Virtual appliance

ERA Server can be deployed in a VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V environment. The ERA Virtual appliance comes as an OVA (Open Virtualization Appliance) file. The OVA file is a template that contains a functional CentOS 6.5 operating system. You can deploy either ERA Server, ERA Proxy or ERA MDM using the appropriate template. When deploying an OVF template in VMware, follow the instructions from the Setup wizard that to specify the password for your ERA administrator account and configure the virtual machine before deployment. Once the appliance is deployed, the virtual machine is a complete environment with ESET Remote Administrator ready to be used.

ERA Virtual appliances are vmx-07 virtual hardware family type, and are supported by the following VMware Hypervisors:

oESXi 5.0 and newer
oWorkstation 6.5 and newer

validation-status-icon-infoNOTE: It is possible to use VMware Player or Oracle VirtualBox on a desktop operating system and deploy the virtual appliance using this configuration. This lets you run ESET Remote Administrator on a non-server OS with no need for enterprise-level ESXi. This applies to the ERA_Server.ova file only.

Deploying an OVF Template in vSphere Client

1.Connect to vCenter Server using vSphere Client (do not connect directly to ESXi server).
2.Click File in the top menu bar and select Deploy OVF Template.
3.Click Browse, navigate to the OVA file you downloaded from the ESET website and then click Open. Depending on which component you want to deploy, use the ERA_Server.ova, ERA_Proxy.ova or ERA_MDM.ova file.
4.Click Next in the OVF Template Details window.
5.Read and accept the End User License Agreement (EULA).
6.Follow the instructions on screen to complete installation and specify the following information about your virtual client:

- Name and Location

- Host/Cluster

- Resource Pool

- Storage

- Disk Format

- Network Mapping

6.In the Properties page, specify a Hostname (this will be your ERA Server or ERA Proxy hostname) and Password. This password is important, as it will be used in all ERA components—ERA database, ERA Server and ERA Web Console—as well as for access to your ERA Virtual Machine (CentOS).
7.The rest of the fields are optional, you can specify your Windows Domain details which are useful for Static Group Synchronization. You can also set Networking Properties.


8.Click Next, review the deployment summary and click Finish. The process will automatically create a virtual machine with the settings you specified. Once the VM is successfully created, you can power it on.


9.When you open your VMware console after deploying ERA, you will see the following information with your ERA Web Console URL in the format https://[IP address]:8443. Type the displayed URL into your web browser to Log into your ERA Web Console (use the password that you specified in step 6).


NOTE: We highly recommend that you configure vCenter Roles and Permissions in such a way that VMware users won't be able to access the ERA virtual machine. This will prevent users tampering with the ERA VM. There is no need for ERA users to access the VM. To manage access to ESET Remote Administrator itself, use Access Rights within the ERA Web Console.