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.

 Installation Overview:

  • 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
    • Separator
    • Iterator
    • TLD
  • These settings will build the fqdn of each host – in the example we will receive 4 hosts named:
    • host01.localdomain.local
    • host02.localdomain.local
    • host03.localdomain.local
    • host04.localdomain.local
  • 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.




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