VisibleThread Help Center

    Deploying VisibleThread on VMWare ESX with .OVA


    In your ESX vsphere server click on File in the top left corner and navigate and click on "Deploy OVF Template"



    Now browse and choose the VisibleThread OVA file you downloaded and click next.howto2.png


    After clicking next it will show you the OVF template details.howto3.png


    Next we give it a name so it stand out from other running virtual machines.howto4.png


    Assign storage, in this case I choose datastore1.howto5.png


    Now you need to format the disk, choose Thick Provision Lazy Zerodhowto6a.png


    And lastly it will show you details of all the options you selected.howto7.png


    Click "Finish" the deploy will now start.


    Once the deploy has finished it will show up in the list as a virtual machine.

    Edit the settings of the Virtual machine and ensure it has 4GB of memory allocated to it.


    Configuring the VisibleThread server

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

    2. 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.

    3. Login to the Ubuntu operating system using the credentials listed in step 2.

    4. 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)



    5. 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 :

    Was this article helpful?
    0 out of 0 found this helpful