Install the Windows guest agent on a Windows reference machines to run as a Windows service and enable further customization of machines provisioned by cloning.

Prerequisites

Identify or create the reference machine.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to the vCloud Automation Center Appliance management console installation page.

    For example: https://vcac-hostname.domain.name:5480/installer/.

  2. Download and save the Windows guest agent files.
    • Windows guest agent files (32-bit.)

    • Windows guest agent files (64-bit.)

  3. Install the guest agent on the reference machine.
    1. Download GugentZip_version to the C drive on the reference machine.
    2. Right-click the file and select Properties.
    3. Click General.
    4. Click Unblock.
    5. Extract the files.

    This produces the directory C:\VRMGuestAgent. Do not rename this directory.

  4. Configure the guest agent to communicate with the Manager Service.
    1. Open an elevated command prompt.
    2. Navigate to C:\VRMGuestAgent.
    3. Run winservice -i -h Manager_Service_Hostname_fdqn:portnumber -p ssl.

      Option

      Description

      If you are using a load balancer

      Enter the fully qualified domain name and port number of your Manager Service load balancer. For example, winservice -i -h load_balancer_manager_service.mycompany.com:443 -p ssl .

      With no load balancer

      Enter the fully qualified domain name and port number of your Manager Service machine. For example, winservice -i -h manager_service_machine.mycompany.com:443 -p ssl .

    The default port number for the Manager Service is 443.

Results

The name of the Windows service is VCACGuestAgentService. You can find the installation log VCAC-GuestAgentService.log in C:\VRMGuestAgent.

What to do next

Configure the guest agent to trust a server. See Configuring the Windows Guest Agent to Trust a Server.