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Installing the Management Node — VMware hypervisors

Before installing the Management Node we recommend that you review the VMware configuration prerequisites and the Installation checklist.

Installation of the Management Node is a two-step process:

  1. Deploying the VM template: this creates a new unconfigured instance of a generic Management Node VM.

    The process for deploying the template in a VMware hypervisor environment is described below.

    Instructions are provided for using either the vSphere desktop client or the vSphere web client.

  2. Running the installation wizard: after deploying the Management Node template, the installation wizard allows you to enter the basic configuration details for your Management Node VM.

Deploying the Management Node template

If an ESXi host is being managed by vCenter Server, all administration must be performed via vCenter Server. Do not log in directly to the ESXi host; configuration changes made in this way may be lost. To ensure that ESXi hosts being managed by vCenter Server are accessible via vCenter Server only and are not directly accessible, you should put them in Lockdown mode. Lockdown mode forces all operations to be performed through vCenter Server.

Running the Pexip Infinity installation wizard

To run the installation wizard, which configures the Management Node, you must open a console window on the Management Node VM.

Opening a console window

  1. Using either the vSphere desktop or web client, log in to the Management Node's VM Manager (vCenter Server or, for stand-alone deployments, the ESXi host).
  2. Power on the new Management Node VM (if it is not already powered on).
  3. Right-click on the new Management Node VM and select Open Console.

Running the installation wizard

  1. At the prompt, enter the username admin.

    The display will read:

    You are required to change your password immediately (root enforced)
    Enter new UNIX password:

  2. Create a password for the Management Node operating system by typing the password, pressing enter, retyping the password, and pressing enter again.
  3. Ensure you record the password in a secure location. After you have finished running the installation wizard you will not need the password again unless you need to access the Management Node using SSH.

    You are presented with another login prompt:

    Running Pexip installation wizard...
    [sudo] password for admin:

  4. Log in again with the password you just created.

    The Pexip installation wizard will begin.

  5. Follow the prompts to set the following configuration for the Management Node.

    If you press enter, the default value will be applied:

    Setting Default value Multiple entries allowed? Can be changed via Pexip Infinity Administrator interface?
    IP address 192.168.0.100 No No ‡
    Network mask 255.255.255.0 No No ‡
    Gateway 192.168.0.1 No No ‡
    Hostname <no default> No No ‡
    Domain suffix <no default> No No ‡
    DNS servers 8.8.8.8 Yes, if separated by a space Yes
    NTP servers †

    Two of the following:

    • 0.pexip.pool.ntp.org
    • 1.pexip.pool.ntp.org
    • 2.pexip.pool.ntp.org
    • 3.pexip.pool.ntp.org
    Yes, if separated by a space Yes
    Web administration username admin No No ‡
    Web administration password <no default> No Yes
    Enable incident reporting (yes/no) <no default>   Yes
    Send deployment and usage statistics to Pexip (yes/no) <no default>   Yes

    † The NTP server must be accessible by the Management Node at the time the startup wizard is run. Installation will fail if the Management Node is unable to synchronize its time with an NTP server.

    ‡ After they have been configured, do not attempt to change these settings by any other means. To change these settings on server-based deployments, you must re-run the installation wizard.

    The installation will begin and the Management Node will restart using the values you have configured.

Next steps

After you have run the installation wizard, you must perform some preliminary configuration before you can then deploy a Conferencing Node. See Initial platform configuration - VMware for more information.