Using the Opsview Pro/Enterprise Virtual Appliance

Our production-ready VMware Virtual Appliance is ideal for running Opsview Enterprise or Opsview Pro in an ESX, vSphere or Player environment. If you haven’t done so already, download the virtual appliance for Opsview Pro or Opsview Enterprise - the image is quite large (over 500MB) so may take some time.

Once you have downloaded, extract the virtual appliance. It will be in a folder of the name Opsview_Pro_virtual_appliance_VERSION or Opsview_Enterprise_virtual_appliance_VERSION.

The virtual machine is configured to use 3.5GB of RAM and has an expandable disk with a maximum capacity of 80GB.

You can now import the appliance based on your VMware environment.

VMware ESX/vSphere

This section assumes you are importing the Opsview Enterprise virtual appliance.

Open up your VMware Vi client / vSphere client, and login to the VMware environment you wish to deploy the virtual appliance to.

Once logged in, navigate to “File > Deploy OVF Template..”, as below:

Opsview Enterprise ESX Appliance

After clicking “Deploy OVF Template..”, you will be presented with a screen asking for the path to the .ovf file. Navigate to the “Opsview_Enterprise_virtual_appliance_VERSION” folder. Once in, click the .ovf and submit, as below:

Deploy ESX/vSphere virtual appliance

Click next, and next again, and enter a few details around virtual machine name, and the disk format (choose thin or thick provisioning), before clicking finish.

This will then upload and create the new virtual appliance onto your ESX/vSphere installation:

Import Enterprise ESX virtual appliance

Once complete, click on your virtual appliance and click “Power on the virtual machine”:

The virtual machine should now be running. It is set to get an address via DHCP by default - this will be displayed in the Console window.

VM console

In your web browser, go to your IP address http://ipaddress (replace with the actual IP, e.g. http://192.168.1.4) and you will see a display similar to below:

You will need to enter your EID (serial/license key) in the text box, and enter Submit. This will then authenticate your license against the Opsview servers. Once successful, you will be able to begin using Opsview. The initial username is admin and the password is initial.

VMware Player

This section assumes you are importing the Opsview Pro virtual appliance.

Ensure that you have VMware Player installed. If not, click on the link here and install the latest version.

Open VMware Player and you will be presented with a screen similar to the image below:

welcome to VMware Player

Add the Opsview Pro virtual appliance. To do this, click on “Open a Virtual Machine”, change the file type to “all” and select the downloaded virtual appliance as below and click open:

Open Opsview Pro Virtual Appliance

After you click “open”, you will be presented with the screen below:

import virtual machine

You can change the name of the virtual appliance, and also where we want to store the VM once it is added and imported. Once you are happy with the values, click on import and VMware Player will add your VM:

import OpsviewProVM

Once the process is complete, your VM will be ready for your use as per the screen below:

Opsview VMware Player

You can optionally enable Intel-VT/AMD-V to significantly improve VM performance. Right-click on the VM, select “Virtual Machine Settings…” and enable as below:

Click on “Play virtual machine”, and your VM will boot up and load Opsview Pro. You may be prompted to install Virtual Machine tools.

The virtual machine should now be running. It is set to get an address via DHCP by default - this will be displayed in the Console window:

Opsview Pro Console

In your web browser, go to your IP address http://ipaddress (replace with the actual IP, e.g. http://192.168.1.4) and you will see a display similar to below:

You will need to enter your EID (serial/license key) in the text box, and enter Submit. This will then authenticate your license against the Opsview servers. Once successful, you will be able to begin using Opsview. The initial username is admin and the password is initial.

FAQs:

I get an error message Invalid OVF package format

This can happen if you try to deploy the ZIP file into VMware, rather than the OVF file. Make sure you extract the ZIP archive correctly and deploy the OVF file.

What are the login details for the command line?

Use “conf” for both username and password (some older virtual appliances use “opsview” for both username and password instead). Then use “sudo su -” to change to root.

I am running Opsview in a dark environment (without network access) - how can I activate?

You can use the “Manual activation” method, outlined here.

The time on the virtual machine is wrong

This could be because the VMware host machine has the wrong time - check and fix if appropriate.

How can I have a fixed IP address for the virtual machine?

There is a tool provided called ''netconf'' which will prompt for information. Login as the ''conf'' user and run ''netconf''

conf@opsview-demo:~$ netconf
  Network Setup 
  =============
  Enter IP address (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx): 192.168.0.100 
  Enter subnet mask (255.255.255.0): 255.255.255.0 
  Enter default gateway: 192.168.0.254 
  Enter DNS servers (space separated): 192.168.0.1 192.168.0.2 
  Mail relay host: mail.example.com 
Use these settings (y/n) ? y

The configuration changes will now be applied - you should then see the message:

Network setup complete.

and you should be able to connect to the Opsview server on the IP address specified above - in this instance it would be http://192.168.0.100/. We recommend you reboot now to test that the changes are persistent.

VMware monitoring isn't working out of the box, do I need to install anything extra?

Yes. Unfortunately we are not legally allowed to bundle the VMware SDK required for our service checks. However the installation process is defined in easy-to-follow steps in this blog post.

Where can I find further documentation?

Technical documentation can be found at docs.opsview.com.

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