Before installing Citrix Branch Repeater virtual appliances on VMware ESX, make sure that VMware ESX server is installed on a machine with adequate system resources. To install virtual appliances on VMware ESX version 4.1 or VMware ESXi version 4.0, or later, you use the VMware vSphere client. The client must be installed on a remote machine that can connect to VMware ESX through the network. After the installation, you can use the vSphere client to manage virtual appliances on either VMware ESX or VMware ESXi.
Before you begin installing a virtual appliance, do the following:
- Install VMware ESX version 4.1 or ESXi 4, or later, on hardware that meets the minimum requirements.
- Install the VMware vSphere client on a management workstation that meets the minimum system requirements.
- Download the CloudBridge VPX setup files.
- Obtain CloudBridge VPX license files.
Also, before installing a CloudBridge VPX virtual appliance, label all the interfaces that you plan to assign to VPX virtual appliances, in a unique format. In large deployments, labeling these interfaces in a unique format helps in quickly identifying them among other interfaces used by other virtual machines, such as Windows and Linux virtual machines. Such labeling is especially important when different types of virtual machines share the same interfaces.
VPX requires non-default networking options. Among other things, you will create two new virtual switches (vswitch0 and vswitch1) for the accelerated bridge, which must be assigned to two different virtual switches.
- To label the physical network ports of the VMware ESX server
- Log on to the VMware ESX server by using the vSphere client.
- In the vSphere client, select the Configuration tab, and then click Networking.
- At the top-right corner of the screen that appears, click Add Networking.
- In the Add Network Wizard, for Connection Type, select Virtual Machine, and then click Next.
- Scroll through the list of vSwitch physical adapters, and choose the physical port to map to interface 1/1 on the virtual appliance.
- Enter NS_NIC_1_1 as the name of the vSwitch to associate with interface 1/1 of the virtual appliances.
- Click Next to finish the vSwitch creation. Repeat the procedure, beginning with step 2, to add at least one more interface to be used by your virtual appliances. Label the interfaces sequentially, in the correct format (for example, NS_NIC_1_2).
- To install CloudBridge virtual appliances on VMware ESX 4.1/ESXi 4
Note: This procedure assumes a basic familiarity with VMware vSphere. Details of the vSphere client’s operation might change with new releases of the vSphere software. The VMware documentation should be considered definitive. This procedure shows the desired results and one example of achieving them.
- Install VMware
ESX 4.1 1 (or later) on the selected server and the vSphere
client on a system from which you can
manage the server. You can download the software from
- Configure the setting for the first virtual switch (vSwitch0)
- Log on to the VMware ESX server by using the vSphere client.
- On the vSphere client, select the Configuration tab, and then click Networking.
- On virtual switch vswitch0, click Properties.
Figure 1. Configuring vSwitch0, continued
- On the Properties page, select the VM Network and click Edit.
Figure 2. Configuring vSwitch0, continued
- On the Security tab, enable Promiscuous Mode. Click OK.
Figure 3. Configuring vSwitch0: setting promiscuous mode
- In the Properties dialog box, verify the changes, and then click Close.
Figure 4. Configuring vSwitch0, continued
- Create the second virtual switch, label it, and configure settings for the new virtual switch (vswitch1).
- Create the third virtual switch, vSwitch2, following the procedure in step 3, but attaching it to the port on the WAN side of your network and naming it apA-2. Enable the promiscuous mode on vSwitch2, as you did on the other ports.
- Change the name of the virtual machine, if desired, and then click Next. Install the virtual machine.
- Start the VMware vSphere client on your workstation.
- In the IP address / Name text box, type the IP address of the VMware ESX server that you want to connect to.
- In the User Name and Password text boxes, type the administrator credentials, and then click Login.
- On the File menu, click Deploy OVF Template.
- In the Deploy OVF Template dialog box, in Deploy from file, browse to the location at which you saved the CloudBridge VPX setup files, select the .ovf file, and click Next.
- Change the name of the virtual machine, if desired, and then click Next.
- Map the networks shown in the CPX OVF template to the networks that you configured on ESX host : LAN-apA1 to apA-1, and WAN-apA2 to apA-2.
Always assign the two CloudBridge bridge
ports (accelerated pair ports) to different virtual and physical
If you assign both CloudBridge bridge
(accelerated pair) ports to the same virtual or physical Ethernet
port or switch, you will cause network loops. These network loops
can make managing CloudBridge impossible and can bring down the
entire Ethernet segment. For example, you will cause network loops
if you assign both CloudBridge ports to vmnic0. The same thing
happens if you assign the CloudBridge ports to different
physical Ethernet interfaces, but plug both Ethernet interfaces
into the same physical switch.
Figure 9. Mapping network interfaces to CloudBridge VPX
- Click Next to start installing VPX on VMware ESX. When installation is complete, a pop-up window informs you of the successful installation.
- You are now ready to start the CloudBridge VPX instance. In the navigation pane, right-click the instance that you have just installed, and select Power On. Click the Console tab to emulate a console port.
- Optionally, add a Primary Ethernet port.
- In the navigation pane, right-click the CloudBridge VPX instance that you have just installed, and select the
Edit Settings option. On the
Virtual Machine Properties page click Add.
- In Add Hardware window, select Ethernet Adapter as the device type to add, and then click Next.
Figure 10. Installing the Primary interface
as the adapter type, and select
as the network label.
- Click Finish, and then click OK.
- If desired, change the memory and hard disk
parameters assigned to the CloudBridge VPX virtual machine to
match one of the supported, nondefault configurations listed
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Figure 11. Adjusting memory and disk allocation
- If you are running Branch Repeater VPX release 6.0, deploy the virtual appliance as follows:
- If you are running CloudBridge VPX release 6.1 or later, the CloudBridge VPX virtual machine automatically runs the Deployment Wizard when started for the first time. Follow the instructions and prompts that appear on the screen.
- Continue configuration from the web UI, using
the URL of either apA or the Primary port. For example (your address may
- On the Quick Installation page, perform a quick installation, as you would for a physical CloudBridge appliance.
- Enable bridging by clicking the Enable Bridging link.
- Check the network assignments in XenCenter to make sure that the two network devices are connected to different Networks, and then click OK.
Important: Connecting two accelerated bridge ports to the same virtual or physical Ethernet segment creates network loops, which can bring down your entire network. In such a case, shut down the CloudBridge VPX virtual machine and fix the network assignments before proceeding.
- Complete the configuration as you would with any CloudBridge installation.