Deploying the CloudBoost virtual appliance
After you configure the CloudBoost virtual appliance at the vSphere CLI, you can log in to the CloudBoost management console to configure its deployment settings.
Before you begin
- Configure the CloudBoost virtual appliance. For more information, see my post on Configuring the CloudBoost virtual appliance
- Understand SSL Certificate management for CloudBoost. For more information, see my post Manage SSL Certificates for the CloudBoost Virtual Appliance
- Use a Web browser to log in to the Cloudboost virtual appliance at https://<FQDN>:4444 where <FQDN> is the fully qualified domain name specified at the vSphere CLI with the default username, local\admin, and the password specified during initial configuration. If a password was not specified at the vSphere CLI during initial configuration, the default password is password. You must immediately change this default password.
- Click Get Started, and on the License Agreement page, click I Agree. The Deployment page opens.
- Review the network and host settings you defined at the vSphere CLI. For more information, see my post Configuring the CloudBoost virtual appliance.
- In the Deployment Type field, select Standard Deployment, and then click Save and Continue.
- On the Licenses page click New License, paste the key you've been given into the Add a License text box, click Add, and then click Save and Continue. The Outbound HTTP Proxy page opens.
- If an HTTP proxy must be used to reach the cloud storage service from the VM, select the Enable Outbound HTTP Proxy checkbox, enter the hostname and port in the HTTP Proxy hostname and port fields, and then click Save and Continue. The Cloud Storage Profile page opens.
- Click New Profile, provide the required information for this cloud storage profile, click Add, and then click Save and Continue. While you may select EMC object store, it may not be available yet. Your EMC presales professional services representative can help you learn more about this. The System Backup and Restore page opens.
- Select the cloud profile to which the CloudBoost virtual appliance will be backed up.
- To specify a container, click advanced settings, then type the name of an existing container in the Container for the backup files field.
- Click Save and Continue.
- Provide your SSL certificate information, and then click Save and Continue. The NTP (Network Time Protocol) page opens.
- To minimize clock drift, select the Enable NTP checkbox, enter the FQDN or IP address for at least one NTP server, and then click Save and Continue. It is best for this NTP server to be in sync with the one used by the object store. The Notifications page opens.
- To enable email notifications of system events, select the Enable notifications for system events checkbox.
NOTE: Your network and firewall must be configured to allow traffic through the SMTP port you specify for the notification service.
- In the SMTP Server and Port fields, specify the server name and port number.
- In the Sender Address field, specify the email address from which event notifications are sent. firstname.lastname@example.org
- If your SMTP provider operates an authenticated service, provide the necessary credentials in the Username and Password fields.
- If necessary, select the Use TLS when connecting to the mail server checkbox.
- To subscribe recipients to event notification emails, click any event level to select or deselect it, enter an email address for each recipient for the selected notification event levels, and then click Save.
- Click Save and Continue. The External Access page opens.
- To enable access to the management console from a secure HTTP port (443), select the Enable external access checkbox, and then click Save and Continue.
- The CloudBoost virtual appliance is deployed with all the settings you specified.
- After you finish Download the CloudBoost encryption key. For more information, see my post Download the CloudBoost encryption keys