6.1 Deploying a VMware VM

Complete the steps in Table 6-1 for each appliance that you have planned:

Table 6-1 Deploying a VMware VM

Page, Dialog, or Option

Do This


1 - Identifying the appliance.


  1. Choose an appliance to deploy.

    IMPORTANT:Your Filr deployment must be set up in the order specified in Section 8.0, Creating an Expandable Filr Deployment.

  2. It is recommended to deploy the PostgreSQL appliance behind the firewall.

  3. The Search appliance runs Memcached service to enable clustering. To secure Memcached, it is strongly recommended to deploy the Search appliance behind the firewall. Port 11211 is used by the Memcached service.

    For more information on securing Memcached, see Securing Memcached in the Filr 4.3: Administrative UI Reference.


2 - Launching the Web browser, naming the VM, and choosing the datastore.

Web Browser

  1. On a Web browser, enter the URL for the VMware server and login with the root credentials.

  2. Right-click on the Virtual Machines and click Create/register VM.

Select creation type

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

Select OVF and VMDK files

Specify the name for the virtual machine. For example, Demo-VM. Upload the ovf and vmdk files of Filr, and click Next.

Select Storage

Select a storage repository where the disk images for the imported VMs will be placed. Review the datastore details, and select an appropriate disk format from the available options.Retain all the other default settings, and click Next.

Deployment options

Do not select Power on automatically (so that the VM can be powered on after adding the disks), and click Next.

Ready to complete

Review the screen and click Finish to successfully deploy the Filr Appliance.

The boot disk is created and the appliance is deployed.

3 - Editing the VM settings.

Right-click the VM you just deployed and select Edit Settings.

The Virtual Machine Properties dialog displays.

Virtual Machine Properties

Filr VMware VMs ship with Memory and CPU settings that are appliance-type appropriate in most circumstances.

You can adjust them at this point if desired, or you can adjust them later if required for performance tuning purposes.

If you increase or decrease server memory for a Filr or Filrsearch appliance, you should also modify the Java heap size, as described in Changing JVM Configuration Settings in the Filr 4.3: Administrative UI Reference.


4 - Adding and configuring disk 2 (/vastorage) and disk 3 (/var)

Virtual Hardware

  1. Click Add hard disk > New standard hard disk. This adds second hard disk.

  2. Click Add hard disk > New standard hard disk. This adds the third hard disk.

    Click Save to successfully add the hard disks.

Repeat the steps in this table until all of your planned appliances have been deployed, then continue with Section 7.0, Starting and Configuring the Filr Appliances.