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Deploying the Virtual Distributed Edition OVAs

IPM Virtual Distributed Edition is installed as three VMware Virtual Machines (VMs) using the provided OVA file.

These instructions are intended for someone who knows how to deploy within VMware® vCenter™.

Each IPM OVA is configured as per the Required Resources. Detailed instructions for editing hardware settings are available online from VMware.

  1. Ensure that the ESX Host has sufficient resources to support running all three IPM VMs.

    See Required Resources.

  2. Deploy the OVA image three times to separate VMs on the same ESX Host.


    VM co-residency on the same ESX Host is a hard requirement.

    For each deployment:

    • Accept the default CPU and memory allocations.

    • In Step 5 of vSphere's Deploy OVF Template wizard, Select Storage, of the Deploy OVF Template wizard, select a data store with sufficient space and performance. Choose a Thick Provision option.

    • In Step 7 of vSphere's Deploy OVF Template wizard, Customize Template, enter values for the following configuration items:

      • Network IP Address, a stable, static IP address

      • Network Netmask

      • Default Gateway

      • Hostname, a stable host name

        Virtana recommends the following hostnames for each VM: mgr-XXXX, metrix-XXXX, and graph-XXXX, where XXXX is a user-provided value. Please note: do not use underscore or period characters in your hostnames.


      Once the hostnames and IP addresses are set, they cannot be changed. Should you need to modify them in the future, you will have to backup your existing cluster, allocate a new one, and then restore from the backup.

    • Configure the network settings to connect the vNIC to the virtual switch with access to infrastructure to be monitored.

  3. You must add VM-VM Affinity Rules to the VMware Cluster to which the ESX Host belongs to ensure that the three VMs created above remain linked together on the same ESX Host. Refer to the VMware vSphere Documentation for more information (vSphere Resource Management > Using DRS Clusters to Manage Resources > Using DRS Affinity Rules > VM - VM Affinity Rules > Create a VM-VM Affinity Rule).

    The procedure for vSphere 7.0 follows. Instructions for other versions are available in the documentation noted above.

    1. Browse to the cluster in the vSphere Client.

    2. Click the Configure tab.

    3. Under Configuration, click VM/Host Rules.

    4. Click Add.

    5. In the Create VM/Host Rule dialog box, type a name for the rule.

    6. From the Type drop-down menu, select either Keep Virtual Machines Together or Separate Virtual Machines.

    7. Click Add.

    8. Select at least two virtual machines to which the rule will apply and click OK.

    9. Click OK.

In the next steps, you'll form the cluster from the newly created VMS.