The Identity Appliance is a preconfigured virtual appliance that provides single sign-on capabilities. It is delivered as an open virtualization format (OVF) template. The system administrator downloads the Identity Appliance and deploys it into vCenter Server or ESX/ESXi inventory.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that the Identity Appliance was downloaded from the VMware Web site.

  • Log in to the vSphere client as a user with system administrator privileges.

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere client, select File > Deploy OVF Template.
  2. Browse to the Identity Appliance file with the .ova or .ovf extension and click Open.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Click Next on the OVF Template Details page.
  5. Accept the license agreement and click Next.
  6. Type a unique virtual appliance name according to the IT naming convention of your organization in the Name text box, select the datacenter and location to which you want to deploy the virtual appliance, and click Next.
  7. Follow the prompts until the Disk Format page appears.
  8. Verify on the Disk Format page that enough space exists to deploy the virtual appliance and click Next.
  9. Follow the prompts to the Properties page.

    The options that appear depend on your vSphere configuration.

  10. Configure the values on the Properties page.
    1. Type the root password to use when you log in to the virtual appliance console in the Enter password and Confirm password text boxes.
    2. Select or uncheck the SSH service checkbox to choose whether SSH service is enabled for the appliance.

      This value is used to set the initial status of the SSH service in the appliance. You can change this setting from the appliance management console when you configure the appliance.

    3. Type the fully qualified domain name of the virtual machine in the Hostname text box, even if you are using DHCP.
    4. Configure the networking properties.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Depending on your vCenter and DNS configurations, it could take some time for the DNS to resolve. To expedite this process, perform the following steps.
    • If Power on after deployment is available on the Ready to Complete page.

      1. Select Power on after deployment and click Finish.

      2. Click Close after the file finishes deploying into vCenter.

      3. Wait for the machine to restart. This could take up to five minutes.

    • If Power on after deployment is not available on the Ready to Complete page.

      1. Click Close after the file finishes deploying into vCenter.

      2. Power on the VM and wait for some time for the VM to start up.

      3. Verify that you can ping the DNS of the VM. If you cannot ping the DNS, restart the VM.

      4. Wait for the machine to start. This could take up to five minutes.

  13. Open a command prompt and ping the FQDN to verify that the fully qualified domain name can be resolved against the IP address of vRealize Appliance.