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How to install the Auvik collector using the OVA file


Before you can start the Auvik collector, you must first do a few things.

  1. Register for a trial.
  2. Add a new client.
  3. Have a supported virtualization platform ready. Desktop virtualization platforms such as Oracle VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, or VMware Workstation are fine for quick use, but aren’t recommended or supported for enterprise implementations.

Virtualization Platforms

Host Operating Systems

VMware ESX 6.7+ (Download here)

NA (barebones hypervisor)

  1. Sign into your Auvik account and access a new client to download the Auvik OVA file.

Need help getting the Auvik collector up and running on your network? This quick start guide shows you the way. The current recommended version of the OVA files is 22.04.

Installing Auvik on VMware ESXi (hypervisor)

  1. Open the VMware vSphere web client.
  2. From the File menu, select Deploy OVF Template.
  3. Browse to the collector file you just downloaded and select it.
  4. Click Next within vSphere.
  5. On the OVF Template Details screen, click Next.
  6. If you’d like to assign a customized name to the collector, enter it at the Name and Location screen, then click Next. If you don’t want to assign a customized name, just click Next.
  7. At the Disk Format screen, select Thin Provision, then Next.
  8. At the Network Mapping screen, select Next.
  9. At the Ready to Complete screen, check Power on after deployment, then Finish. This step will start your Auvik collector.
  10. Ensure that the IP address of the collector remains static. There are two ways to ensure this:
    1. Set up a DHCP reservation for the virtual machine’s MAC address in your DHCP server.
    2. Configure the collector to use a static IP address that lies outside of your DHCP pool. Option 1 on the collector’s console window will help you configure a static IP.

If you have a proxy set up on the network, make sure you configure the collector to communicate to Auvik through the proxy. We assume the virtual machine is set up for DNS and is not relying on the proxy.

  1. From the virtual machine window for the collector, click onto the console.
  2. Select option 8.
  3. Enter the address of the proxy. Click Enter.
  4. Enter the port of the proxy. Click Enter.
  5. Enter the type of authentication used to connect to the proxy (none, basic). Click Enter.
  6. Enter the username to connect to the proxy. Click Enter.
  7. Enter the password to connect to the proxy. Click Enter.

The virtual collector will auto reboot to pick up the proxy settings.

Optional: If you want to allow users to log into the collector even if they don't have access to your virtualization platform, you'll need to enable SSH on the collector.

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