Product Documentation

vSphere Host Details

Oct 08, 2015

In the vSphere Host Details step in the Virtual Machine Configuration Wizard, you enter the details required to connect to the vSphere host server that you want to use for Install Capture.

Hostname / IP Address – Type the IP address or DNS name of the vSphere host server (this is the vSphere ESXi Hypervisor server, not the VMware vCenter server) – for example, 182.31.32.28 or server.domain.com.

Username – Type the user name for a local user account on the ESXi. Citrix recommends that you use a dedicated vSphere user account whose password is set to never expire rather than your standard domain account. For instructions on creating the account, refer to "Create a local user account on the host (hypervisor)" below.

At a minimum, the user account requires permissions to power the virtual machine on and off, to reset and suspend the virtual machine, and to create and revert a snapshot. For instructions for assigning these privileges to a vSphere user account, see "Assign privileges to a vSphere user account" below.

Password – Type the account password.

Important: If the password changes in the future, you will need to run this wizard again to enter the new password.

Test – Click to confirm that AppDNA can connect to the specified vSphere host server. If you do not click this button, the wizard performs this check when you click Next.

Create a local user account on the host (hypervisor)

  1. Log on to the VMware vSphere Client using an administrative user account and enter the IP address of the hypervisor host (not the vCenter server).
  2. Go to Home > Inventory.
  3. Select the host and then click the Local Users And Groups tab.
  4. Right-click in the window and then choose Add.
  5. Enter the requested details and then click OK.

Assign privileges to a vSphere user account

An administrator can assign privileges to the vSphere user account as follows:

  1. Log on to VMware vSphere Client using an administrative user account.
  2. Go to Home > Administration > Roles.
  3. Right-click in the window and then choose Add.
  4. Enter a name for the role, such as Install Capture user, and select the following privileges:
    • Virtual machine > Interaction > Power Off
    • Virtual machine > Interaction > Power On
    • Virtual machine > Interaction > Reset
    • Virtual machine > Interaction > Suspend
    • Virtual machine > State > Create snapshot
    • Virtual machine > State > Revert to snapshot
  5. Click OK.
  6. Go to Home > Inventory.
  7. On the Permissions tab, right-click and then choose Add Permission.
  8. In the Assign Permissions dialog box, click Add.
  9. In the Select Users and Groups dialog box, select the user to which you want to assign the permissions, and then click Add.
  10. Click OK. This returns you to the Assign Permissions dialog box, where the user now appears on the left side.
  11. In the drop-down box on the right side of the Assign Permissions dialog box, select the role you created earlier.
  12. Click OK.