AWS Storage Gateway
User Guide (API Version 2013-06-30)

Performing Maintenance Tasks on the VMware Local Console

For a gateway deployed on-premises, you can perform the following maintenance tasks using the VMware host local console.

Accessing the Gateway Local Console with VMware ESXi

To access your gateway's local console with VMware ESXi

  1. In the VMware vSphere client, select your gateway VM.

  2. Ensure that the gateway is turned on.


    If your gateway VM is turned on, a green arrow icon appears with the VM icon, as shown in the following screenshot. If your gateway VM is not turned on, you can turn it on by choosing the green Power On icon on the Toolbar menu.

  3. Choose the Console tab.

  4. After a few moments, the VM is ready for you to log in.


    To release the cursor from the console window, press Ctrl+Alt.

  5. To log in using the default credentials, continue to the procedure Logging in to the Local Console Using Default Credentials.

Configuring Your Gateway for Multiple NICs in a VMware ESXi Host

The following procedure assumes that your gateway VM already has one network adapter defined and that you are adding a second adapter. The following procedure shows how to add an adapter for VMware ESXi.

To configure your gateway to use an additional network adapter in VMware ESXi host

  1. Shut down the gateway. For instructions, see To stop a volume or tape gateway.

  2. In the VMware vSphere client, select your gateway VM.

    The VM can remain turned on for this procedure.

  3. In the client, open the context (right-click) menu for your gateway VM, and choose Edit Settings.

  4. On the Hardware tab of the Virtual Machine Properties dialog box, choose Add to add a device.

  5. Follow the Add Hardware wizard to add a network adapter.

    1. In the Device Type pane, choose Ethernet Adapter to add an adapter, and then choose Next.

    2. In the Network Type pane, ensure that Connect at power on is selected for Type, and then choose Next.

      We recommend that you use the E1000 network adapter with Storage Gateway. For more information on the adapter types that might appear in the adapter list, see Network Adapter Types in the ESXi and vCenter Server Documentation.

    3. In the Ready to Complete pane, review the information, and then choose Finish.

  6. Choose the Summary tab of the VM, and choose View All next to the IP Address box. A Virtual Machine IP Addresses window displays all the IP addresses you can use to access the gateway. Confirm that a second IP address is listed for the gateway.


    It might take several moments for the adapter changes to take effect and the VM summary information to refresh.

    The following image is for illustration only. In practice, one of the IP addresses will be the address by which the gateway communicates to AWS and the other will be an address in a different subnet.

  7. On the Storage Gateway console, turn on the gateway. For instructions, see To start a volume or tape gateway.

  8. In the Navigation pane of the Storage Gateway console, choose Gateways and choose the gateway to which you added the adapter. Confirm that the second IP address is listed in the Details tab.

For information about local console tasks common to VMware and Hyper-V host, see Performing Common Maintenance Tasks on the VM Local Console