To start the vSmart controller, you must create a virtual machine (VM) instance for it on a server that is running hypervisor software. This article describes how to create a VM on a server running the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) Hypervisor software. You can also create the VM on a server running the VMware vSphere ESXi Hypervisor software.
For server requirements, see Server Hardware Recommendations.
To create a vSmart VM instance on the KVM hypervisor:
- Launch the Virtual Machine Manager (virt-manager) client application. The system displays the Virtual Machine Manager screen.
- Click New to deploy the virtual machine. The system opens the Create a new virtual machine screen.
- Enter the name of the virtual machine. The figure below specifies a name for the vSmart instance.
- Select Import existing disk image.
- Click Forward.
- In Provide the existing storage path box, click Browse to find the vSmart software image.
- In the OS Type field, select Linux.
- In the Version field, select the Linux version you are running.
- Click Forward.
- Specify Memory and CPU based on your network topology and the number of sites, and click Forward.
- Select Customize configuration before install. Then click Finish.
- Select Disk 1 in the left navigation bar. Then:
- Click Advanced Options.
- In the Disk Bus field, select IDE.
- In the Storage Format field, select qcow2.
- Click Apply to create the VM instance with the parameters you just defined. By default, this includes one vNIC. This vNIC is used for the tunnel interface.
Note that the Viptela software supports only E1000 vNICs.
- In the vSmart Virtual Machine screen, click Add Hardware to add a second vNIC for the management interface.
- In the Add New Virtual Hardware screen, click Network.
- In the Host Device field, select an appropriate host device.
- Click Finish.
The newly created vNIC is listed in the left pane. This vNIC is used for the management interface.
- In the vSmart Virtual Machine screen, click Begin Installation in the top upper-left corner of the screen.
- The system creates the virtual machine instance and displays the vSmart console.
- At the login prompt, log in with the default username, which is admin, and the default password, which is admin.