CloudBolt is distributed as an open virtualization appliance (OVA), which is an open standard for packaging VM images for easy installation.
Installing CloudBolt is a five step process:
- Check Prerequisites
- Deploy the CloudBolt VM from OVA
- Configure the CloudBolt VM at the console (network and SSL certificate)
- Complete the Quick Setup Wizard in your browser
- Get started with CloudBolt in the Next Steps
For a successful installation, please make sure you meet these requirements before continuing:
- vCenter 5.0+ or XenServer 6+
- Virtual capacity for:
- 2 CPUs
- 8 GB memory
- 40 GB storage (the initial VM will use 2GB if thin provisioned, 40GB if thick provisioned)
Deploy the CloudBolt VM from OVA¶
To deploy your CloudBolt VM from OVA, follow these steps:
- Use your virtualization manager (eg. vSphere, XenCenter) to deploy the OVA as a virtual machine.
- Boot the newly created CloudBolt VM.
Configure the CloudBolt VM¶
CloudBolt needs a few configuration items before you can access the web console to continue your installation:
Log into the VM console:
- Connect to the VM’s console using your virtualization manager.
- Login with username
Configure CloudBolt’s network settings:
The CloudBolt VM will prompt you for network configuration information and for a new root password.
To re-run this configuration tool, execute
Install SSL certs for HTTPS: (optional)
CloudBolt ships with self-signed certificates that are not trusted by your users’ web browsers unless they make an exception to trust the certificate. You can configure CloudBolt to use trusted certificates that you’ve issued:
Copy your PEM-formatted SSL cert to
Copy your PEM-formatted SSL key to
Set their file permissions like so:
chown apache:apache /etc/pki/tls/certs/localhost.crt /etc/pki/tls/private/localhost.key chmod 400 /etc/pki/tls/certs/localhost.crt /etc/pki/tls/private/localhost.key
Restart CloudBolt with
service httpd restart.
Complete the Quick Setup Wizard¶
- Open the CloudBolt web interface by pointing your browser to the IP address that you assigned the CloudBolt VM.
- Upload your CloudBolt license. If you don’t have one, email your CloudBolt Support Engineer at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Login with username
- Complete the following Quick Setup Wizard steps.
Once the CloudBolt deployment is complete and the VM is running, a web
interface will be available at the IP address of your CloudBolt
instance. After opening the CloudBolt web interface for the first time, you must login as the
admin with the password
admin to begin the quick setup process.
Step 1 — Accept the EULA¶
Read the End User License Agreement. If you accept the agreement, select I agree to the EULA and continue to step 2.
Step 2 — Pick a Technology¶
CloudBolt has support for different hypervisor technologies. Select the technology you want to use with your first resource handler. The rest of these instructions assume you have selected VMware.
Steps 3–7 — Set Up a Resource Handler¶
Depending on the technology you chose in step 2, you will be asked different questions to set up your first resource handler. Respond to these questions to set up the resource handler.
Step 8 — Create an Administrative Account¶
Create a CloudBolt superuser. This user will be able to change all CloudBolt permissions. Enter your own name and other information into this form. All fields are required.
The value of the Organization field will be used to create a sample top-level group in CloudBolt. You can name this for the group you belong to in your company (e.g., “Global IT Services”).
Conclusion of the Wizard¶
After the last step, the wizard will create all the objects that CloudBolt requires to begin provisioning, discovering, and managing VMs. It will create a user account using the information entered in step 8 and automatically log you in so you can begin using CloudBolt.