The MSE is also offered as a
virtual appliance, to support lower-level, high, and very high deployments.
When the MSE is located on the virtual appliance, the license is validated
against Virtual Unique Device Identifier (VUDI) instead of UDI.
MSE is available as a virtual
appliance for Release 7.2 and later. The virtual appliance must be activated
first before installing any other service licenses.
The MSE virtual appliance
software is distributed as an Open Virtualization Archive (OVA) file. You can
install the MSE virtual appliance using any of the methods for deploying an OVF
supported by the VMware environment. Before starting, make sure that the MSE
virtual appliance distribution archive is in a location that is accessible to
the computer on which you are running vSphere Client.
For a virtual appliance, you
must have an activation license. Without an activation license, the MSE starts
in evaluation mode. Even if service licenses are present on the host, it
rejects them if the activation license is not installed.
See the VMware vSphere 4.0
documentation for more information about setting up your VMware environment.
You can add and delete a
virtual appliance license either using the
Mobility Services Engine
Add Mobility Services
Engine page when you are installing MSE for the first time, or you can use
License Center page to
add or delete a license.
Adding and Deleting Mobility Services Engines and Licenses and the
Deleting an MSE License File for more information on adding a
license and deleting a license using the mobility services engine wizard.
For more details on
deploying MSE virtual appliance, see the
Cisco MSE Virtual
Appliance Configuration Guide.