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Deploying VisibleThread on VMware ESX


How to deploy VisibleThread on VMWare ESX

The setup and configuration of the VisibleThread appliance consists of three basic steps:

1. Deploying the virtual machine on ESX.

2. Configuring the VisibleThread server so that it is network accessible by VisibleThread users.

3. Upload your VisibleThread license and create users.

Details of these steps are given below

Deploying the VisibleThread virtual machine on ESX

1. Download the free VMware converter tool ( and install - select "Local installation".

2. Launch the VMware converter, and click on the 'Convert Machine' button



3. Choose 'VMWare Workstation' as the source type, and click the 'Browse' button, select the location where you downloaded the VisibleThreadServer-<version>-<build>.ova file, and choose the "VisibleThread - Team Server.vmx" file.



4. Hit 'Next'

5. Select 'VMWare Inferastructure Virtual Machine' as the destination, and enter the server details for the VMWare infrastructure (ESX) server.



6. Hit 'Next'

7.In the 'Name' field, type 'VisibleThreadServer'.


8. Hit 'Next'

9. Select the datastore you wish to use to store the VisibleThread virtual appliance, and select 'Version 8' for the Virtual Machine version.



10. Hit 'Next'

11. In the Summary screen, ensure that 4GB of memory is allocated to the Virtual Appliance, and that the network adapter is enabled.

12. Hit 'Finish' to start the conversion.

13. The conversion process may take some time depending on your environment.


The VisibleThread server should now be deployed as a Virtual Appliance on your ESX server.

Configuring the VisibleThread server

1. Select the VisibleThreadServer virtual machine and click the 'Play' button on the toolbar.

2. When asked ‘This virtual machine  might have been moved or copied’, click ‘I copied it’.

3. The VisibleThread appliance runs the latest long term supported version of the Ubuntu operating system. The user account for logging on to the operating system is :

username ‘visiblethread’

password ‘password’.

Note this account has root privileges on the system.

4. Login to the Ubuntu operating system using the credentials listed in step 3.

5. By default, the VisibleThread server is configured to pick up an IP address automatically from your network. To see what the ip configuration for the server is type the following at the command prompt, you should see something similar to what is displayed below:

> ifconfig

eth0     Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 40:40:2d:ef:41:54

inet addr: Bcast: Mask:

inet6 addr: fe80::4240:2dff:feef:4154/64 Scope:Link


RX packets:17632221 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:14928547 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000

RX bytes:8069857778 (8.0 GB) TX bytes:17026117038 (17.0 GB)



6. It may be useful to assign a static IP to the VisibleThread server. This way users can use a consistent address to connect to the VisibleThread server. To do so follow these steps:

Open the /etc/network/interfaces file using the pico editor:

sudo pico /etc/network/interfaces


  In this file you should see the following line:

iface eth0 inet dhcp


Replace the word ‘dhcp’ with the word ‘static’ and add the relevant information for your network settings (ipaddress, gateway etc..), for example:

iface eth0 inet static





Save and close the /etc/network/interfaces file. To save the file type Ctrl-O i.e. control key and the letter o (which will prompt to save the file), then hit enter. Then to exit to the console type ctrl-x.

 Restart the networking service on the Virtual Appliance:

sudo systemctl restart ifup@eth0

Apply latest upgrade, upload license and create users

To complete the configuration of your VisibleThread installation you need to  upload your license and create some users. Follow the detailed instructions here :

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