As an alternative to installing vCenter Orchestrator on a Windows computer, you can download and deploy the Orchestrator Appliance.

Prerequisites

Verify that your computing environment meets the following conditions:

  • vCenter Server is installed and running.

  • The host on which you are deploying the appliance has enough free disk space.

  • The Client Integration plug-in is installed before you deploy an OVF template. This plug-in enables OVF deployment on your local file system.

If your system is isolated and without Internet access, you must download either the .vmdk and .ovf files, or the .ova file for the appliance from the VMware Web site, and save the files in the same folder.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client as an administrator.
  2. In the vSphere Web Client, select an inventory object that is a valid parent object of a virtual machine, such as a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, or host.
  3. Select Actions > All vCenter Actions > Deploy OVF Template.
  4. Type the path or the URL to the .ovf or .ova file and click Next.
  5. Review the OVF details and click Next.
  6. Accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next.
  7. Type a name and location for the deployed appliance, and click Next.
  8. Select a host, cluster, resource pool, or vApp as a destination on which you want the appliance to run, and click Next.
  9. Select a format in which you want to save the appliance's virtual disk and the storage.

    Format

    Description

    Thick provisioned Lazy Zeroed

    Creates a virtual disk in a default thick format. The space required for the virtual disk is allocated when the virtual disk is created. If any data remains on the physical device, it is not erased during creation, but is zeroed out on demand later on first write from the virtual machine.

    Thick Provisioned Eager Zeroed

    Supports clustering features such as Fault Tolerance. The space required for the virtual disk is allocated when the virtual disk is created. If any data remains on the physical device, it is zeroed out when the virtual disk is created. It might take much longer to create disks in this format than to create disks in other formats.

    Thin provisioned format

    Saves storage space. For the thin disk, you provision as much datastore space as the disk requires based on the value that you select for the disk size. The thin disk starts small and at first, uses only as much datastore space as the disk needs for its initial operations.

  10. (Optional) : Configure the network settings, and click Next.

    By default the Orchestrator Appliance uses DHCP. You can also change this setting manually and assign a fixed IP address from the appliance Web console.

  11. Review the properties of the appliance and set initial passwords for the root user account and for the vmware user in the Orchestrator Configuration interface.

    Your initial passwords must be at least eight characters long, and must contain at least one digit, special character, and uppercase letter.

    Important:

    The password for the root account of the Orchestrator Appliance expires after 365 days. You can increase the expiry time for an account by logging in to the Orchestrator Appliance as root, and running passwd -x number_of_days name_of_account. If you want to increase the Orchestrator Appliance root password to infinity, run passwd -x 99999 root.

  12. Review the Ready to Complete page and click Finish.

Results

The Orchestrator Appliance is successfully deployed.