How to install Snapt Aria on VMware ESXi/vCenter
  • 28 Dec 2021
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How to install Snapt Aria on VMware ESXi/vCenter

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How to install Snapt Aria on VMware ESXi vCenter Image 1


Let’s look at how easy it is to get Snapt Aria installed on VMware ESXi

Step 1: Download the latest OVF

Get the latest version of our OVF. Visit our downloads page – downloads.snapt.net

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Step 2: Extract the download archive

Extract the downloaded archive .tar.gz – Do note that this archive has been double compressed and will need to be extracted twice.

The extraction can be done with any of the following tools:

  1. 7-Zip
  2. Win-Zip
  3. WinRAR

Step 3: Log in to your ESXi or vCenter server

Now let’s log into your ESXi or vCenter server, then navigate to the “Virtual Machine section”

Option 1: ESXi

Step 4: Choose “Create/Register VM”

Create-VM

Step 5: Select “Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file” and click next.

ESXi

Step 6: Name your VM and choose the .ovf and .vmdk files you extracted earlier and click next.

Name-and-files

Step 7: Select your preferred datastore to use and click next.

datastore-select

Step 8: Deployment Options

Select your desired Network Mappings, Disk Provisioning and choose if you'd like to power on the VM automatically.

Deployment-Options

Step 9: Verify that all the settings are correct and click “Finish”

Review

Step 10: The import will now begin and boot the VM automatically once completed.

Import-Busy

Step 11: After the import is finished, we need to launch the console window for some CLI commands.

Console

Step 12: CLI Commands

Once the VM is finished booting, you can type

getipaddress

to get the IP address assigned to your box if you’re running on a network with DHCP.

Otherwise, you can manually assign the IP address by typing the command below, follow the onscreen instructions to set your IP address statically.

sudo networkConfig

Step 13: Login into Snapt Aria

Now you'll open your web browser and navigate to and log in to the license authentication page with your Snapt Aria account details.

http://{snapt.ip.address}:8080

After you’ve successfully licensed your install, will you be presented with the Snapt Aria Management Login.

Option 2: vCenter

Step 5: Choose a host or cluster

After you've chosen a host or cluster on which you want to install Snapt Aria on either right-click the host/cluster and click on "Deploy OVF Template"

HostCluster

Step 6: Select Local file

As you've already downloaded and extracted the OVF image, you'll select the Local file option.
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Step 7: Name and Location

Next, you can choose to rename the VM name to something else, and we'll also select where we want to deploy this OVF
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Step 8: Selecting your Compute Resources

In our example, we'll be selecting the DRS Cluster which auto-select the best host to deploy Snapt Aria on.
3-Compute-Resources

Step 9: Selecting Storage Resource

Now we need to select where you want to deploy the Snapt Aria storage too. In our case, you'll be deploying the DRS Storage Cluster
5-Storage

Step 10: Networking Selection

If your VMware environment has got multiple networks configured, now is the time to select the one you'd like to use
6-Network

Step 11: Ready to Deploy

The last part is to review your deployment and if all the values are correct, we can go ahead and click on "Finish"

This will start the upload process and deploy our VM into the VMware Environment (Host or Cluster)
7-Ready-to-Deploy

Step 12: After the import is finished, we need to launch the console window for some CLI commands.

Console (1)

Step 13: CLI Commands

Once the VM is finished booting, you can type

getipaddress

to get the IP address assigned to your box if you’re running on a network with DHCP.

Otherwise, you can manually assign the IP address by typing the command below, follow the onscreen instructions to set your IP address statically.

sudo networkConfig

Step 14: Login into Snapt Aria

Now you'll open your web browser and navigate to and log in to the license authentication page with your Snapt Aria account details.

http://{snapt.ip.address}:8080

After you’ve successfully licensed your install, you will be presented with the Snapt Aria Management Login.

Defaults

Username: admin

Password: admin