VMware Workstation and Player

1 Introduction

The KEMP Virtual LoadMaster is a version of the KEMP LoadMaster that runs as a virtual machine within a hypervisor and can provide all the features and functions of a hardware-based LoadMaster.

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This document describes the installation of the Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) within a VMware Workstation and VMware Player hosted hypervisor environment.

As of June 30th, 2011 the VLM is no longer supported by KEMP on VMware Server, since VMware Server is no longer supported by VMware.

The VLM has been tested with VMware Workstation 4.0 and above and VMware Player 8.0 and above.

There are several different versions of the VLM available. Full details of the currently supported versions are available on our website: http://www.kemptechnologies.com.

The VMware virtual machine guest environment for the VLM, at minimum, must include:

2 x virtual CPUs (reserve 2 GHz)

2 GB RAM

16GB disk space (sparse where possible)

There may be maximum configuration limits imposed by VMware such as maximum RAM per VM, Virtual NICs per VM etc. For further details regarding the configuration limits imposed by VMware, please refer to the relevant VMware documentation.

2 Installing Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) on VMware Workstation/Player

The following instructions describe how to install a Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) on VMware Workstation.

2.1 Static MAC Addresses Must Be Configured

In case you move a VLM system to a different Virtual Machine, ensure that the MAC addresses of the Virtual Machine’s NICs stay the same. Static MAC addresses must be configured for all NICs within Virtual Machines.

For further information on configuring static MAC addresses, please refer to the relevant VMware documentation.

2.2 Download the OVF File

The VLM is packaged with a .ovf file for ease of deployment. This file can be freely downloaded from KEMP Technologies for a 30 day evaluation period. To download the VLM, please follow the instructions below:

1. Go to http://www.KEMPtechnologies.com/try.

2. Click the Download Now button.

3. Within the Select your hypervisor section, select the option for VMware (OVF).

4. Select your country from the drop-down list provided.

5. Read the End User License Agreement.

6. To proceed with the download, ensure the I agree to the End User License Agreement terms check box is ticked.

7. Click the Download button.

8. Unzip the contents of the zip file to an accessible location.

2.3 Deploy the OVF File

To import the OVF into Workstation, follow the steps below:

1. Open VMware Workstation.

2. Click Open a Virtual Machine.

3. Browse to the .ovf file and click Open.

4. Enter a Name for the new virtual machine.

5. Enter or browse to the Storage path for the new virtual machine.

6. Click Import.

7. If the import fails, click Retry to try again.

The LoadMaster OVF does not exactly match the VMware specifications. When you click Retry, the specifications are relaxed and the import should complete successfully.

2.4 Check the Virtual Machine Settings

Please verify that the Virtual Machine settings are configured with the recommended values:

2 x virtual processors

2 GB RAM

16 GB virtual hard disk capacity (sparse where possible)

2.5 Power On the LoadMaster

To power on the Virtual Machine:

1. Click the play button.

The VLM should begin to boot up.

An error message may appear stating “Could not connect to floppy A”. Please ignore this message.

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2. The VLM should obtain an IP address via DHCP. Make a note of this address.

If the VLM does not obtain an IP address, or if the IP address needs to be changed, it can be manually configured in the console by following the steps in the Configuring the LoadMaster via the Console section.

2.6 License and Configure the LoadMaster

The LoadMaster must now be configured to operate within the network configuration.

1. In an internet browser, enter the IP address that was previously noted.

Ensure to enter https:// before the IP address.

2. A warning may appear regarding website security certificates. Please click the continue/ignore option.

3. The LoadMaster End User License Agreement screen appears.

Please read the license agreement and, if you are willing to accept the conditions therein, click on the Agree button to proceed.

4. A screen will then appear asking if you are OK with the LoadMaster regularly contacting KEMP to check for updates and other information. Click the relevant button to proceed.

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5. If using the Online licensing method, fill out the fields and click License Now.

If you are starting with a trial license, there is no need to enter an Order ID. If you are starting with a permanent license, enter the KEMP Order ID# if this was provided to you.

If using the Offline Licensing method, select Offline Licensing, obtain the license text, paste it into the License field and click Apply License.

For detailed instructions on how to register for a KEMP ID and license the LoadMaster, refer to the Licensing, Feature Description on the KEMP Documentation Page.

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6. If you entered an Order ID, a screen appears that provides a list of available licenses for that order ID, in addition to any licenses registered for the KEMP ID based on the LoadMaster platform type. Select the license type you want to apply to this LoadMaster.

If the license type you want is not displayed, please contact your KEMP representative.

7. Click Continue.

8. The login screen appears, enter the bal user name and the password.

9. In the screen informing you that the password has changed, press the Continue button

10. If your machine has shipped with a temporary license you should get a warning informing you that a temporary license has been installed on your machine and for how long the license is valid.

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Click OK .

11. You should now connect to the Home screen of the LoadMaster.

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12. Go to System Configuration > Network Setup in the main menu.

13. Click the eth0 menu option within the Interfaces section.

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14. In the Network Interface 0 screen, enter the IP address of the eth0 interface, the network facing interface of the LoadMaster, in the Interface Address input field.

15. Click the Set Address button

16. Click the eth1 menu option within the Interfaces section

17. In the Network Interface 1 screen, enter the IP address of the eth1 interface, the farm-side interface of the LoadMaster, in the Interface Address input field.

18. Click on the Set Address button

This interface is optional, depending on the network configuration.

19. Click on the Local DNS Configuration > Hostname Configuration menu option.

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20. In the Hostname configuration screen, enter the hostname into the Current Hostname input field.

21. Click the Set Hostname button.

22. Click the Local DNS Configuration > DNS Configuration menu option.

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23. In the DNS configuration screen, enter the IP address(es) of the DNS Server(s)  which is used to resolve names locally on the LoadMaster into the DNS NameServer input field.

24. Click the Add button.

25. Enter the domain name that is to be prepended to requests to the DNS nameserver into the DNS NameServer input field.

26. Click the Add button.

27. Click the System Configuration > Network Setup > Default Gateway menu option.

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28. In the DNS configuration screen, enter the IP address of the default gateway into the IPv4 Default Gateway Address input field.

If you have an IPv6 Default Gateway, please enter the value in the IPv6 Default Gateway Address input field.

29. Click the Set IPv4 Default Gateway button.

The LoadMaster is now fully installed and ready to be used. For further information on how to configure and implement the Virtual LoadMaster, please refer to the LoadMaster documentation which can be downloaded from the http://kemptechnologies.com/documentation page.

3 Troubleshooting

3.1 Configuring the LoadMaster via the Console

If the LoadMaster does not automatically obtain an IP address using DHCP, or if the user prefers to configure the LoadMaster via the console, then the following configuration steps must be completed before starting the LoadMaster.

1. Login into the LoadMaster via the console using the settings

- lb100 login: bal

- Password: 1fourall

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2. Enter the IP address of the eth0 interface, the network facing interface of the LoadMaster, in the input field within the Network Side Interface Address dialog box.

3. Press OK.

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4. Enter the IP address of the default gateway in the input field of the Default Gateway dialog box.

5. Press OK.

6. Once these are set, a prompt will appear asking to connect to the web interface at the newly configured IP address. In an internet browser enter the IP address of the eth0 entered in Step 2.

Ensure to enter https:// before the IP address.

7. A warning may appear regarding website security certificates. Please click the continue/ignore option.

8. The LoadMaster End User License Agreement screen appears.

9. Please read the license agreement and, if willing to accept the conditions therein, click on the Agree button to proceed.

10. If the machine has shipped with a temporary license, a warning will appear informing that a temporary license has been installed on the machine and for how long the license is valid.

11. Click OK.

12. The Appliance Vitals screen of the LoadMaster should appear.

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The LoadMaster is now fully installed and ready to be used. For further information on how to configure and implement the Virtual LoadMaster, please refer to the LoadMaster documentation which can be found here: https://kemptechnologies.com/documentation.

 

3.2 Factory Reset

If you perform a factory reset on your VLM, all configuration data, including the VLM’s IP address is deleted. During the subsequent reboot the VLM attempts to obtain an IP address via DHCP. If the VLM is on a different subnet to the DHCP server then an IP address will not be obtained and the IP address is set to the default 192.168.1.101.

The VLM may not be accessible using this address. If this is the case then you must run through the quick setup via the console as described in the Configuring the LoadMaster via the Console section.

 

References

Unless otherwise specified, the below documents can be found at http://kemptechnologies.com/documentation.

Licensing, Feature Description

Document History

 

Date

Change

Reason for Change

Ver.

Resp.

Jan 2015

Release update

Update for 7.1-24

1.15

LB

Feb 2015

Minor update

Enhancement made

1.16

LB

Apr 2015

Release update

Update for 7.1-26

1.17

LB

Sep 2015

Screenshot updates

LoadMaster WUI reskin

3.0

KG

Dec 2015

Release update

Update for 7.1-32

4.0

LB

Jan 2016

Release update

Update for 7.1-32a

5.0

LB

Mar 2016

Minor update

Enhancement made

6.0

LB

Oct 2016

Release update

Update for 7.2.36

7.0

LB

Jan 2017 Release update Update for 7.2.37 8.0 LB
May 2017 Minor update Enhancement made 9.0 LB

 

 

 

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