Installing VMware ESXi for vWAAS for WAAS Versions 5.x to 6.2.x
To install the vWAAS Virtual Machine (VM) with VMware vSphere ESXi, follow these steps:
Step 1 From the vSphere Client, choose File > Deploy OVF Template.
The Source window appears.
Figure 4-1 vWAAS—Deploy OVF Template
Step 2 Click Browse.
The Open window appears.
Step 3 Navigate to the location of the vWAAS OVA file and click Open.
- If the virtual host was created using an OVA of vWAAS for WAAS Version 5.1.x or later, proceed to Step 4.
- If the virtual host was created using an OVA file of vWAAS for WAAS Version 5.0 or earlier, and you have upgraded vWAAS from inside WAAS, you must verify that the SCSI Controller Type is set to VMware Paravirtual. Otherwise, vWAAS will boot with no disk available, and will fail to load the specified configuration.
If needed, change the SCSI controller type to VMware Paravirtual by following these steps:
a. Power down the vWAAS.
b. From the VMware vCenter, navigate to vSphere Client > Edit Settings > Hardware.
c. Choose SCSI controller 0.
d. From the Change Type drop-down list, verify that the SCSI Controller Type is set to VMware Paravirtual. If this is not the case, choose VMware Paravirtual.
e. Click OK.
f. Power up the vWAAS, with WAAS Version 6.1.x or later.
Step 4 Click Next to accept the selected OVA file.
The Name and Location window appears.
Step 5 Enter a name for the vWAAS VM, choose the appropriate data center, and then click Next.
The Cluster window appears (if a cluster is configured), or the Resource Pool window appears (if a resource pool is configured). Otherwise, the Datastore window appears (in this case, skip to Step 7).
Figure 4-2 vWAAS—Name and Data Center Location
Step 6 If configured, choose a cluster for the vWAAS VM or, if configured, choose the resource pool and then click Next.
The Datastore window appears.
Step 7 Choose a datastore to host the virtual machine and click Next.
Figure 4-3 vWAAS - Datastore
Note The datastore must be formatted with a block size greater than 1 MB to support file sizes larger than 256 GB.
The Create a Disk window appears.
Step 8 The Disk Provisioning section has three disk format options: Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed, Thick Provision Eager Zeroed, and Thin Provision. Select Thick Provision Eager Zeroed.
Note You must choose the Thick Provision Eager Zeroed disk format for vWAAS deployment; this is the format recommended with vWAAS deployment for a clean installation.
Step 9 Click Next.
The Network Mapping window appears.
Step 10 Choose the network mapping provided by ESXi and click Next. You have the option to change this later if necessary.
The Ready to Complete window appears.
Figure 4-4 vWAAS—Network Mapping
Step 11 Click Finish to complete the installation.
The status window appears while the OVA file is being deployed.
Figure 4-5 vWAAS—Status Window
Step 12 When the deployment is finished, the Deployment Completed Successfully window appears.
Figure 4-6 vWAAS—Completed
Step 13 Click Close.
Step 14 You are ready to start the VM. Highlight the vWAAS VM and click Power on Virtual Machine.
Step 15 After vWAAS finishes booting, click the Console tab to view boot up messages.
Figure 4-7 vWAAS—Console
Note Under rare conditions, the vWAAS VM may boot into diskless mode if other VMs on the host VM server do not release control of system resources or the physical disks become unresponsive. For information on how to resolve this situation, see Resolving Diskless Startup and Disk Failure in Chapter 12, “Troubleshooting Cisco vWAAS.”
For vWAAS configuration information, see Chapter 2, “Configuring Cisco vWAAS and Viewing vWAAS Components” .
Installing VMware ESXi for vWAAS for WAAS Version 6.4.1 and Later
Note On VMware ESXi, the OVA deployment for WAAS Version 6.4.1 and later must be done only through VMware vCenter.
To deploy the VMware ESXi hypervisor for vWAAS, follow these steps:
Step 1 From the vSphere Client, choose Deploy OVF Template > Deployment Configuration.
Step 2 At the Configuration drop-down list, choose the vWAAS model for this hypervisor.
Note When you choose a vWAAS model, that model’s profile is displayed. For example, if you choose vWAAS-150, the vSphere Client would display a configuration such as 1 vCPU, 3 GB RAM.
Step 3 Click Next.
Step 4 At the Deploy OVF Template screen, choose Source to select the source location for the deployed template.
Step 5 At the Deploy from a file or URL drop-down list, click Browse....
The Name and Location screen is displayed.
Step 6 Enter a unique name for the deployed template, and select a location for the deployed template.
a. In the Name field, enter a unique name for the deployed template. The template name can contain up to 80 alphanumeric characters.
b. In the Inventory Location listing, select a folder location.
Step 7 Click Next.
Step 8 At the Deploy OVF Template screen, choose Deployment Configuration.
Step 9 At the Configuration drop-down list, choose the vWAAS model for your system.
Note When you select a vWAAS model, the screen displays configuration information. For example, if you select vWAAs-200, the screen would display a description such as “Deploy a vWAAS-200 connection profile with 1 vCPU, 3 GB RAM.
Step 10 Click Next.
Step 11 At the Deploy OVF Template screen, choose Disk Format.
Step 12 In the Datastore: field, enter the Datastore name
Step 13 For provisioning, choose one of the following virtual disk format types:
- Thick Provision Lazy Zerod—The entire space specified for virtual disk files is allocated when the virtual disk is created. Old data on the physical device is not erased when the disk is created, but zeroed out on demand, as needed, from the VM.
- Thick Provision Eager Zerod—The entire space specified for virtual disk files is allocated when the virtual disk is created. Old data is erased when the disk is created. Thick provision eager zero also supports VMware fault tolerance for high availability.
Note The Thin Provision option is not available for vWAAS with VMware ESXi.
Step 14 Click Next.
The VMware ESXi hypervisor is created for the specified vWAAS model.