This procedure demonstrates how to deploy and configure a vCloud Availability Installer Appliance by using the vSphere Web Client.

Prerequisites

  • Download the vCloud Availability Installer Appliance.

    1. In a Web browser, navigate to the product download page.

    2. Download the vcloud-availability-release_number-xxx-build_number_OVF10.ova file.

  • Download and install the Client Integration Plug-in through the Deploy OVF Template option in the vSphere Web Client if you deploy an OVF template for the first time.

Procedure

  1. Log in to thevSphere Web Client.
  2. Right-click the target location where the vCloud Availability Installer Appliance will be deployed (data center, folder, cluster, resource pool or host) and select the Deploy OVF Template option from the drop-down menu.

    The Deploy OVF Template wizard is present.

  3. Enter the source URL or browse for the vCloud Availability Installer Appliance location in the Select source page.

    The syntax for the OVF filename is vcloud-availability-release_number-xxx-build_number_OVF10.ova.

  4. Click Next and review the details.
  5. Read and accept the license agreement, and click Next .
  6. In the Select name and folder page, specify a name for the vCloud Availability Installer Appliance and select the data center or data center folder that contains the host or cluster on which you want to deploy the appliance, and click Next.
  7. In the Select a resource page, select the target host or cluster where the deployed vCloud Availability Installer Appliance will run and click Next.
  8. Select the virtual disk format and the storage policy for the virtual machine from the drop-down menu.

    Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed and Datastore Default are selected by default.

  9. Specify the target location for storing the virtual machine configuration files and virtual disks from the list of available datastores in the Select Storage page, and click Next.
  10. Specify the settings for connecting the vCloud Availability Installer Appliance to the network in the Setup network page.
    1. Select the source network the appliance installer will use.

      VM Network is used by default.

    2. Select the protocol version for the appliance IP address.

      IPv4 is selected by default.

    3. Choose how to allocate the IP address of the vCloud Availability Installer Appliance.

      Static - Manual is used by default.

    Option

    Description

    Static - Manual

    IP addresses are manually configured. No automatic allocation is performed.

    Transient - IP Pool

    IP addresses are automatically allocated using IP pools from a specified range when the vApp is powered on. The IP addresses are released when the appliance is powered off.

    DHCP

    A DHCP server is used to allocate the IP addresses. The addresses assigned by the DHCP server are visible in the OVF environments of virtual machines started in the vApp.

    Static - IP Pool

    IP addresses are automatically allocated from the managed IP network range of vCenter Server at power-on, and remain allocated at power-off.

  11. Customize the deployment properties of the vCloud Availability Installer Appliance in the Customize template page and click Next.
    1. Select the check box to enable SSH.
    2. In the NTP Server section, enter the NTP server address the appliance installer uses.

      For example, ntime.vmware.com.

    3. Specify the port for the system logs in the Syslog Port section.

      Port 516 is set by default.

    4. In the System hostname section, type the hostname to use for the appliance installer.
    5. In the root password section, enter and confirm the password of the root user for the appliance installer.
    6. Specify the Networking Properties for the appliance installer if DHCP is not used.
  12. Review all the settings configured for the vCloud Availability Installer Appliance and click Finish to start the OVF deployment process.

    The wizard completes.

Results

The Recent Tasks page shows the status for initializing the OVF deployment on the target host.