Deploying LogonBox VM in VMware ESXi 6.x

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This article walks you through the installation of the LogonBox Virtual Machine on VMware's ESXi Hypervisor version 6.x using vSphere web access. 

 

Step 1. Pre-requisites

You need to download the virtual machine image for your Hypervisor.

Open your browser and navigate to https://www.logonbox.com/en/LogonBox-Registration

Enter your details and click Get LogonBox VM, this should send you an evaluation license.

Select ESXi OVF from the dropdown menu and click on the Download button.

 

If you already have a license you can go directly to the download page at https://www.logonbox.com/en/LogonBox-VM-Download and click the Download button.

 

 

 

Step 2. Installing the VM

To install the image onto an ESXi VM host, first extract the zip file just downloaded. This will contain 3 files (.mf, .ovf and .vmdk).

Now connect to the vSphere web access page and log on.

Right click Virtual Machines and select Create/Register VM

 

 

Select Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file and click Next.

Enter a suitable name for the machine and click to select files. Select the ovf and vmdk files and click Open.

Click Next to continue.

 

Continue through the rest of the deployment wizard, selecting a suitable storage location, networking and disk provisioning as appropriate for your environment.

Click Finish at the end of the wizard to start the image deployment.

 

The LogonBox VM can now be powered on assuming it has not automatically started.

 

Step 3. VMCentre Configuration

Open up the browser console in vSphere web access after the machine has booted. You will be presented with a screen prompting you to set a password. Enter a new password, confirm it and click Set.

 

Now re-enter this password to log on to VMCentre.

 

VMCentre is a frontend which we have created to help easily manage the virtual machine.

To learn about all of the features of VMCentre please refer to our separate guide.

For now, all we need to do is to configure the networking.

Click the Network Configuration button on the left hand side.

 

The network configuration defaults to DHCP, so if this is enough for your configuration then no further configuration is needed.

For setting a static address though, type in the values of the DNS server and DNS search domain, then type in the hostname that will be used for the VM.

Untick the DHCP checkbox and enter values for the IP, Gateway, Broadcast and Subnet addresses.

 

Once the configuration has been completed, scroll down the page and click Save. Click Apply on the confirmation window that appears.

 

Reboot the system to ensure the new IP settings are good, the current IP address should be displayed on the Logon page as well as the main VMCentre screen.

You may now continue the configuration in a web browser by connecting to https://<hostname>

When connecting to the web interface interface for the first time, you will be asked to run through the setup wizard to finalize the installation.