Set Up Your VMware Virtual Machine for a Single Cloud Server

Follow these steps to setup and configure your VM for a cloud deployment:

  1. Verify that your system meets the VM requirements.

    When using a VM, the following system resources must be allocated:
    ResourceMinimum Requirement
    ProcessorFour (4) virtual CPUs
    Memory8 GB RAM
    Local disk storage32 GB
    Network interface speed1 Gb NIC
    HypervisorVMware ESXi™ 6.5 or later (OVA image) for servers running Cumulus Linux, CentOS, Ubuntu and RedHat operating systems
  2. Confirm that the needed ports are open for communications.

    You must open the following ports on your NetQ Platform:
    PortProtocolComponent Access
    8443TCPAdmin UI
    443TCPNetQ UI
    31980TCPNetQ Agent communication
    32708TCPAPI Gateway
    22TCPSSH

    Port 32666 is no longer used for the NetQ UI.

  3. Download the NetQ Platform image.

    1. On the Cumulus Downloads page, select NetQ from the Product list.
    2. Click 3.0 from the Version list, and then select 3.0.0 from the submenu.
    3. Select VMware (Cloud) from the HyperVisor/Platform list.

    4. Scroll down to view the image, and click Download.

  4. Setup and configure your VM.

    Open your hypervisor and set up your VM. You can use this example for reference or use your own hypervisor instructions.

    VMware Example Configuration This example shows the VM setup process using an OVA file with VMware ESXi.
    1. Enter the address of the hardware in your browser.

    2. Log in to VMware using credentials with root access.

    3. Click Storage in the Navigator to verify you have an SSD installed.

    4. Click Create/Register VM at the top of the right pane.

    5. Select Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file, and click Next.

    6. Provide a name for the VM, for example Cumulus NetQ.

      Tip: Make note of the name used during install as this is needed in a later step.

    7. Drag and drop the NetQ Platform image file you downloaded in Step 2 above.

    8. Click Next.

    9. Select the storage type and data store for the image to use, then click Next. In this example, only one is available.

    10. Accept the default deployment options or modify them according to your network needs. Click Next when you are finished.

    11. Review the configuration summary. Click Back to change any of the settings, or click Finish to continue with the creation of the VM.

      The progress of the request is shown in the Recent Tasks window at the bottom of the application. This may take some time, so continue with your other work until the upload finishes.

    12. Once completed, view the full details of the VM and hardware.

  5. Verify the platform is ready for installation. Fix any errors indicated before installing the NetQ software.

    cumulus@hostname:~$ sudo opta-check-cloud
  6. Run the Bootstrap CLI. Be sure to replace the eth0 interface used in this example with the interface on the server used to listen for NetQ Agents.

    cumulus@:~$ netq bootstrap master interface eth0 tarball /mnt/installables/netq-bootstrap-3.0.0.tgz

    Allow about five to ten minutes for this to complete, and only then continue to the next step.

    If this step fails for any reason, you can run netq bootstrap reset and then try again.

    If you have changed the IP address or hostname of the NetQ Cloud VM after this step, you need to re-register this address with NetQ as follows:

    Reset the VM.

    cumulus@hostname:~$ netq bootstrap reset

    Re-run the Bootstrap CLI. This example uses interface eth0. Replace this with your updated IP address, hostname or interface using the interface or ip-addr option.

    cumulus@:~$ netq bootstrap master interface eth0 tarball /mnt/installables/netq-bootstrap-3.0.0.tgz

The final step is to install and activate the Cumulus NetQ software. You can do this using the Admin UI or the CLI.

Click the installation and activation method you want to use to complete installation: