Installing Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance on VMware vSphere
Before you begin
Ensure that you have downloaded the Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance package from the URL provided by your Cisco representative or a location accessible from your setup, such as a local hard drive, a network share, or a CD/DVD drive.
Setting up Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance requires an IP address and 2 hostnames for that IP address. The hostnames must be in the following formats:
Log in to VMware vSphere Web Client with administrator credentials.
Right-click on the host and select Deploy OVF Template.
On the Deploy OVF Template wizard Select template page, specify the source location, and click Next. You can specify a URL or browse to location accessible from your local hard drive, a network share, or a DVD/CD drive.
On the OVF Template Details page, verify the OVF template details and click Next. No input is necessary.
On the Select a name and location page, add/edit the Name and Location for the Virtual appliance and click Next.
On the Select a resource page, select the specific Host (ESX station), Cluster, Resource Pool, or virtual appliance you want to deploy and click Next.
Each VM must be assigned to a specific host on clusters that are configured with vSphere HA or Manual mode vSphere DRS.
On the Review details page, verify the OVA template details and click Next.
On the Configuration page, select a deployment configuration and click Next.
You can select Small or Medium deployment configuration based on your requirement for Intersight Virtual Appliance. A brief description of the selected size displays.
You can select Tiny(8 vCPU, 16 Gi RAM) deployment configuration for Intersight Assist only.
On the Select storage page, select a destination storage (hard drives) for the VM files in the selected host (ESX station) and click Next. Select the Disk Format for the virtual machine virtual disks. Select Thin Provision to optimize disk usage.
On the Select networks page, for each network that is specified in the OVF template, select a source network and map it to a destination network and click Next.
On the Customize Template page, customize the deployment properties of the OVF template, and click Next.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) allows the Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance VM to obtain an IP address through a DHCP server running on the network that it is installed on. When this option is enabled, the Cisco Intersight Virtual Appliance is equipped to handle IP address updates through DHCP, subject to lease requirements.
On the Ready to Complete page, select Power On After Deployment and click Finish.
The diagnostic tool aims to:
Detect and display issues with the installation prerequisites.
Enable editing the inputs that are provided during the OVA deployment.
Assist with continuing the installation after you fix the settings, or set network interface properties such as IP addresses, subnet mask, and default gateway during the OVA deployment.
For more information, see Intersight Appliance Maintenance Shell.
For a demonstration of the Intersight Virtual Appliance Installation and troubleshooting, watch Cisco Intersight Appliance Installation and Debug.