Step D: Deploy the VM and Install AWS Elemental Server - AWS Elemental Conductor File

This is version 2.15 of the AWS Elemental Conductor File documentation. This is the latest version. For prior versions, see the Archive section of AWS Elemental Conductor File and AWS Elemental Server Documentation.

Step D: Deploy the VM and Install AWS Elemental Server

After you've installed the AWS Elemental Conductor File nodes, perform these steps on each individual blade that you're adding to the cluster in order to deploy a VM and install the AWS Elemental Server worker software.

  1. Start the VMware vSphere client and choose the option that lets you run the OVF Deploy wizard.

    Screen and Field Action
    Select source Do one of these:
    • Choose URL and enter the network share where you placed the OVA.

    • Choose Local file and browse to the download directory on your workstation, then select the OVA.

    Review details Make sure the value for Size on disk is as expected.
    Accept EULAs Accept the EULA.
    Destination > Select name and folder
    • Assign a name to the guest (the VM that you are building on the physical blade).

    • Select a folder: Select the physical blade where the guest will be created.

    Destination > Select storage Complete this screen as desired.
    Destination > Setup networks Complete this screen as desired.
    Destination > Customize template > General Do the following:
    • Hostname: Create a hostname for this guest. For example, “conductor-file01” or “conductor-file-chicago-01”. The hostname must be unique among all of your AWS Elemental products.

    • Shut down VM after installation: Make sure you set this to your preference.

    Destination > Customize template > Installer
    • Location field: enter the path and filename of the AWS Elemental Server installer (.run) file. The path is to the network share where you placed the installer after downloading it.

    • Installer options: enter this string

      -s -e 2790@<IP address of primary Conductor File node>:2790@<IP address of secondary Conductor File node>

      For example, -s -e 2790@10.24.34.2:2790@10.24.34.0

      Where:

      • The -s option instructs the installer to start the service (elemental_se) automatically.

      • The -e option (and its parameters) configures the worker node with the IP address and port of each Conductor File node. This address is used to obtain a pooled license when required.

    • License file: leave empty.

    Destination > Customize template > Networking
    • DNS servers field: Leave blank; you will configure DNS servers in the next phase of configuration.

    • eth0 field: Complete if you are using static IP addresses. Leave blank if you are using DHCP.

    • eth1 and eth2 fields: Leave blank; you will configure more Ethernet devices in the next phase of configuration.

    Ready to complete Power on after deployment: Select this field.
  2. Choose Finish. The OVA is installed, the guest is created, and AWS Elemental Conductor File is installed on that guest with the eth0 configured as specified.

  3. Before proceeding, take a snapshot of the VM, as described in the VMware vSphere help text.

  4. When you've finished installing, enter the hostname of the worker node into a web browser and make sure that the web interface appears.

  5. Repeat these steps for each worker node.