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    Installing vMX with VMware vSphere

    vMX supports different physical PCI devices such as E1000 and VMXNET3. The procedure in this section is specific to E1000 and VMXNET3 devices.

    To install vMX with vSphere for E1000 and VMXNET3 adapters, perform these tasks:

    Setting Up the Datastore

    To upload vMX to the ESXi datastore:

    1. Download the vMX software package for VMware from the vMX page.
    2. Launch the vSphere Web Client for your ESXi server and log in to the server.
    3. Click the Summary tab, select the datastore under Storage, right-click, and select Browse Datastore.
    4. In the Datastore Browser, click the Upload button, select Upload File, and upload the .vmdk files for the package contents listed in vMX Package Contents.

    Setting Up the Network

    To set up the different networks for management (br-ext), internal connection of the VMs (br-int), and WAN ports for data:

    1. In the left navigation pane, select the ESXi server and click the Configuration tab. Select Networking under Hardware.
    2. In the top right corner, click Add networking to create the management vSwitch (br-ext).

      In the Add Network Wizard dialog box:

      1. For Connection Type, select the Virtual Machine button and click Next.
      2. For Network Access, scroll down and select the Use vSwitch0 button, and click Next.
      3. For Connection Settings, name the network br-ext and click Next.

      This network is connected to the management port (for example, vmnic0), which has a management IP address.

    3. In the top right corner, click Add networking to add another vSwitch (br-int). In the Add Network Wizard dialog box:
      1. For Connection Type, select the Create vSphere standard switch button, clear all the physical NIC check boxes (vmnicx), and click Next.
      2. For Connection Settings, name the network br-int and click Next.

      Note that this network is not connected to any physical NICs.

    4. In the top right corner, click Add networking to add another vSwitch for the WAN port (p2p1).
      1. For Connection Type, select the Create vSphere standard switch button, select the physical NIC check box to which you want to direct WAN traffic (for example, vmnic2), and click Next.

        The link is up as indicated by 10000Full.

      2. For Connection Settings, name the network p2p1.
    5. In the top right corner, click Add networking to add another vSwitch for the WAN port (p2p2).
      1. For Connection Type, select the Create vSphere standard switch button, select the physical NIC check box to which you want to direct WAN traffic (for example, vmnic3), and click Next.

        The link is up as indicated by 10000Full.

      2. For Connection Settings, name the network p2p2.

    You can see the four vSwitches you created (br-ext, br-int, p2p1, p2p2) in the Configuration tab for Networking. You must enable promiscuous mode in all vSwitches so that packets with any MAC addresses can reach the vMX. For example, OSPF needs multicast MAC address communication so you must enable promiscuous mode to support it.

    To enable promiscuous mode in a vSwitch:

    1. In the Configuration tab for Networking, click Properties next to the Standard Switch for each vSwitch.
    2. In the vSwitch Properties dialog box, select vSwitch in the Ports tab and click Edit at the bottom.
    3. In the vSwitch Properties dialog box, select Accept from the Promiscuous Mode list in the Security tab and click OK.

    Creating VMs

    To create the VM for VCP and VFP, perform these tasks:

    Creating VCP VMs

    To create a VCP VM:

    1. In the left navigation pane, select the ESXi server. In the Getting Started tab, click Create a new virtual machine.

      The Create New Virtual Machine wizard is displayed.

    2. In the Configuration pane, select the Custom button and click Next.
    3. In the Name and Location pane, specify the name of the VM and click Next. For example, VCP for the Routing Engine VM.
    4. In the Storage pane, select the appropriate datastore (for example, datastore1) for the destination storage of the VM and click Next.
    5. In the Virtual Machine Version pane, select the Virtual Machine Version: 8 button and click Next.
    6. In the Guest Operating System pane, select the Other button, select Other (64-bit) from the list, and click Next.
    7. In the CPUs pane, select 1 for the number of cores per virtual socket and click Next.
    8. In the Memory pane, select 2 GB from the Memory Size list and click Next.
    9. In the Network pane, select 2 from the list, assign br-ext and br-int as E1000 adapters, and click Next.
    10. In the SCSI Controller pane, select the LSI Logic Parallel button (default option) and click Next.
    11. In the Select a Disk pane, select the Use an existing virtual disk button and click Next.
    12. In the Select Existing Disk pane, click Browse to select the appropriate jinstall64-vmx*.vmdk file from the datastore and click Next.
    13. In the Advanced Options pane, click Next to accept the default options.
    14. In the Ready to Complete pane, select the Edit virtual machine settings before completion check box and click Continue.

      In the Hardware tab of the Virtual Machine Properties window, click Add. The Add Hardware wizard is displayed.

      1. For Device Type, select Hard Disk and click Next.
      2. For Select a Disk, select the Use an existing virtual disk button and click Next.
      3. Select vmxhdd.vmdk from the datastore and click Next.

        The entry for the new hard disk that stores vMX configurations is at the bottom of the list.

      4. In the Hardware tab of the Virtual Machine Properties window, click Add. For Device Type, select Hard Disk and click Next.
      5. For Select a Disk, select the Use an existing virtual disk button and click Next.
      6. Select metadata_usb.vmdk from the datastore and click Next.

        The entry for the new hard disk is at the bottom of the list.

      7. Click Finish.

    Note: When adding virtual disks, make sure you select files from the datastore in the order specified by the procedure. You must add the disks with the selected files in this order:

    • jinstall64-vmx*.vmdk
    • vmxhdd.vmdk
    • metadata_usb.vmdk

    Creating VFP VMs

    To create a VFP VM:

    1. In the left navigation pane, select the ESXi server. In the Getting Started tab, click Create a new virtual machine.

      The Create New Virtual Machine wizard appears.

    2. In the Configuration pane, select the Custom button and click Next.
    3. In the Name and Location pane, specify the name of the VM and click Next. For example, VFP for the PFE VM.
    4. In the Storage pane, select appropriate datastore (for example, datastore1) for the destination storage of the VM and click Next.
    5. In the Virtual Machine Version pane, select the Virtual Machine Version: 8 button and click Next.
    6. In the Guest Operating System pane, select the Other button, select Other (64-bit) from the list, and click Next.
    7. In the CPUs pane, select the number of virtual sockets and click Next.
      • For performance mode: Select 7.
      • For default mode (lite): Select 3.
    8. In the Memory pane, select the memory for the VM and click Next.
      • For performance mode: Select 16 GB.
      • For default mode (lite): Select 8 GB.
    9. In the Network pane, select 4 from the list, assign br-ext and br-int as E1000 adapters, assign p2p1 and p2p2 (the WAN interfaces) as VMXNET3 or E1000 adapters, and click Next.
    10. In the SCSI Controller pane, select the LSI Logic Parallel button (default option) and click Next.
    11. In the Select a Disk pane, select the Use an existing virtual disk button and click Next.
    12. In the Select Existing Disk pane, click Browse to select the appropriate vFPC_*.vmdk file from the datastore and click Next.
    13. In the Advanced Options pane, click Next to accept the default options.
    14. In the Ready to Complete pane, click Finish.

    Modified: 2016-02-04