Deploying the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA

You should deploy the virtual appliance for Virtual Storage Console (VSC), VASA Provider, and Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) in your environment and specify the required parameters to be able to use the appliance.

Before you begin

About this task

If you are deploying a fresh installation of the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA, then VASA Provider is enabled by default. But in case of an upgrade from an earlier version of the virtual appliance, the state of VASA Provider is retained and you might need to enable VASA Provider manually.

Enabling VASA Provider for configuring virtual datastores

Steps

  1. Log in to the vSphere Client.
  2. Select Home > Host & Clusters.
  3. Right-click the required datacenter, and then click Deploy OVA template.
  4. Select the applicable method to provide the deployment file for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA, and then click Next.
    Location Action
    URL Provide the URL for the .ova file for the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA.
    Folder Select the .ova file for the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA from the saved location.
  5. Enter the following details to customize the deployment wizard:
    • Name for your deployment
    • Destination datacenter to apply permissions
    • Host on which the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA is to be deployed
    • Virtual disk format, VM Storage Policies, storage location, and network
    • Administrator user name and password
      Note:
      • You can set the administrator credentials for the vCenter Server while deploying the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA.

        If the password for the vCenter Server changes, then you can update the password for the administrator by using the following URL: https://<IP>:8143/Register.html, where the IP address is of the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA that you provide during deployment.

      • You must not use any spaces in the administrator password.
      • You must access the maintenance console by using the "maint" user name

        The password is set to "admin123" by default.

      • If you are not using DHCP, specify a valid DNS hostname (unqualified) as well as the static IP address for the virtual appliance and the other network parameters. All of these parameters are required for proper installation and operation.
    • The IP address (IPv4 or IPv6) of the vCenter Server instance to which you want to register the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA.
      The type of VSC and VASA certificates generated depends on the IP address (IPv4 or IPv6) that you have provided during deployment. While deploying the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA, if you have not entered any static IP details and your DHCP network provides both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses:
      • The virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA IP address used to register with vCenter Server depends on the type of vCenter Server IP address (IPv4 or IPv6) entered in the OVA deployment wizard.
      • Both the VSC and VASA certificates will be generated using the same type of IP address used during vCenter Server registration.
      • You can use the Application Configuration menu of the maintenance console of your virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA to change the password.

        Accessing the maintenance console options of the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA

      Important: IPv6 is supported only with vCenter Server 6.7 and later.
  6. Review the configuration data, and then click Next to finish deployment.
    As you wait for deployment to finish, you can view the progress of the deployment from the Tasks tab.
  7. Power on the virtual appliance virtual machine, and then open a console of the virtual machine running the virtual appliance.
  8. When prompted on the appliance console, return to the vCenter Server.
  9. In the Summary tab of the appliance virtual machine, select Install/Upgrade VMware Tools, and then click Mount.
    VMware Tools will automatically be installed. Follow the instructions in the appliance console to disconnect the Tools ISO when the installation complete.
  10. If the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA is not registered with any vCenter Server, use https://appliance_ip:8143/Register.html to register the VSC instance.
  11. Log out and re-login to the vSphere Client to view the deployed virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA.
    1. Log out from your existing vSphere Client and close the browser.
    2. Log in to the vSphere Client.
      It might take a few minutes for the plug-in to be updated in the vSphere Client.
      Troubleshooting: If you cannot view the plug-in even after logging in, you must clean the vSphere Client cache.

      Cleaning the vSphere cached downloaded plug-in packages

After you finish

Note: If you want to view the VASA Provider for ONTAP dashboard, then you must download and install OnCommand API Services.

Registering OnCommand API Services with the virtual appliance for VSC, VASA Provider, and SRA