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    Deploying a Junos Space Virtual Appliance on a VMware ESXi Server

    The Junos Space Virtual Appliance requires a VMware ESXi server 5.5 or 6.0 that can support a virtual machine with the following configuration:

    Note:

    • The ESXi host server must include a Standard or Enterprise edition license, which may not be installed on the host server by default.

    • VMware VMotion is not supported for moving Junos Space Virtual Appliances from one VMware ESXi server to another VMware ESXi server.

    For information about the minimum hardware requirements for deploying a Junos Space Virtual Appliance, see Junos Space Virtual Appliance Deployment Overview.

    Best Practice: We recommend the following best practices after you deploy the Junos Space Virtual Appliance on a VMWare ESXi server:

    • VMWare ESXi server snapshots should be taken after shutting down Junos Space servers. Ensure snapshots are taken simultaneously across all the nodes in the fabric.

    • To ensure optimal performance of Junos Space, configure purging policies for the VMWare host one month after the Junos Space fabric is functional.

    The deployment of a Junos Space Virtual Appliance on a VMware ESXi server includes the following tasks:

    1. Installing the VMware ESXi Server

    2. Installing a Junos Space Virtual Appliance on a VMware ESXi Server

    3. Modifying RAM Settings for a Junos Space Virtual Appliance

    4. Adding Disk Resources for a Junos Space Virtual Appliance

    Installing the VMware ESXi Server

    To install the VMware ESXi server:

    1. Download the VMware ESXi server installation package from https://www.vmware.com/download/vi/.

    2. Install the VMware ESXi server.

      For instructions to install the VMware ESXi server, go to https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vi_pubs.html.

      Note: You can install the VMware vSphere Client when you install the VMware ESXi server 5.5, or 6.0. Contact VMware for support with installing ESXi server.

      Note: Junos Space Network Management Platform is not certified to be used with VMware tools.

    Installing a Junos Space Virtual Appliance on a VMware ESXi Server

    You can use vSphere Client 4.0 or later or OVF Tool 2.01 or later to deploy the Junos Space Virtual Appliance image on a VMWare ESXi server.

    Installing a Junos Space Virtual Appliance by Using vSphere Client

    To create a Junos Space Virtual Appliance by using vSphere Client 4.0:

    1. Download the Junos Space Virtual Appliance image from https://www.juniper.net/support/downloads/?p=space#sw to your local system.

      Note: Do not change the name of the Junos Space Virtual Appliance image file that you download from the Juniper Networks support site. If you change the name of the image file, the creation of the Junos Space Virtual Appliance can fail.

    2. Launch the vSphere Client that is connected to the ESXi server where the Junos Space Virtual Appliance is to be deployed.
    3. Select File > Deploy OVF Template from the menu bar.

      The Deploy OVF Template page appears.

    4. Click the Deploy from file option and click Browse, and then upload the OVA file from your storage location.

      Note: You can use the same image to deploy both Junos Space and fault monitoring and performance monitoring (FMPM) nodes.

    5. Click Next.
    6. Verify the OVF Template details and then click Next.
    7. Specify a name and location for the deployed template and then click Next.

      A template name can contain a maximum of 80 characters. Template names are not case-sensitive.

    8. Verify your settings and then click Finish to create the Junos Space Virtual Appliance.

    Installing a Junos Space Virtual Appliance by Using the OVF Tool

    Before you use the OVF Tool to create a Junos Space Virtual Appliance, ensure that the OVF Tool is installed on the system where you save the Junos Space Virtual Appliance image file (*.ova).

    To create a Junos Space Virtual Appliance by using the OVF Tool:

    1. Download the Junos Space Virtual Appliance image from https://www.juniper.net/support/downloads/?p=space#sw to your local system.

      Note: Do not change the name of the Junos Space Virtual Appliance image file that you download from the Juniper Networks support site. If you change the name of the image file, the creation of the Junos Space Virtual Appliance can fail.

    2. Log in to the local system and navigate to the location where the Junos Space Virtual Appliance image file is saved.
    3. Run the following command:
      /usr/bin/ovftool/ovftool --name=virtual-appliance image-file vi://username:password@host-id

      where:

      • virtual-appliance is the name you assign to the Junos Space Virtual Appliance.

      • image-file is the name of the Junos Space Virtual Appliance image file.

      • username is the username of the host machine where you deploy the Junos Space Virtual Appliance.

      • password is the password of the host machine where you deploy the Junos Space Virtual Appliance.

      • host-id is the IP address of the host machine where you deploy the Junos Space Virtual Appliance.

      Example:

      /usr/bin/ovftool/ovftool -name=space1vm space-17.1R1.0.ova vi://username:password@10.157.10.1

      The Junos Space Virtual Appliance is deployed on the host machine.

    4. Log in to the host machine and edit the settings (number of processors, memory) of the Junos Space Virtual Appliance. For information about editing the settings of a Junos Space Virtual Appliance by using the OVF Tool, see the OVF Tool documentation at https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/ .

    Modifying RAM Settings for a Junos Space Virtual Appliance

    To add RAM for a Junos Space Virtual Appliance:

    1. Launch the VMware vSphere Client and log in to the ESXi server where the Junos Space Virtual Appliance is deployed.
    2. Select the Junos Space Virtual Appliance from the inventory view.
    3. If the Junos Space Virtual Appliance is powered on, you must power off the appliance to configure RAM.

      To power off the Junos Space Virtual Appliance, right-click the Junos Space Virtual Appliance icon and select Power > Power Off.

    4. Select the Summary tab to view the Junos Space virtual machine settings.
    5. Select Edit Settings to view and edit the virtual memory settings.
    6. Select Memory.
    7. Update the RAM to 32 GB to operate the Junos Space Virtual Appliance as a Junos Space node or as an FMPM node.
    8. Click OK.

      RAM is added to the Junos Space Virtual Appliance. 


    Adding Disk Resources for a Junos Space Virtual Appliance

    For information about adding disk resources for Junos Space Virtual Appliance, see Adding Disk Resources for a Junos Space Virtual Appliance.

    Modified: 2019-09-19