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Preparing VMware vSphere for Parallels Remote Application Server

2X VDI Agent System requirements

VMware ESXi

VMware vSphere Client

VMware vCenter

Starting from vSphere v5.1 it's possible to use the vSphere Web Client instead of the

native vSphere Client.

Before continuing to set up your environment, please make sure that your VMware vSphere Client can connect to your VMware vSphere server.

A guest operating system (like Windows) must be created on the VMware vSphere server which features an RDP server.

Ideally, the guest name should be equal to the computer name.

The use of fixed IPs on the guest operating systems is preferred.

After the guest OS installation is complete make sure that the RDP server is started. To confirm that the server is running, launch a Remote Desktop Client and connect to the guest operating system using the computer name (of the guest OS) and the RDP port (default RDP port is 3389).

Setting up the 2X VDI Agent Appliance for VMware vSphere

The Parallels RAS VDI Agent Appliance for VMware vSphere can be downloaded from the downloads page.

Instructions for the native vSphere Client:

  1. Extract the ZIP file contents into a temporary directory.
  2. Login with the VMware vSphere client.

  1. Select "Deploy OVF Template..." from the file menu.
  2. Browse to the folder where the ZIP file (containing the Appliance) was extracted and click ‘Next’.

  1. Review product details and click ‘Next’.

  1. Choose a name and location for the deployed template and click ‘Next’.

  1. Choose on which host or cluster to deploy the template and click ‘Next’.

  1. Choose the desired resource pool and click ‘Next’.

  1. Choose the desired disk provisioning format and click ‘Next’.

  1. Choose the appropriate VDI network for the appliance and click ‘Next’.

  1. Tick "Power on after deployment".
  2. Click ‘Finish’ and wait for the import job to complete.

Instructions for the vSphere Web Client:

  1. Extract the ZIP file contents into a temporary directory.

  1. Login into the vSphere Web client.

  1. Navigate to Home > vCenter > VMs and Templates.

  1. Choose vCenter host and select "Deploy OVF Template..." from the "Actions" menu.

  1. Choose "Local file" and browse to the folder where the ZIP file (containing the Appliance) was extracted and click ‘Next’.

  1. Review product details and click ‘Next’.

  1. Choose a name and location for the deployed template and click ‘Next’.

  1. Choose on which host or cluster to deploy the template and click ‘Next’.

  1. Choose the desired storage settings and click ‘Next’.

  1. Choose the appropriate VDI network for the appliance and click ‘Next’.

  1. Tick "Power on after deployment".
  2. Click ‘Finish’ and wait for the import job to complete.

The network administrator should assign a fixed IP address to the appliance.

When using DHCP, take note of the MAC address assigned to the appliance and

add a DHCP reservation. If DHCP isn't available, a static IP needs to be

configured manually. Network settings can be changed by going to the

Advanced > Networking menu.

Refer to VMware's website for further information on deploying virtual appliances with VMware products.

Figure 2 - VMware ESXi VDI Agent Appliance