Configuring Network Settings from VMware OVF Tool

You can modify the VirtualWisdom OVA from the VMware OVF Tool command-line utility. This allows the IT administrator to configure the network settings using a configuration script, rather than having to access the VirtualWisdom UI. It also provides a simple way to configure a static IP address for use with VirtualWisdom.

About This Task

If you make changes to properties in the vCenter UI, the changes automatically populate in the VirtualWisdom UI.

Note

Changes made in the VirtualWisdom UI override vCenter settings, but the changes do not populate to vCenter. So if you change settings in VirtualWisdom, the VirtualWisdom UI and vCenter UI will not match. However, changes made to properties in the vCenter UI are automatically populated in the VirtualWisdom UI.

Tip

To avoid confusion, it is recommended that you implement a standard process for making changes to VirtualWisdom, either from vCenter or from the VirtualWisdom UI.

Prerequisites

  • Ensure a DHCP server is configured for the VM so you can access the VirtualWisdom UI.

  • Have available the following information for the VM:

    • IP address, netmask, and default gateway

    • DNS servers, domains, and hostname

    • NTP servers

Steps

  1. Use the following command line options for the DNS, IP address, and NTP properties of VirtualWisdom:

    --prop:dns.servers="m.m.m.m n.n.n.n ..."

    --prop:dns.search-domains="d1 d2 ..."

    --prop:ip.address="i.i.i.i"

    --prop:ip.mask=255.255.255.0

    --prop:ip.gateway=j.j.j.j

    '--prop:ntp.servers="s1 s2 s3 ..."

  2. Power up the Virtual Machine (VM) that contains VirtualWisdom.

  3. In a browser, enter the IP address to connect to the VirtualWisdom VM.

    A self-signed certificate warning displays in the browser. Permit the browser to connect. A properly signed certificate can be provided after initial configuration.

  4. At the VirtualWisdom Login screen, enter the VirtualWisdom administrator default credentials and click Login:

    Username: Administrator

    Password: admin

    At first login, the Terms of Use window displays.

  5. Accept the terms of use.

    The Personal Information window displays.

  6. Provide the settings required for the default Administrator.

    The VirtualWisdom UI displays with the Configuration Checklist open.

    If the checklist does not display, you can access it from the Username (Administrator) menu.

  7. Click the Username (Administrator) menu > About, and copy all of the information about VirtualWisdom.

    Ensure you copy all of the UUID.You need the entire UUID to get the VirtualWisdom license.

    vw-scrn-admin-about.png
  8. Contact your Virtana account team and provide them with the product version, UUID, and appliance name to get a license file.

  9. Click Licensing in the Checklist and upload the license file provided by Virtana.

    Tip

    You should retain the license in case it is needed in the future. You might save it in a file with a name that easily identifies it, if you have more than one license.

  10. Complete the tasks in the Configuration Checklist.

    See Completing the Configuration Checklist for details.

  11. Click Settings > Network Setup and Utilities and verify that the Network Properties populated correctly from vCenter.

    Note

    If you change the time zone to anything other than UTC, the appliance reboots.