VMware vSphere Appliance Setup

To setup infrastructure using CloudCenter appliances for VMware vSphere clouds, follow this process.

  1. Configure Network Time Protocol (NTP) on the VMware ESXi hosts – this is important as the CloudCenter Suite installation can fail, if NTP is not configured or if it is wrongly configured.
    See https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/57147?lang=en_US for additional details.

  2. Download the OVA image file from software.cisco.com to your local machine.

  3. Log into the VMware Datacenter console and click on the VMs and Templates section.

  4. Deploy an OVA template (right-click and select Deploy OVA Template option).

    1. Click the Local file option, click Browse to provide the location for the downloaded OVA file, ensure the file is selected, and then click Next as displayed in the following screenshot.

    2. Provide a suitable name and select the target folder where you need to create the Template as displayed in the following screenshot.

    3. Select a suitable host and cluster as displayed in the following screenshot.

    4. Review the details as displayed in the following screenshot.

    5. Select the storage location as displayed in the following screenshot.

    6. Select a destination network as displayed in the following screenshot.

    7. Customize the template as required for your environment and review the completed information as displayed in the following screenshot.

      Do not customize your setup credentials at this point or any other point during the installation. You can do so after you complete the installation process.


    8. Click Finish to start deploying the VM from the template inside the target folder. 

  5. Wait for some time so the VM is cloned and created, then refresh the VM page to view the powered off VM  – The OVA is imported as a VM (powered off) on vSphere.

    When you import the OVA as a VM, ensure that it is powered off on vSphere.

  6. Right-click to edit the VM Settings for the powered off VM. Click the VM Options tab. Under VMware Tools, select the checkbox to Synchronize guest time with host as displayed in the following screenshot.

  7. Clone the VM to a template using the Convert to template... option (a sample of this template is displayed in the following screenshot).

  8. Once the VM is converted to template, it should appear as identified by the orange arrow in the following screenshot.
  9. Right click this template name and select the New VM from This Template option as displayed in the following image – This template will also be used as the value for the vSphere Template Name cloud setting, when you provide the details to install the Suite Admin.
  10. Edit the 1e Customize vApp properties to ensure that the VM has unique value assigned in the A unique ID for this VM instance field. While this step is optional for a first-time installation, it is required for subsequent installations.


  11. After the VM is created from the template, power it on. 

  12. Use this IP address to access the UI, go to the newly created VM's IP using HTTPS protocol in a supported browser (see Browser Compatibility). 


You have now setup the installer for a VMWare cloud.

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