VMware ESXi
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The following procedure uses the vSphere Client. You can also use the vSphere Host Client. When using the vSphere Host Client, if the OVA file is larger than 2GB, you must unpack the OVA file, which includes the OVF file, VMDK and MF files. Use the OVF and VMDK files to deploy the CTERA Insight proxy server.

Specific Requirements for ESXi

  • Contact CTERA Networks, and request the latest ESXi CTERA Portal OVA file.
  • You must be able to assign a public IP to the CTERA Insight proxy server, to enable connecting to CTERA Insight.

To create the CTERA Insight proxy server:

  1. Log in to the vSphere Client console.
  2. In the vSphere Client console click File > Deploy OVF Template.
  3. The Deploy OVF Template wizard is displayed.
  4. Browse to the OVA file received from CTERA and choose it.
  5. Click NEXT.
  6. Continue through the wizard specifying the following information, as required for your configuration:
    • A name to identify the CTERA Insight virtual machine in vCenter.
    • The location for CTERA Insight: either a datacenter or a folder in a datacenter.
    • The host or cluster to run CTERA Insight.
    • The virtual disk format for CTERA Insight software and the storage to use for this software. Refer to VMware documentation for a full explanation of the disk provisioning formats. Select either Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed or Thick Provision Eager Zeroed according to your preference.
      Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed – Creates a virtual disk in a default thick format. Space required for the virtual disk is allocated when the virtual disk is created. Data remaining on the physical device is not erased during creation, but is zeroed out on demand at a later time on first write from the virtual machine. Using the default flat virtual disk format does not zero out or eliminate the possibility of recovering deleted files or restoring old data that might be present on this allocated space.
      Thick Provision Eager Zeroed – Creates a virtual disk that supports clustering features such as Fault Tolerance. Space required for the virtual disk is allocated at creation time. In contrast to the flat format, the data remaining on the physical device is zeroed out when the virtual disk is created. It might take much longer to create disks in this format than to create lazy zeroed disks.
    • The network that the CTERA Insight proxy server will use. The network for the CTERA Insight proxy server must have access to the CTERA Portal servers.
  7. Review the configuration details and click FINISH.
    The CTERA Insight proxy server is created and powered off.
  8. Power on the CTERA Insight proxy server.
  9. Note the IP address.
  10. Log in to the proxy server using the IP address of the proxy server and the root username with the ctera123 password, with a tool such as PuTTY.
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  11. Run the command curl ipinfo.io
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  12. Send the proxy server IP address and the public IP address to CTERA.
    CTERA will send a tailored script to run, installation.sh. See Configuring the CTERA Insight Proxy Server for details about running this script.

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