PernixData FVP Freedom: Installation (Part 2)
As a follow-up to Part 1, which shows how to install PernixData host extension module to the ESXi hosts, this post will demonstrate how to install the application and get started with PernixData FVP Freedom. Finally, Part 3 will demonstrate FVP configuration and performance metrics.
To get started, I’ll call out a few important requirements here that are noted in the Installation Guide:
- In an AD environment, it’s recommended to run the FVP Management Server service account using a service account that has full admin priveledges to vCenter and DBO permissions to the SQL server database.
- Management server can be Windows Server 2008 or 2012 (54-bit)
- Requires 8GB or RAM
- Requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or later.
- Must have 4 vCPUs allocated (if virtual)
- SQL 2008, Server 2012, or SQL 2014 are supported. Additionally, the free Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express is supported
1) Provision Windows VM to install FVP Freedom Management Server. Server should meet the requirements as shown above.
2) Install .NET Framework 3.1 using Server Manager or the PowerShell command below:
3) Create an AD Service Account to use for authentication to the SQL database. You can also use this same service account for FVP authentication and access to your vCenter Server as well.
4) Using SQL Server Management Studio (or PowerShell), create a database to use for FVP. Ensure that the service account created above has DBO permissions. From the example below, you can see that in my environment the SQL Server is named “SQL1” (which is running SQL 2012), the database name is “fvp”, and the service account is “itd\svc_fvp”.
5) Run the PernixData FVP Management Server installer using the service account (or log onto the server as that account). You can do this by holding Shift while right-clicking the .exe. As you can imagine, this will also require you to give the account appropriate permissions on the Windows server. In my small lab environment, I just gave it admin privileges to the FVP server.
6) Once the install wizard launches, you’ll be greeted with the normal prompts, including license agreement, install location, and install type. Afterwards, you be prompted to enter your VMware vCenter server information.
7) Once vCenter details have been entered and accepted, you’ll be prompted for the database information. Enter your details as required.
8) On the next step, select the Name or IP address and modify the ports, if required. I generally use the FQDN here.
9) Finish the wizard to complete the installation of PernixData FVP Management Server.
Congrats, the FVP Management Server and ESXi extension modules are now installed. Log into the Management Console to start configuring the application.
10) Browse to https://<Server Name or IP>:60002 and login using your vCenter Server credentials.