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VMware vCenter Mobile Access

Deployment Guide

VMware vCenter Mobile Access ..................................................................................... 3 Installation ...................................................................................................................... 3 System Requirements .................................................................................................. 3 Server ...................................................................................................................... 3 Clients ..................................................................................................................... 4 Installation Procedure .................................................................................................. 4 Packaging ................................................................................................................ 4 Installation Steps ..................................................................................................... 4 SSL Connections ............................................................................................................. 5 Other deployment considerations .................................................................................... 5

VMware vCenter Mobile Access


VMware vCenter Mobile Access (vCMA) is a fully configured and ready to run virtual appliance that is required to manage your data center from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (iPad). Using either a browser or the native iPad application, administrators can now perform various troubleshooting and remediation activities in their VMware environments from anywhere in the world. vCMA supports various vCenter and vSphere versions. In some cases, it also supports direct connection to ESX hosts, providing a reduced feature set. When accessed from a smartphone browser, vCMA ensures the interface is optimized for small-screens with pages are formatted appropriately. Data entry is minimized and mouse-style interaction is never required. NOTE: vCenter Mobile Access is a fling; weve put effort into making it stable, usable, and performant but it is not an officially supported VMware product. We hope you find it a valuable and time-saving way to interact with your virtual environment. Please visit the community forums at:

Installation
System Requirements
Server
The vCMA server runs in an ESX-compatible virtual appliance. The appliance is configured to use 512MB and 1 virtual CPU. The ESX host should have a minimum of 2GB of RAM and a minimum of 40GB of disk space free. The appliance takes up around 7GB of hard disk space. The appliance uses DHCP out of the box but administrators can change to a static address after installation using the appliance management interface at: https://<ip address>:5480 The appliance must be able to access the vCenter instances it is going to manage. The appliance also needs to be able to see hosts currently managed by vCenter for some of the application tools to work properly (ping, traceroute, etc). This diagram explains the optimal configuration.

ESX vCenter iPad VMware vCenter Mobile Access ESX

Smart Phone Smart Phone

ESX

All the software required for vCenter Mobile Access is packaged in the virtual appliance and no extra software needs to be installed.

Clients
Mobile devices, smartphones, tablets, and PDAs used to your datacenter must be able to access the vCenter Mobile Access server over the network. Some business-class mobile devices use an enterprise server that places them directly on their corporate intranet, which allows them to contact the vCMA server with no additional configuration. Other devices require more extensive configuration VPN access, firewall configuration, proxies, and other issues. Contact your network administrator if you want to use one of these devices to manage your datacenter.

Installation Procedure
Packaging
The vCenter Mobile Access server is packaged as a virtual appliance. The default username/password on the appliance is root/vmware IMPORTANT: It is strongly recommended to change the root password after installation. Download the distribution zip or OVF file from labs.vmware.com (the file is approximately 350 megabytes). Either of the file contain all the content and configuration information required to deploy and run the vCMA server.

Installation Steps

Follow the steps below to install the vCMA server. Note that the steps may be slightly different depending on the specific vSphere version. 1. Extract the zip file to a temporary directory, for example c:\temp. The files contained in the zip file include: Zip file OVF file .vmdk and .vmx files .vmdk and .ovf files

2. Launch the VI Client and log into your ESX box or vCenter instance. 3. In the inventory view, select the menu File-> Virtual Appliance -> Import 4. Select the option Import from file and browse to the OVF file, for example: c:\temp\vCenterMobileAccess-ovf\vCenterMobileAccess1.0.0.10.ovf and follow the wizard. 5. In the End User License Agreement page, read the license agreement completely, click on the Accept all license agreements, and continue the steps. 6. In the Name and Location page, provide the name for your virtual machine. 7. Once the wizard completes, a virtual machine will be created. Select the virtual machine and power it on. 8. Once it powers on, you can access the web application from your mobile device browser using the URL http://<vCMA server IP address>/vim. Once connected, you will see the login screen where you can provide the vCenter or ESX IP address or name as well as username and password. NOTE: For mobile access, it is recommended to create a separate mobile user login using the VMware vSphere Client.

SSL Connections
By default https (or SSL certificate) is enabled in the appliance for the vCMA for enhanced security. You can replace the out-of-the-box certificate with your own, if needed. However, http->https redirection is currently not supported.

Other deployment considerations


1. The vCMA server comes with a default userid/password. For security reasons, we strongly recommended that you change root password. 2. If you prefer, you can set a hostname or IP address for the appliance. 3. Using standard Linux utilities, you can change the date and time in the appliance. 4. You can also upgrade the hardware version and VMware Tools in the vCMA appliance following standard procedures.