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Getting Started Guide: ConVirt for VMware (vCenter)

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1 Introduction

Welcome to ConVirt for VMware(vCenter/ESXi). ConVirt is a multi-platform solution for managing your virtualization and cloud infrastructure, including VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, Xen, Amazon Web Services, OpenStack, and more. ConVirt enables you to manage thousands of hosts and virtual machines throughout their full lifecycle in a highly scalable and secure fashion, with advanced automation and orchestration features such as high availability, backup and recovery, policy-based workload management, and quota-managed self-service.

This document is a step-by-step guide for setting up a small "learning" environment to deploy ConVirt and try out its features. The steps are simple:

  1. Set up the ConVirt Management Server (CMS)
  2. Configure your VMware (vCenter/ESXi) hosts (no agent required!).
  3. Open your browser and start managing your VMware infrastructure.

Note - This guide is applicable for ConVirt Enterprise 3.x and ConVirt Enterprise Cloud 3.x versions.

2 What You Will Need

The physical deployment architecture for ConVirt for VMware shown in the diagram below is the minimum configuration needed to set up a "learning" environment.

VMware phys arc.png

You'll need to ensure that the following pre-requisites are in place:

2.1 Host Servers

You will need 2 freshly installed host servers in order to use ConVirt's advanced features. Each host should have the following minimum configuration:

2.2 Storage

For the examples in this guide, we will use NFS storage.

2.3 Network

2.3.1 Self Service Option

In order to create self-service Virtual Data Centers, ConVirt transforms existing virtualized infrastructure into a cloud by overlaying an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) layer. To manage this layer, you need to set up several network resources:

2.4 Client Machine/Browser

3 Setting Up ConVirt

ConVirt is built on a 3-tier agentless architecture that delivers enterprise-grade scalability, security, and integration.

Logical VMware.png

Because we are setting up a simple "learning" environment, we will install the ConVirt Management System (CMS) as a virtual machine on Host A, rather than on its own dedicated server. The physical and virtual deployment architecture is shown in the diagram below:

Physical deployment.png

3.1 Set Up ConVirt Management Server

Install the ConVirt Management Server (CMS) as a Linux virtual appliance running on Host A:

  1. Log in to the CMS appliance
    • user : cms
    • password : convirt
  2. Find the IP address of the appliance to use in your browser
    • Run ifconfig to find the IP assigned to the CMS appliance
    sudo ifconfig eth0
  3. Open CMS in your browser and activate the license
    • Start Firefox browser on another machine on the network
    • Using the IP address your discovered above, type in the url http://ip-address:8091
      • Troubleshooting - if the CMS does not come up in your browser, make sure that it is setup and running on the CMS appliance correctly:
        • To find the status of CMS
          cd convirt-enterprise
          ./convirt-ctl status
        • Start CMS
          ./convirt-ctl start
        • If CMS is not setup, then it can be done as follows:
          cd convirt-enterprise
          ./convirt-ctl setup
  4. Access CMS in your browser at http://ip-address:8091
    • When CMS opens, the License Management dialog will come up. Here is where you can activate your trial license.
    Licensemgmt licenseactivate.jpg
  5. Activate your Trial license
    • In the License Management-Activate License dialog, select the "Trial" radio button
    • Paste your Customer ID into the Customer ID text box
      • You would have received this ID in your ConVirt Trial credentials email
    • Select "Activate" at the bottom of the dialog box
      • The CMS will connect to Convirture's license server
    • Click OK on the alert "License applied successfully - Click OK to restart ConVirt".
    Lic applied success.jpg
    • You should next see "License activated successfully and ConVirt restarted - Click OK to login". Click OK.
    Lic activated success.jpg
    • Once ConVirt is restarted, you will see the Login panel for CMS. Use the default credentials to login:
      • user : admin
      • password : admin

4 The ConVirt Management Console

The ConVirt Management Console is a web-based dashboard that provides a single point of management and visibility into of your entire virtualized environment. ConVirt is multi-user, allowing the same environment to be managed by multiple administrators, and extensible, with multiple hooks for enterprise integration including LDAP/AD support, CLI, and API-based approaches.

Now that you have set up your hosts and installed the CMS, you are ready to log in to the ConVirt Management Console to start managing your virtualization environment. Open the ConVirt Management Console in your Firefox browser:


The default application credentials are :

user : admin
password : admin

The Console has 3 basic elements:

  A. Navigation Pane
  B. Detail Tabs
  C. Task Pane


4.1 Navigation Pane

This pane displays an organized, hierarchical view of each entity managed by the system, including Data Centers (Server Pools, Hosts, VMs, and Templates), Infrastructure-as-a-Service Clouds (IaaS), and Virtual Data Centers (Self Service). ConVirt has a highly interactive interface that allows you to use a context-sensitive menu on any entity to invoke the appropriate operations. For example, if you select a VM, you can right mouse click to get to the context menu and invoke the desired operations.

4.2 Detail Tabs

Each entity in the system has at least an Overview tab and a Configuration tab, and if appropriate, a Servers tab. The Overview tab shows summary information as well as information that requires attention. It also shows various charts that shows recent performance.

4.3 Task Pane

All operations within ConVirt are carried out via the task engine subsystem. It runs periodic tasks of monitoring hosts and virtual machines, data rollups and periodic maintenance. Information about the tasks submitted and their status is presented in the task pane at the bottom.

5 Adding Managed Hosts

When you first open ConVirt, you're faced with an empty Data Center. But with ConVirt's agentless architecture, bringing your virtualization hosts under management is a very simple discovery process.

 Feature Walkthrough: ConVirt for VMware(vCenter/ESXi)

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