As you have completed the Pre-Deployment Planning and are ready for the Virtual Appliance deployment, the article will take you through the details of the procedure.
The following instructions will show how to deploy a CloudSphere virtual appliance OVA on a VMware ESX server using the vCenter desktop client. You will be able to download the VMware virtual appliance image through the CloudSphere UI, under the Setting menu.
Once you have downloaded the zip file containing the virtual appliance (OVA) you will need to save it to a known location accessible from your vCenter console and unzip it.
To install the virtual appliance you will need to first log into the VMware vSphere to allow the deployment. You will also need to ensure that the account has the required permissions to be able to create new VMs.
- Log in to the VMware vSphere client.
- Select File → “Deploy OVF Template“.
- Browse to the .ova file saved in the Appliance Download steps and click “Next”.
- Verify the “.ova” template details that you are about to deploy and select “Next”.
- Enter a name for your appliance and select the location within your network to deploy to and select “Next”.
- Ensure the selected datastore has the required minimum disk space available.
- Select an appropriate disk format according to your policies.
- Review and verify the deployment settings and click “Finish”.
- When the appliance is successfully created, the confirmation pop-up will be displayed and the list of virtual machines deployed on the ESX server will be displayed in vSphere client interface.
- In the deployed virtual machines list, right-click on the appliance server and select “Edit Settings...”.
- Navigate to “VMware Tools” and “check” the option “Synchronize guest time with host”.
- In the deployed virtual machines list, right-click on the appliance server and select “Power” → “Power On”.