Deploying Private Node Server to a VMware ESXi Host

The VMware version of Private Node Server can run on VMware ESXi 5.5 or later. This guide explains how to deploy it on ESXi using vSphere Client.

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The VM is available in two formats, depending on how you wish to import the VM:

Deployment: Key Points

Deploying the VM Using vSphere Client

Below are instructions for deploying Private Node Server on ESXi 6.0 using vSphere Client 6.0. The steps for other versions may differ slightly.

  1. Launch vSphere Client and connect to your ESXi host.
  2. From the main menu, select File > Deploy OVF Template.

    Deploy OVF Template

  3. Browse for the .ova or .ovf file and click Next.

    Select the VM source location

  4. Review the VM image information and click Next.

    OVF Template Details

  5. Give your virtual machine a name and (if asked) select the inventory folder for this VM. Click Next.

    VM Name and Location

  6. If deploying to a cluster, choose a specific host within the cluster where to run Private Node Server.

  7. On the Disk Format page, choose between Thick Provision (all disk storage is immediately allocated when the disk is created) or Thin Provision (the storage is allocated on demand as the data is written to the disk).

    We recommend Thin Provision, because it lets you keep storage impact to a minimum.

    Virtual machine disk format

  8. On the Network Mapping page, select the virtual network to connect Private Node Server to.

    Note: This network must be DHCP-enabled and have an Internet connection. If needed, you can switch the VM to a non-DHCP network later, after the initial configuration.

    VM Network Mapping

  9. On the last screen, unselect Power on after deployment and click Finish.

    Ready to Complete

Adjusting VM Resources

Once the VM is deployed, you need to edit the VM configuration to match or exceed the system requirements for the desired monitoring capacity.

  1. Right-click the VM and select Edit Settings.

    vSphere Client: Edit VM Settings

  2. Set the VM memory, CPU and hard disk size.

    VM hardware

  3. Make sure the VM’s network adapter type is E1000 or VMXNET 3. If it is not, remove the existing network adapter and add a new one of the E1000 or VMXNET 3 type.

    VM network adapter type

  4. Set the other options as needed and click OK to save the changes.

Starting Private Node Server

After you have adjusted the hardware options for the VM, you can power it on.

Power On the VM

Switch to the Console tab and verify that the VM has been booted and you can see the console menu. There is no need to interact with the VM console – you can configure your private node via a web interface (Control Panel) accessible at https://<IP address>.

If you use Private Node Server 2.1, you can see the VM IP address in the top right corner of the console menu.

Private Node Server console

If you use Private Node Server 2.0.x, you can find the IP address on the Summary tab of your VM:

IP address of the VM

You can now access the private node’s Control Panel from any computer on the same network by navigating to https://<IP address> in a web browser.

What’s Next

There are a few more things you need to do to have your Private Node Server truly up and running:

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