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If you are using your system’s default docker0 interface as the Ethernet bridge, ensure that you enter the bridge’s IP address and netmask in the Docker daemon configuration section when you deploy on-prem hosts using the OVA template. Note that the network is assigned to docker0 by default.


Depending on the version of your vCenter, the available options and their locations described below could vary. The following procedure is served as a guideline for the options that you must enter when deploying on-prem hosts in vCenter. For details about vCenter, refer to the VMware documentation.

For information on increasing the disk size for On-prem deployment when using OVA, see Increasing Disk Size for an On-Prem Deployment When Using OVA.

To deploy on-prem hosts in VMware vCenter, complete the following.

  1. In the Cloud Services Portal, go to Administration ->  Downloads.
  2. On the Downloads page, click Download Package for VM, and then save the OVA file on your system.
  3. Launch vCenter on your Linux or Windows server.
  4. Navigate to File -> Deploy OVF Template to start the Deploy OVF Template wizard.
  5. In the Select template section, complete the following:
    • Deploy from a file or URL: Enter the path of the OVA file for the Data Connector, and then click Next, as illustrated below.
  6. In the Select name and location section, complete the following:
    • Name: Enter a unique name for the Data Connector application. This name must be unique within the location you select.
    • Inventory Location: Select the location in the inventory folder in which the Data Connector will reside.
  7. In the Select a resource section, select the host or cluster on which you want to deploy the OVF template.
    • In the Specify a Specific Host section, select a specific host within the cluster, and then click Next, as illustrated below.
  8. In the Review details section, verify the OVF template details, and then click Next, as illustrated below.

  9. In the Select storage section, complete the following:
    • Select virtual disk format: Select the disk format type. Thick Provisioned = Allocate all storage immediately. Thin Provisioned = Allocate the storage on demand as data is written to the virtual disks.
    • VM storage policy: Select the VM datastore you want to store the Data Connector application. Ensure that you select a datastore that is large enough to accommodate the VM and all of its virtual disk files.
  10. In the Select Networks section, complete the following:
    • Source Network: Select the source network from the table.
    • Destination Network: From the drop-down menu, select the destination network.
  11. In the Customize template section, complete the following:
    • Expand Cloud Credentials and complete the following:
      • HTTPS Proxy: Enter the URL for the HTTPS proxy in this format: http://[user:passwd@]<Proxy>:<Proxy_Port>


        https:// (TLS) proxies are not supported. http:// (non-TLS) proxies are supported using the environment variable HTTPS_PROXY or HTTP_PROXY. Do not confuse the proxy’s protocol (http:// or https://) with the proxied protocol (HTTPS_PROXY or HTTP_PROXY).

      • Join Token: This is the join token that you created and copied from the Cloud Services Portal. You must log in to the Cloud Services Portal to create the join token. In the Cloud Services Portal, go to Manage -> On-Prem Host → Join Tokens. After you create a new join token, you will see the token string in the Copy Token dialog. Copy the token sting and enter it here (note that the token appears only once. If you already have an existing join token you want to use for this deployment, enter the token string here.
    • Expand DNS resolver and NTP configuration and complete the following:
      • NTP server(s): Enter the FQDN, IPv4 or IPv6 address of the NTP servers with which you plan to synchronize time.
      • NameServers: Enter the IP addresses of the DNS resolvers here
    • Expand Docker daemon configuration and complete the following:
      • Bridge IP address and netmask: Specify the IP address and netmask for the docker0 interface. You can use the standard CIDR notation if desired.
    • Expand IPv4 Network Settings and complete the following:
      • IPv4 Network address (required): Enter the IPv4 address, netmask, and gateway for the network to which the Data Connector connects.
    • Optionally, expand IPv6 Network Settings and complete the following:
      • IPv6 Network address: Optionally, you can enter the IPv6 address, CIDR, gateway, and the nameserver for the network to which the Data Connector connects.
  12. In the Ready to complete screen, review and verify the configuration, and then click Finish. The following is an example with sample data:
  13. You have now successfully deployed the Data Connector as an on-prem host. It might take a few minutes for the Data Connector and the Cloud Services Portal to connect.
  14. For DNS to function properly in OVA deployments on ESXi servers, ensure that you enable the Synchronize guest time with host option during the deployment and that your ESXi host is synchronized with the NTP server. If you do not select the Synchronize guest time with host option (or if this option is disabled), the on-prem host synchronizes with the Ubuntu NTP servers: and When you disable this option, ensure that you open the UDP 123 port for time synchronization with the Ubuntu NTP servers. For more information, see Synchronizing Time on the ESXi Servers.
  15. To check the current status of the on-prem host, you can go to Manage -> On-Prem Hosts in the Cloud Services Portal. For more information about the host status, see Managing Data Connectors.

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