Mar 21, 2016

Deploy KEMP360 Central using VMware vSphere

The purpose of this article is to provide step-by-step instructions on deploying KEMP360 Central with VMware vSphere. This tutorial is intended for anyone who needs more information about deploying KEMP360 Central with VMware vSphere.



KEMP360 Central is a centralized management, orchestration, and monitoring application that enables the administration of deployed LoadMaster instances.

Use KEMP360 Central to perform administrative tasks on each LoadMaster instance. This provides ease of administration because multiple LoadMasters can be administered in one place, rather than accessing each LoadMaster individually.



The VMware virtual machine guest environment for the KEMP360 Central machine, at minimum, must include:
  • 2 x virtual CPUs (reserve 2 GHz)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 40 GB disk space
There may be maximum configuration limits imposed by VMware such as maximum RAM per VM, Virtual NICs per VM etc. For further details regarding the configuration limits imposed by VMware, please refer to the relevant VMware documentation.


Installing KEMP360 Central using vSphere

The following instructions describe how to install KEMP360 Central using the VMware vSphere client.


Download the OVF File

The KEMP360 Central .ovf file is currently unavailable on the KEMP Technologies website.
KEMP360 Central is packaged with an .ovf file for ease of deployment. This file can be freely downloaded from KEMP Technologies for a 30 day evaluation period. To download the OVF file please follow the following instructions.
  1. Log on to
  2. Within the Select the hypervisor platform section, select the option for VMware (OVF).
  3. Select your country.
  4. Click the Download button.
  5. Read the end user agreement.
  6. If you wish to continue, select your country from the drop-down list.
  7. Click on the Agree button.
  8. Download the ovf zip file.
  9. Unzip the contents of the file to an accessible location.

Deploy the OVF File

To deploy the KEMP360 Central machine initiate a Deploy OVF Template wizard which gathers all the information required to correctly deploy the KEMP360 Central machine.
  1. Open the VMware vSphere client.
  2. Select the correct Resource Pool within which you wish to install the KEMP360 Central machine.
  3. Select the File > Deploy OVF Template menu option, this initiates the Deploy OVF Template wizard.

Figure 2‑1: Source
  1. Within the Source screen, click the Browse button and select the downloaded file.
  2. Click the Next button.

Figure 2‑2: OVF Template Details
  1. Within the OVF Template Details screen, ensure that all the details regarding the KEMP360 Central machine are correct.
  2. Click the Next button.

Figure 2‑3: Name and Location
  1. In the Name and Location screen, enter a name for the KEMP360 Central machine into the Name field.
The name can be up to 80 characters long. It should be unique within the virtual machine folder. Names are case sensitive.
  1. If required, select the folder location within the inventory where KEMP360 Central will reside.
  2. Click the Next button.
  3. Within the Resource Pool screen, select the resource pool where KEMP360 will run.
This page only displays if the cluster contains a resource pool and if you have not selected a resource pool within the inventory tree before initiating the deployment wizard.
  1. Click the Next button.

Figure 2‑4: Storage
  1. Within the Storage screen, select the datastore in which you wish to store the VLM.
You may only select from preconfigured datastores within this screen.
  1. Click the Next button.

Figure 2‑5: Disk Format
  1. Within the Disk Format screen, select whether you wish to use Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed, Thick Provision Eager Zeroed or Thin Provision.
KEMP recommends using the Thin Provision option. The estimated disk usage is approximately 40GB.
  1. Click the Next button.

Figure 2‑6: Network Mapping
  1. Within the Network Mapping screen, select which networks in the inventory should be used for KEMP360 Central.
  2. Select the network mapping for Network and Farm by choosing the relevant preconfigured network from the Destination Network drop-down list.
  3. Click the Next button.

Figure 2‑7: Ready to Complete
  1. Within the Ready to Complete screen, ensure that all the details are correct.
  2. Click the Finish button.

Figure 2‑8: Successfully Completed

Once the Finish button is clicked, the KEMP360 Central machine is deployed.


Check the Network Adapter Settings

Before starting KEMP360 Central first verify the network adapters are configured correctly.
  1. Select the deployed KEMP360 Central machine within the inventory tree.
  2. Select the Inventory > Virtual Machine > Edit Settings menu option.
  3. Select Network adapter from the Hardware tree.
  4. Ensure the network adapters are configured correctly as follows:
    1. Ensure the Connect at power on checkbox is selected.
    2. Ensure the Adapter Type is correct.
The default, recommended adapter type is E1000.
KEMP also supports the vmxnet3 driver.
Both E1000 and vmxnet3 support Jumbo frames.
  1. Ensure that the Automatic option is selected within the MAC Address section.
  2. Ensure that the correct Network Label is selected.

Figure 2‑9: Edit Settings

If the network adapters are not configured correctly or if they have not been set up you can add a new network adapter by clicking the Add button.

Power on the KEMP360 Central Machine

To power on the KEMP360 Central machine, follow the steps below:
  1. In the left panel of the client, select the KEMP360 Central machine.

Figure 2‑10: Power On
  1. Click the Power on the virtual machine link.
  2. Select the Console tab and wait for the Virtual Machine to finish booting.

Figure 2‑11: IP address
  1. When the KEMP360 Central Machine finishes booting, a screen similar to the one above appears showing the IP address. Take note of this as you will need it to access the KEMP360 Central machine User Interface (UI).

Initial Configuration of KEMP360 Central

Now that it is deployed, KEMP360 Central needs to be configured. Follow the steps below to complete the initial configuration of KEMP360 Central:
  1. Access the KEMP360 Central UI by opening a web browser and entering the IP address of the KEMP360 Central machinein the address bar.

Figure 3‑1: Welcome Page
  1. Click Continue.

Figure 3‑2: Accept the License Agreement
  1. The End User License Agreement (EULA) will be displayed. Click Agree to accept the EULA and continue.

Figure 3‑3: Enter credentials
  1. Enter your KEMP ID (the email address used when registering the KEMP account).
Users need a KEMP ID to license KEMP360 Central. If you do not have a KEMP ID, click the link provided and register one. For step-by-step instructions on how to register for a KEMP ID, and for information on licensing in general, refer to the Licensing, Feature Description.
  1. Enter your Password.
  2. Click License Now.
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Figure 3‑4: Set Admin Password
  1. Enter a new admin password in the two text boxes provided and click Set Password.
The bar in the middle represents the strength of the password. The fuller the bar is - the more secure the password is.

The initial configuration of KEMP360 Central is now complete.

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