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Uploading and Deploying a vTA Image

Once you have your vTA image, you need to upload it to your VMware environment and deploy it. This can be done either via the VMware vSphere Client or with the OVF Tool.

The supplying of Netrounds of user data is done in the process of this deployment.

Uploading and Deploying a vTA Image via vSphere Client

This is possible only in Windows and iOS. If you are using a different operating system, you need to use the method in the section Uploading and Deploying a vTA Image with OVF Tool instead.

  • Log in to vSphere Client.
  • In vSphere Client, navigate to vCenter Inventory Lists.

  • Select vApps.

  • Click the Deploy OVF template button (circled in the screenshot below).

  • In the wizard that appears, select Local file and browse to select your OVA/OVF file. Then click Next.

  • On the Review details screen, click Next.

  • On the Select name and folder screen, Name is predefined as “netrounds”. Select a folder or datacenter as exemplified in the screenshot below. Then click Next.

  • On the Select a resource screen, select where to run the deployed template. Click Next.

  • On the Select storage screen, the settings can be left as-is. Select a datastore in which to store the files for the deployed template. Click Next.

  • On the Setup networks screen, edit the configuration if necessary; otherwise, no action is required here. Continue by clicking Next.

  • On the Customize template screen, you need to fill in your Paragon Active Assurance cloud-init config (“user-data”) in base64-encoded format.

The cloud-init config is as shown below. Replace the values as appropriate. Note that lines with parameter settings must be indented as shown. Lines where the default value is kept can be omitted.

  • In Linux you can use the base64 command to do the encoding:
  • Then click Next.

  • Finally, on the Ready to complete screen, review your settings. Then click Finish.

The OVF template will now be deployed in VMware. This will take a non-trivial amount of time; the progress of the deployment is shown in the Recent Tasks pane in vSphere Web Client:

Uploading and Deploying a vTA Image via vSphere Client

Powering On the vTA

For the vTA to come online, you must power it on. In vSphere Client, do as follows:

  • From the Home screen in vSphere Client, navigate to vCenter Inventory ListsvApps, and select your vApp (by default named “netrounds”).

  • Click the Power on vApp link to power on the “netrounds” vApp. This powers on the NetroundsVTA virtual machine as well.

The vTA will now register with Control Center and appear in its web GUI under Test Agents. Check for the vTA name in that view to verify that the vTA has registered.

Uploading and Deploying a vTA Image with OVF Tool

With OVF Tool the procedure for vTA deployment is as follows:

  • You first need to configure vTA user data in the OVF file. To this end, uncompress the OVA file, which among other things contains the OVF.
  • Open the OVF file in your text editor of choice and scroll down to the ovf:ProductSection tag:
  • Inside that tag you will find several ovf:Property tags, each of which controls one data entry, identified by its ovf:key. To change the value of a Property, edit its ovf:value:
  • When done configuring vTA user data, compress the files back into an OVA again (use the tar format and then replace the file extension).
  • You are now ready to upload your vTA image with OVF Tool. The vTA image also needs to be powered on in the same command. Use this syntax:

Here, each CAPITALIZED word should be replaced with the appropriate value, and file.ova is the name of your OVA file.