Install OVA with VMware Workstation/Player


The nShield Monitor OVA can be installed on a VMware Workstation/Player hypervisor including the following versions:

  • VMware Player or Player Professional 6

  • VMware Player or Player Professional 7

  • VMware Workstation 11

  • VMware Workstation 12.

The VMware Workstation and Player installation must be local to the machine nShield Monitor is being installed on.
The nShield Monitor virtual appliance does not have VMware Tools installed. As a result, copy and paste operations are not supported from the host or other guest OS to the virtual appliance console.

You should ensure that the machine that you install nShield Monitor on runs 24X7 throughout the duration. You may need to reboot at some point at which point you will have to enter passwords to re-establish the master key.

Note: If you are going to be running nShield at full capacity with 500 devices, a recommended precaution is to increase the 250GB disk in vCenter to 350GB after deploying the OVA but before powering it on. Once the OVA has been powered on the disk size cannot be changed.

Install the nShield Monitor OVA

Run the VMware Player or Workstation software.

The steps that follow apply for both the VMware Player and the VMware Workstation.
  1. Select Open a Virtual Machine from the Home tab.

    Virtual Machine home tab
    From the menu bar you can also select File (Alt + F) and Open(Ctrl + O). On VMware Workstation, this is the first option on the menu bar. For VMware Player, it is found under the Player drop down menu.

    VMware Player and Workstation versions vary on the home screen, so please refer to the documentation for the version that you plan to use.
    VMWare Workstation home screen
  2. Select Open a Virtual Machine.

    Open a Virtual Machine

    The Open Virtual Machine page opens.

    Open Virtual Machine page
  3. Select the OVA file to be installed.

  4. Select Open.

    The Import Virtual Machine dialog box opens.

    Import Virtual Machine
  5. Enter a name and path for the VM to be stored.

  6. Select Import.

    The End User License Agreement (EULA) page opens.

  7. Read the EULA.

  8. Select Accept.

    If you decline the EULA, you will be unable to proceed with the installation.

    The Import Progress page opens.

    Import progress

    Once nShield Monitor is installed you will be looking at the nShield Monitor VM (VMware Player) / VMware Workstation.

    nShield Monitor VM
    nShield Monitor VM details

    After deployment of OVA is finished, the installation of the nShield Monitor OVA is now complete.

  9. On the VMware Player and Workstation screens, click the green right arrow button to power on nShield Monitor.

    Please allow five minutes for the Virtual Appliance to boot.

    The login prompt displays.

Run the Virtual Machine

  1. At the login prompt, enter the default user ID and password:

    • Default user id: admin

    • Default password: password123

    • The system will prompt you to change the password.

  2. Change the password to one that meets the same minimum requirements those for a user on the nShield.

  3. Record your new password and the IP Address listed and provide information to appropriate personnel.

After the first login from the CLI, the system prompts you to start the CLI Setup Wizard.

It is recommended that you use the WebUI set up wizard. If you would like to use the WebUI for setup, then answer "no" to the prompt for starting the CLI setup wizard.

Entering the wrong password 3 or more times will lock the user out of system and a re-install of OVA is required.
Password error
In most organizations, the information technology or infrastructure group will accomplish the setup of the OVA, while the installation and operation of the nShield Monitor Virtual Appliance will be performed by a different functional group. If you are to perform both tasks (nShield Monitor OVA install and nShield Monitor setup), record your new password and the IP Address listed above and proceed to Setup Wizard.