliance.

Procedure

  1. Install the Client Integration Plug-In.

    The Client Integration Plug-in provides access to the virtual machine’s console in the vSphere Web Client and provides access to other vSphere infrastructure features. The Client Integration Plug-in also lets you deploy virtual appliances and log in to the vSphere Web Client using Windows session credentials.

  2. Deploy the Skyline Collector virtual appliance.

    The Skyline Collector is distributed as an appliance in OVA format that you can deploy using the vSphere Web Client.

  3. Power on the Skyline Collector and Open the User Interface.

    To use the Skyline Collector, first power it on and retrieve the IP address of the virtual appliance.

  4. Using the Registration Wizard.

    The Skyline Collector must be registered before you can begin receiving proactive findings and recommendations from VMware.