Installing a VMWare Virtual Appliance

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Download the OVF Template

  1. Click on the link below to download the OVF Template for the VALT virtual appliance.
    VMWare 7.0
  2. Extract the .zip file

Load the Template on vSphere

  1. Open vSphere Client.
  2. Click on File.
  3. Select Deploy OVF Template from the menu.
  4. Click on Browse.
  5. Browse to where you extracted the zip file.
  6. Select the Valt.ovf file.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Enter a name for your VALT appliance.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Select your disk provisioning
    Thin Provisioning Recommended
  13. Click Next.
  14. Select the network the appliance should be connected to.
  15. Click Next.
  16. Click Finish.

Configure Virtual Hardware

  1. Right click on the Virtual Machine in vSphere Client.
  2. Select Edit Settings from the menu.
  3. Adjust the memory and CPU of the appliance to support the number of cameras. The table below contains IVS' recommended specs.
Cameras Cores Memory
2 2 4 GB
5 4 8 GB
15 8 16 GB
25 16 32 GB
30 20 40 GB
40 24 48 GB
50 32 64 GB

Click OK once all changes have been made.

You can also adjust the size of the data drive. The default size is 2 TB. If you adjust the size of the virtual drive, you will also need to adjust the size of the partition.

Configure IP Address

You must complete these steps, even if you have already specified an IP address for the server or want to use DHCP. This will configure the VALT software with the correct IPs

For more in depth information on network configuration options, see the VALT Command Line Menu page.

  1. Access the VALT Server Command Line Menu.
    This menu is presented automatically at the VALT server terminal. It can also be accessed via ssh by running the following command from the prompt:
sudo /usr/local/valt/bin/Menu
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  2. Enter Option 1 for Network Configuration.
  3. Enter Option 2 for Set IPs.
  4. Select your interface from the options listed.
  5. Select Static or DHCP.
    For this example we will select DHCP
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  7. Type Y when to configure this interface for client access.
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  9. Enter the IP Address of the interface when prompted.

IP Address changes will not take effect until the server has been rebooted.

Configure a unique machine id

  1. Access the VALT Server Command Line Menu.
  2. Choose Option 6 to drop to a shell
  3. Type the following and press enter:
    sudo rm /etc/machine-id
  4. Type the following and press enter:
    sudo systemd-machine-id-setup

Set the Timezone

  1. Connect to the VALT appliance via SSH or from the terminal menu, exit to the shell.
  2. From command line type in the following, and press Enter:
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
  3. Select your Country.
  4. Select your Time Zone.
  5. From command line type in the following, and press Enter:
    sudo service apache2 restart
  6. From command line type in the following, and press Enter:
    sudo service WowzaStreamingEngine restart

Accessing VALT from a Web Browser

Note that you should use the IP address you used from when you configured the IP address up above
  1. Open a web browser
  2. Type the IP address, or domain name of your VALT server into the URL bar
    • If you do not know your IP address or domain name, ask your local VALT admin.
    Type VALT URL.gif
  3. You should now be at your VALT login screen
    VALT Login Screen.png

Next Steps

Once you can reach the VALT interface in your web browser, your VALT Virtual Appliance has been successfully deployed! You can reach out to your Project Manager to schedule a VM Validation. At that time, one of our Support Engineers will validate the deployment and assist with licensing and mass storage configuration.