Friday, October 11, 2013

vCNS Manager Step by Step


VMwarevCloud Network and Security (vCNS), also used to be called vShield, provides network and network services for virtual environments like VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director.
vCNS leverages routing services through  vCNS Edge, which also provides firewalling, NAT, VPN, DHCP, VXLAN, You can also implement an agentless antivirus solution with vCNS Endpoint, all of that in a matter of minutes.
But the management of all these services are handle by a single component, vCNS Manager.
I know there is a lot of information about how to implement it out there, but for my own records and why not help others, I’d like to create my own step by step procedure on how to install vCNS Manager.

First download the appliance from VMware Web site
Yes you heard it right!! It’s a virtual appliance, easy to implement, I bet you are already enjoying it ; )

From vSphere Client start the process of deploying the appliance
- Select the OVF file you just downloaded and click Next

- Review the details and click Next

- Accept the EULA and click Next
- Give it a name and select the Datacenter where to deploy it. Click Next

- Select the Cluster where to deploy it and click Next
- Select the Resource Pool where to deploy it and click Next
- Select the Datastore where to store the vCNS Manager disks and click Next
- Select the Disk Format and click Next
Thin disk is perfectly OK for vCNS Manager.

- Select the correct Port Group for the appliance and click Next

- Review the Information and click Finish

The deploy will just starts up and a progress bar will be shown

Once deployed we need to configure it.


Throug vSphere Client open vCNS Manager console.
Login in with User: Admin and password: default
Run enable command to enter into a privileged session
Run setup to start the configuration script
- fill with your network information
allow at least few minutes before attempting to configure it. So the appliance can starts all it’s services .

Once Configure you can access it through your WebBrowser. ( https://”vCNS-Manager" )
- Login again with the above credentials to finish the configuration

Let’s starting changing this default password
- Click on the Change Password link

Type a new password and click OK.

At the main page, you have the option to configure several parameters, while some of them are not required, I strongly advise to configure them all.
- Click on the Edit button to starting configuring each one of them

Obviously vCenter Server is the critical one.
- Click on Edit and then fill the information about your vCenter server and a credential with Administrator privileges on it. Click OK.

- Just click Yes on the certificate warning

Now we just need to license the product.
- On the Licenses page select vCloud Network and Security, right click on it and select change license key.

- Just pick up the right license and click OK


That’s all folks !!!  
Easy, right ?!?!  You are now ready to start creating your own virtual network services.


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