Thirty minutes. What can you do in thirty minutes? For most of us that is just the right amount of time to make dinner or watch our favorite sitcom. But what if I told you that this is also the amount of time it takes to set up the new Operations Manager i virtual appliance for operations management software.
Within the HP software team, we understand how valuable your time is. That is why we are closely looking at how to reduce time to value for our products. As a start, we have madeOMi 10 a nimble software application, easy to install and use with just a free db if you like. And for folks who run VMware vCenter, we also have a 'ready-to-deploy' virtual appliance.
In this blog article I will give some tips and tricks on how to install, setup and use the OMi 10 VA.
Ok a short note first on what a virtual appliance is (assuming you have been living under a rock for a while) -
Appliances are common in today's world. In the manufacturing world, this might refer to devices built and suited for a particular purpose - such as a washing machine and a food processor.
In software/IT, an appliance is the bundling of hardware, Operating System and a software application that is suited for a particular need. Sometimes the hardware is specialized hardware.
But this still leaves us with the question, what really is a virtual appliance? Like in many other fields of IT, virtualization has also brought in disruption in the appliance world. A virtual appliance is basically the same concept as any other appliance except that it is suited towards running in a virtualized environment - such as VMware vSphere or KVM.
Download the OMi 10 VA here - login with your HP Passport.
The screenshot below shows all the files in the download. You need to downloadthe files marked below.
Once you have downloaded the files, follow the steps in the Technical Description document to deploy the Virtual Appliance into your VMware vSphere environment.
How to deploy the OMi 10 VA
In vCenter you would use File->Deploy OVF Template to push the virtual appliance to an ESXi host or a VMware cluster. This takes you through a wizard wherein you fill in the various details about the VM: where the VM must run, and where the VM’s disk files can be stored. You can choose thin provisioning for disk storage—if you are running in a test environment. It is recommended to use thick provisioning otherwise since, that way the entire disk space allocated to the VA is booked from the start and cannot be taken by other VMs residing on the same storage.
To reconfigure the network address, hostname, system time and also in future install updates, the management UI of the VM can be accessed at < https://omi-server.domain.com:5480/ >. To login use the root user credentials for the VA. (the default root password is ‘password’). Be sure to change the password to something more secure, once your VA is deployed and running.
NOTE: If you change the ip address or hostname of the VA, be sure to follow the steps in the OMi DR guides, to ensure that OMi application configuration is also updated to use the new ip address and hostname.
To run the configuration via command line, there are several command line utilities present in the /opt/vmware/share/vami folder on the VA. A couple of utilities are listed below –
vami_config_net is a nice wizard-like utility to set/reset the networking properties for the VA. Run without any options to set the properties interactively. (This is similar to the system-config-network command for those of your familiar with RHEL/CentOS)
vami_set_timezone is an interactive utility to set the timezone for the VA.Similar to tzselect command on standard linux.
Note: all the utilities here are part of the standard VMware VAMI toolset.
To install additional utilities such as vncserver and X-windows, use yum – this is pretty much standard like any package/repository installation on linux. Note that installing additional software can cause application failure, due to problems such as port conflicts.
In general, HP supports the appliance in its pristine form without any major alterations.
Security patches for linux OS via standard distribution channels like RHN can be installed without losing support.
To edit firewall settings, edit the /etc/sysconfig/iptables file. Note that by default ICMP protocol (‘ping’) is disabled to the OMi VA. So, if you are using a ping checker to validate if the OMi VA is reachable would not respond and probably show up as unreachable, even though it is alive.
Here's another tip to transfer files to the OMi virtual appliance. Since scp client is not installed with the default OS, you would not be able to transfer files to the system via scp.
If you are transferring from a linux system or unix system use sftp. If you are using winscp or other windows based client to transfer a file from your laptop to the OMi VA system, use secure ftp as the file transfer protocol - needless to say, regular (unsecured) ftp access is disabled and would not work.
I hope this guide helped you understand how to setup the new Operations Manager i virtual appliance easily.
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Ramkumar Devanathan (twitter: @rdevanathan) is Product Manager for HPE Cloud Optimizer (formerly vPV). He was previously a member of the IOM-Customer Assist Team (CAT) providing technical assistance to HP Software pre-sales and support teams with Operations Management products including vPV, SHO, VISPI. He has experience of more than 14 years in this product line, working in various roles ranging from developer to product architect.