Virtual Appliance: Step 1: Deploy

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This topic provides instructions to deploy the OVA file on the vSphere Server or ESX Server using the vSphere client.


Make sure that you have:

  • Network IP addresses, netmask, and gateway IP addresses for the virtual appliance.
  • Network names for all virtual appliances, if you are creating a cluster.
  • DNS or host information.
  • Password for virtual appliance access. The default username is root and the default password is netwitness.
  • Downloaded the Security Analytics virtual appliance package file from the download server.

Note:  A script will run immediately upon logging on, asking for the Security Analytics server IP address. Press Enter, with no IP address, or Ctrl-C to break out of this script. Once the current appliance is completely setup and the Security Analytics server is online and ready to accept appliances, enter the Security Analytics IP address at this prompt by logging off and logging back on.


Note: The following instructions illustrate one possible example of deploying an OVA appliance, your screens may vary.

To deploy the OVA appliance:

  1. Log on to the ESXi environment.
  2. In the File drop-down, select Deploy OVF Template.
    The Deploy OVF Template dialog is displayed.
  3. In the Deploy OVF Template dialog, select the OVF for the appliance that you want to deploy in the virtual environment, and click Next.
    The Name and Location dialog is displayed. The designated name does not reflect the server hostname, instead it is for inventory reference from within ESXi.
  4. Make a note of the name, and click Next.
    Storage Options are displayed.


  5. For Storage options, designate the datastore location for the virtual appliance. This location is only for the appliance OS. It is not required to be the same datastore needed when setting up and configuring additional volumes for the Security Analytics databases on certain appliances (covered in the following sections). When finished, click Next.
    The Network Mapping options are displayed.


  6. If you want to configure Network Mapping now, you can select options here, but RSA recommends that you keep the default values and save network mapping for after the OVF has been configured.  This configuration is done in Step 4: Configure Appliance-Specific Parameters.
    Leave the default values, and click Next.
    A status window showing deployment status is displayed.


    After the process is complete, the new OVF is presented in the designated resource pool visible on ESXi from within vSphere. At this point, the core virtual appliance is installed but is still not configured.
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