Oracle VirtualBox

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.

This document describes the installation of the Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) within an Oracle VirtualBox hypervisor environment.

The VLM has been tested with Oracle VirtualBox 4.2.12.

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 Oracle VirtualBox environment for the VLM, at minimum, must include:

2 x virtual processors

2 GB RAM

16 GB disk space (sparse recommended - this may grow, depending on usage)

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

2 Installing Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) using Oracle VirtualBox

The following instructions describe how to install a Virtual LoadMaster on an Oracle VirtualBox.

2.1 Download the OVF File

The VLM is packaged with an .ova 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 Oracle VirtualBox.

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 Download.

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

2.2 Deploy the OVF File

To deploy the VLM, follow the steps below in Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager:

1. Open the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager.

2. Click the File > Import Appliance menu option.

3. Browse to and select the OVF file.

4. Click Next.

5. Click the Import button to begin the import of the VLM.

6. When complete, the LoadMaster VLM should be imported into the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager in a powered off state.

2.3 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)

2.4 Power On the LoadMaster

Once the VLM has been deployed it can be powered on:

1. Select the deployed VLM in the pane on the left.

2. Click the Start button.

The console should launch and the VLM should begin to boot up.

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3. The VLM should obtain an IP address via DHCP, please note this value.

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.

2.5 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 appears asking if you are OK with the LoadMaster regularly contacting KEMP to check for updates and other information. If you are OK with this, click Continue to proceed. If you want to disable this functionality, remove the check from the Enable Call Home check box and click Continue 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 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. It is recommended to configure static MAC addresses for all NICs within virtual machines.

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

3.3 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.

3.4 NIC Ordering After Reboot

When you add a new NIC to the VLM and reboot the machine, addresses are assigned to the NICs based on the order they are detected during the device scan. There is no guarantee that the NICs will retain the addresses they had previous to the reboot.

Thus, if you had a VLM setup with NIC0 assigned to eth0 add NIC1 assigned to eth1, after adding a third NIC, NIC3, and rebooting, there is no guarantee that that NIC0 and NIC1 will remain assigned to the interfaces they were assigned to previous to addition of an extra NIC. For example NIC0 could end up assigned to eth1 and NIC 1 assigned to eth2.

This will not occur if no additional NICs are added. For further information on ensuring that the ordering remains constant, please refer to the Oracle VirtualBox documentation.

References

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

Licensing, Feature Description

Last Updated Date

This document was last updated on 16 October 2017.

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