EVO:RAIL – Installation
Here at VMworld 2014, one of the hands on labs was the new EVO:Rail. The lab walks through the process of the installation and then creating some VMs and managing them.
- Connect to the IP of the EVO:Rail cluster to start the installation process.
- Choose to customize the installation to assign IP addresses and passwords.
- Assign hostnames:
- Host prefix
- These settings will build the fqdn of each host – in the example we will receive 4 hosts named:
- Configure the name of the vCenter server.
- Configure the networking settings for the hosts. The 4 hosts (and future hosts) will get IPs assigned from this pool of IP addresses.
- Configure the IP addresses to be assigned to the vMotion interfaces for each host and VLAN ID.
- Configure the IP pool for the Virtual SAN interfaces and VLAN ID.
- Configure the vCenter server IP.
- Finally for networking, create any needed VM networks and associated VLAN IDs.
- Assign passwords (Not pictured). Assign the ESXi root password and also the vCenter password.
- Setup NTP servers and the time zone. Also, you have your choice of logging servers:
- vCenter Log Insight is included in EVO:Rail
- 3rd party logging solution
- Click Validate and then install – and EVO:Rail will deploy everything for you! (about 10 minutes)
- Congratulations! You have installed EVO:Rail, and are ready to deploy some VMs.