VMware

Installation requirements

  • OVA with Hystax Acura (provided by request)
  • Hystax Acura Controller from the provided OVA with not less than 8 vCPUs and 16GB RAM and a 200GB disk
  • Hystax Acura Cloud Agent requires at least 2 vCPUs and 4GB RAM
  • A user with administrative permissions to operate VMware APIs
  • SMTP server with TLS/SSL encryption
  • Security groups allowing the following traffic:
  • Hystax Acura host:
  • Ingress – tcp/443;
  • Ingress – tcp/4443;
  • Ingress – udp/12201.
  • Hystax Cloud Agent (launched manually in the target ESXi or vCenter cluster):
  • Ingress – tcp/80;
  • Ingress – tcp/3260;
  • Ingress - tcp/15000;
  • Egress – tcp/443 (from Cloud Agent to ESXi/vCenter)
  • Egress – tcp/udp 902 (from Cloud Agent to ESXi host).
  • Source network should have DHCP enabled to allow communication between Acura’s components. If that is not possible, please assign static IPs for the instances by editing their network configuration as described in our example Knowledge Base article.

Installation steps

  1. Create a machine from the OVA with Hystax Acura and start it.
  2. Open a web browser and go to https://<ip_address_of_the_machine>/. You will be redirected to the Hystax Setup Wizard. After you perform all the steps, the installation will be complete, and you will be able to start using Hystax Acura.
  3. Step 1: Enter an organization name and the new Hystax Admin User credentials into the Setup Wizard. This will be the user account for logging in to the Hystax Acura Control Panel and managing the system. If there are any errors, the system will notify you.

Step1

  1. Step 2: Fill in your Hystax License key that was supposed to be shared with you in advance as well as the settings for accessing your mail server, which will be used to send notifications from Acura and generate periodic reports.

Attention

SMTP server with TLS/SSL encryption is required to proceed with deployment.

If you prefer a public SMTP server associated with your email address (gmail, yahoo etc.), please find its settings online. In case of a private SMTP server, contact your network administrator for further details.

A sample notification will be sent to the specified “Test email” to verify the functionality when you click “Next”.

Step2

  1. Step 3: Fill in all the fields by providing cloud configuration details. Use question mark icons to get hints on the fields. After you click “Next”, the Setup Wizard will validate the entered data and notify you in case of an error.

Step3_vmware

Field Description Example
Endpoint IP or FQDN of the target vCenter or ESXi host my.vmware.loc
Login User that will be used to work with VMware APIs. In order for the solution to work properly, this user must have Administrative permissions. acura_admin
Password Password for the provided user mypass
Target ESXi hostname Hostname of the ESXi host that the machines will be replicated to localhost
Target datastore Name of the datastore that the machines will be replicated to Datastore1
Hystax Acura Control Panel Public IP Public IP which will be used to access the Hystax Control Panel via web browser and by replication agents 18.5.123.15
Additional parameters Other additional parameters in JSON format, for example: {“parameter”:”value”} {“vmware_name_postfix “: “replica”}
  1. Step 4: Installation is complete, and you can now log in to the Acura Control Panel (ACP) using credentials entered in the first step.

Step4

Congratulations, you are now ready to use Acura!

Installation with vCloud Director

In case of using vCD in your VMware setup, check the corresponding box at Step 3 and fill in the extra mandatory fields needed to access the target environment.

Attention

Acura requires at least Organization Admin credentials to operate with vCloud.

Step3_vcd

Field Description Example
Endpoint IP or FQDN of the target vCenter my.vmware.loc
Login User that will be used to work with VMware APIs. Administrative permissions are mandatory for the user acura_admin
Password Password for the provided vCenter user mypass
vCloud Director endpoint IP or FQDN of the vCloud Director to connect to my.vmware.vcd
Login Username to log into the vCloud Director vcd_admin
Password Password for the provided user mypass
Organization name Default organization for registering machines Myorganization
Organization VDC Default Virtual Data Center for the machines Datastore1
Default vApp name Default vApp name to register machines My_vAPP
Hystax Acura Control Panel Public IP Public IP which will be used to access the Hystax Control Panel via web browser and by replication agents 18.5.123.15
Additional parameters Other additional parameters in JSON format, for example: {“parameter”:”value”} {“vmware_name_postfix “: “replica”}