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Creating Your Virtual Machine


To install a virtual appliance, you must first use VMWare ESXi to create a virtual machine.

  1. From the VMware vSphere Client, click File > New > Virtual Machine.
  2. Add the Name and Location, and select the Datastore for the new virtual machine.
  3. Use the following steps to guide you through the choices:
    1. In the Configuration pane of the Create New Virtual Machine window, select Custom.

    2. In the Virtual Machine Version pane, select a virtual machine hardware version 13. For more information about VMWare ESXi and hardware versions, see ESXi/ESX hosts and compatible virtual machine hardware versions list (

    3. For the Operating System (OS), select Linux, and select Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit).

    4. On the CPUs page, configure the number of virtual processors that you want for the virtual machine.

    5. In the Memory Size field, type or select the RAM required for your deployment.

    6. Use the following table to configure your network connections.

      Table 1: Descriptions for Network Configuration Parameters



      How many NICs do you want to connect?

      You must add at least one Network Interface Controller (NIC)



    7. In the SCSI controller pane, select VMware Paravirtual.

    8. In the Disk pane, select Create a new virtual disk and use the following table to configure the virtual disk parameters.

      Table 2: Settings for the Virtual Disk Size and Provisioning Policy Parameters




      256 or higher (GB) for the installation. Your storage capacity depends on your event rate, the average size of your events, and your retention requirements.

      Disk Provisioning

      Thin provision

      Advanced options

      Do not configure

  4. On the Ready to Complete page, review the settings and click Finish.